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Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe Hits Public Television

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Music City RootsNashville, TN -- The inaugural televised series of Music City Roots: Live from The Loveless Cafe, will premiere on its hometown station, Nashville Public Television, on Sept. 13, 2013 at 7 pm central. Soon thereafter, the 13-episode series, distributed by American Public Television, will debut in tens of millions of homes, having received commitments from markets covering over 60% of all US households, including WNET in New York, WGBH in Boston, plus stations in Los Angeles, Austin and over 75 other markets. New markets will be added every month.

This historic premiere answers the prayers of generations of Nashville artists, producers, businesspeople and civic leaders for a national television showcase for the diverse artistry happening in Nashville, beyond the well-publicized country music industry. Launched and run as a live radio show with a focus on artistry and community, Music City Roots celebrates the diversity and dynamism of the new Nashville and the national revival of folk and roots music.

"Music City Roots is a community of bands, fans and brands and we created the show to shine a light on musical diversity, quality and authenticity and to push that out through live radio, live streaming, syndicated radio and now nationwide television,” said Executive Producer Todd Mayo. “Our musical culture is our number one export as a city and we are all very proud to be partnering with NPT to present Music City Roots to a nationwide audience."

“This show is a dream come true for us and for all the Middle Tennesseans who have contacted and talked with us over the years about the need to showcase Nashville’s extraordinary roots music talent to the nation,” said Justin Harvey, NPT director of content. “We couldn’t have made that dream come true without Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe, who have been the torchbearer for roots music for some time now. We’re proud and excited that it’s happening.”

“Loveless Cafe congratulates Music City Roots on the launch of this TV series. The partnership of this innovative program with the Loveless Barn, our adaptable event space professionally outfitted for light and sound located in the outskirts of Music City, has been a natural pairing," states Mike Mitchell GM Loveless Barn.

Twelve of the season’s 13 episodes are condensed looks at shows from the Fall 2012 season of MCR. Among the performances: Musical legends like Bobby Bare and Leon Russell interpret the American songbook through folk standards and Hank Williams classics. Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale premiere songs from an acclaimed duo album. Iconic songwriting couple Robin & Linda Williams bring their experience and elegance to the stage, while bluegrass standard-bearers IIIrd Tyme Out prove why their traditional sound has made a comeback. Rockabilly star and long-time Fleetwood Mac guitarist Billy Burnette “tears it up” on the Loveless stage. We hear from leading progressive artists like Langhorne Slim, Lake Street Dive, Della Mae and HoneyHoney. The hip and important East Nashville music scene is represented by alt-country masters Elizabeth Cook, Jon Byrd and Derek Hoke. And blazing emerging talent gets spotted at Roots, including Alabama’s Saint Paul & The Broken Bones and Nashville’s Delta Saints and Dugas. The thirteenth show will survey some of the best performances on the show in 2013.

Production of this national broadcast is made possible by support from Belmont University, Col. Littleton, Griffin Technology and Star 129 Diamond.

Music City Roots is a weekly live radio show and HD webcast featuring the finest roots and Americana music from or passing through Nashville. Currently in its fourth year on the air, 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 Central, four or five guest artists perform to audience of 300-600 people in a beautiful barn at the historic Loveless Cafe, reaching the world via and flagship radio partner Hippie Radio, WHPY at 94.5 FM. Music City Roots is presented by Nissan, French’s Shoes and Boots, Star129, Ascend Federal Credit Union, Vietti Chili, Griffin Technology, Ole Smoky Moonshine and The Nature Conservancy. To learn more, please visit:

Nashville Public Television is available free and over-the-air to nearly 2.4 million people throughout the Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky viewing area through its main NPT and secondary NPT2 channels, and to anyone in the world through its stable of NPT Digital services, including, YouTube and the PBS video app. The mission of NPT is to provide, through the power of traditional television and interactive digital communications, high quality educational, cultural and civic experiences that address issues and concerns of the people of the Nashville region, and which thereby help improve the lives of those we serve.

Originally known as the Harpeth Valley Tea Room, The Loveless Motel and Cafe first started serving its famous fried chicken and biscuits in 1951 when the property was purchased by Lon and Annie Loveless. Soon they converted the rooms of the early 1900’s home into the dining room and kitchen of the Loveless Cafe and enlarged the menu to include country hams that were cured, smoked and carved on the premises. The property changed hands several times and motel operations ceased in 1985 with the 14 units converted into retail stores. The restaurant underwent a major renovation in 2004 but the world-famous biscuit recipes remains unchanged and the hickory-smoked barbecue made on-premises brings back memories (and tastes) of days gone by.

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