One week to go! On July 9, Music City Roots will debut in our new home, Liberty Hall inside The Factory At Franklin. This larger venue will give us a chance to try new things and enlarge our community, while retaining the vibe and values we cultivated at The Loveless Cafe. We appreciate your support during this major transition. Here are a few things we want you to know about.
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.
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.
One of the coolest things about our new life at The Factory will be a new store-front space with a studio for our streaming Roots Radio station. For the first time we'll be able to supplement our "jukebox" of MCR recordings with live sessions and interviews. You'll be able to drop by to meet our staff, get information or buy show merch weekdays from 10-2 and on most Saturday mornings.
If you haven't visited MusicCityRoots.com in a few weeks, please do. You'll find a totally redesigned web site with a better look and easier access to information. We are definitely still tweaking and adding content, so if you see something strange, we are probably already working on it.
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.