Country music icons Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell will inaugurate a new chapter in the life of Music City Roots (MCR) with performances at Liberty Hall in The Factory At Franklin, on July 9, 2014. The show will be a benefit for Bonaparte’s Retreat Dog Rescue, the nonprofit set up in 2004 by Emmylou Harris. Rounding out the lineup on this gala night will be songwriter Verlon Thompson and Nashville band Humming House.
In recent weeks, Music City Roots has finalized plans to stage its Factory shows in the spacious Liberty Hall, rather than Jamison Hall as previously announced. The facility will offer the show flexible seating arrangements for audiences ranging from 300 to 1,200 people, plus superb audio and lighting capabilities and first-class accommodations for artists and guests.
MCR also announces the launch of a new Roots after-party, hosted by Saffire Restaurant and Bar, the official catering partner of Music City Roots. Saffire is one of the Nashville area’s best and most cherished restaurants, with innovative, locally sourced Southern cuisine and a comfortable, intimate atmosphere. After Roots is over, musicians and patrons with instruments are invited to come jam until midnight every Wednesday.
Roots will initiate a modest rise in its ticket price for the first time in its five-year history. As part of a new ticketing arrangement with Etix, MCR tickets will now be $15 inclusive of service fees. Since ticketing to date has been $10 plus fees, this represents only a $2 increase to our effective ticket price. This will allow Roots to share more revenue with the artists playing the show. Every show’s gate revenue goes entirely to the on-stage talent.
The Factory offers expanded opportunities for discounted group sales and dining packages, including a private suite with reception area and dedicated seating.
A new Music City Roots web site will go live on or around June 19. It is being developed by Nashville’s Rockhouse Partners.
Roots Radio is moving into new studio space immediately outside the entrance to Liberty Hall. The 24/7 streaming service of Roots, featuring a library of almost 1,000 hand-picked performances on the show going back to 2009, will grow into its new space with live interviews and DJ sessions by the Roots hosts and team. Roots Radio is available online at RootsRadio.com or on smartphones through a free RootsRadio app.
Easy access to our venue will be a top priority as we settle into our new home. The Factory At Franklin, a rapidly developing hub for music and art, will be easy to reach for most residents of Davidson and Williamson Counties. Directions to Liberty Hall via the McEwen Exit off of I-65 will be widely publicized in coming weeks and will be posted on a new Music City Roots web site in late June.
“We couldn’t be more excited about this move, and now with our custom sound and lights going in to Liberty Hall, it’s starting to feel very real,” says Music City Roots co-founder John Walker. “Emmylou Harris was part of our very first show on October 9, 2009, so it could not be more appropriate to have her – as well has her old friend and collaborator Rodney Crowell – perform as we launch a new era in our show’s life.”
Music City Roots is a weekly live radio show and HD webcast featuring the finest roots and Americana music based in or passing through Nashville. Since going on the air in October 2009, Music City Roots has broadcast the authentic sound of today’s Music City, embracing the traditional and the progressive in equal measure. Every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm Central, four or five guest artists perform to an intimate audience of 300-600 people, with a live broadcast to the world via Livestream.com and flagship radio partner Hippie Radio 94.5 FM. Veteran Grand Ole Opry announcer Keith Bilbrey emcees with help from musical host, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale, and interview guy Craig Havighurst. Thirteen episodes per year are edited for distribution by American Public Television via flagship PBS-affiliate WNPT in Nashville. A syndicated version of the radio show is also broadcast on a growing network of terrestrial radio stations nationwide.
Roots Radio is an Internet radio station featuring live cuts and interviews from the great catalog of recordings captured at Music City Roots since 2009, streaming 24/7 at RootsRadio.com and via free iPhone and Android apps.