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Dailey & Vincent at the Schermerhorn Center

Dailey & VincentEvery now and then, Music City Roots (MCR) partners up with Nashville's best and most authentic creators and purveyors of art and culture to make the whole community stronger and more visible. Here's such a case. The Nashville Symphony is performing with MCR alums Dailey & Vincent at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. This event is sure to solidify our vision of Americana music and the soul of Music City.

Burnett, Welch, Rawlings Receive American Master Awards

Pat Pattison, David Rawlings, Gillian Welch, T Bone Burnett, and Berklee President Roger Brown.Boston, MA, and Franklin, TN. Berklee College of Music presented American Master Awards to legendary record producer, songwriter and recording artist T Bone Burnett, and acclaimed roots duo Gillian Welch and David Rawlings – both Berklee alumni – at a special Tuesday night edition of Music City Roots, the variety weekly music broadcast from the Factory in Franklin, TN. Welch and Rawlings took the stage after accepting their awards and performed songs including "The Way it Goes," and "Look at Miss Ohio." Burnett joined them for "Everything is Free." Berklee alumnae Sierra Hull, Liz Longley, and Maureen Murphy also performed at the event, hosted by Jim Lauderdale. The American Master Award is presented by Berklee to industry leaders whose openness, generosity and deep commitment to music education have made a positive impact on the lives of young musicians, providing them opportunities to grow as artists and leaders.

Berklee to Present American Master Awards at Music City Roots

Gillian Welch and David RawlingsBoston, MA -- Berklee will present American Master Awards to legendary record producer, songwriter and recording artist T Bone Burnett, as well as the acclaimed roots duo of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings on a special Tuesday night edition of Music City Roots, the variety weekly music broadcast from the Factory in Franklin, TN. The show, set for March 15, 2016, will feature performances by outstanding Berklee alumni Sierra Hull (’11), Liz Longley (’10) and Maureen Murphy ('99). Berklee alumni Welch and Rawlings will perform as well, closing the show following presentation of the awards.

John McEuen Celebrates 70th Birthday with a Few Hundred Friends

John McEuen 70th BirthdayJohn McEuen says he wanted to have a birthday party at a place where he didn’t have to clean up after it was over, so he brought his gang of musician friends together for a birthday jam on the highly popular show, “Music City Roots,” at The Factory in Franklin. The String Wizard was joined onstage by country and bluegrass icons Jesse McReynolds, Roland White, Jeff Hanna, David Amram, Rhonda Vincent, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Les Thompson, John Cable, Matt Cartsonis, Bernie Leadon and John Carter Cash.

John McEuen Celebrates 70th Birthday at Music City Roots

John McEuenJohn McEuen has asked a group of friends from varying genres of music to join him in celebrating his 70th birthday in Nashville. Born December 19, 1945 in Oakland, California, the String Wizard is bringing what he is calling his “Music City Jam and Christmas Show” to Music City Roots at The Factory in Franklin on December 16. Joining him with be original Nitty Gritty Dirt Band bass player (’66-’75) Les Thompson, who performed on the “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” album and many of their early hits. Along with Les will be another former Dirt Band alumni, John Cable, who went on the NGDB’s historic trip to the Soviet Union in May of 1977. The NGDB was the first American group to tour Russia. Joining them will be long time musical pal Matt Cartsonis (mandola and guitar) who is also known as an ‘acrobatic’ singer.

Edge of Music City Sees Emerging Music Scene

Music City Roots - The FactoryFranklin, TN -- Franklin, Tennessee is making its mark on the live music scene, elevated by the success of the recent inaugural Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, proclaimed to be "arguably the best curated (festival) of the year" by Rolling Stone. This Southern suburb of Nashville, known for its Civil War attractions, historic preservation accomplishments and quaint Main Street appeal, is getting a second look for its live music, attracting locals and visitors alike.

26th IBMA Awards to be Live Streamed by Music City Roots

IBMA Awards LogoNashville, TN -- Thursday night’s 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards will be live streamed online by Music City Roots on their website, www.MusicCityRoots.com. This is in addition to the live broadcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (Bluegrass Junction) which was previously announced, as well as the live broadcast throughout North Carolina by WUNC-TV. Sponsors making this possible include Acceptance Auto Insurance, BMI, Compass Records, Deering Banjos, and the International Bluegrass Music Museum and Mountain Home Music Company. The show will be hosted by The Gibson Brothers and begins at 7:30 p.m./EDT and takes place at Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, N.C. Awards are voted on by the professional membership of the IBMA.

Ronnie Reno on Top-Ten, Prepares for Music City Roots' 60th Anniversary

 Lessons LearnedNashville, TN -- Ronnie Reno returns to the Top-Ten of Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart this week at #8 with his first solo release in over a decade, Lessons Learned (Rural Rhythm Records). Climbing from the #10 position reported three weeks ago, the appropriately named Lessons Learned is a bit of a musical nod and Reno's personal reflection on his storied music career as an award-winning artist, songwriter, producer and television host. (Lessons Learned is available for fans on iTunes, Amazon and wherever Bluegrass and Country music are sold.)

Top Artists to Play All-Bluegrass Show at Music City Roots Aug 12

All Bluegrass ShowNashville, TN -- Top-tier bluegrass performers The Gibson Brothers, Sierra Hull, Travelin’ McCourys and Chris Jones and the Night Drivers will play a special all-bluegrass show at Music City Roots (at the Factory in Franklin) on Wednesday night, August 12 at 7p.m. CDT. Tickets are $10 and available online at www.musiccityroots.com, and the event will be livestreamed on the same website. The all-bluegrass show will follow a day of award nomination announcements for the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, which take place Thursday, October 1 in Raleigh, North Carolina during World of Bluegrass week. The annual all-bluegrass show at Music City Roots is in celebration of bluegrass, the award nominees’ announcements, and a great partnership between the IBMA and Music City Roots.

IBMA Announces TV Broadcast of Bluegrass Music Awards

Balsam Range IBMA Entertainer of the YearNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced plans to air an edited version of the 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards on U.S. television. The Awards show, filmed live on October 2, 2014 in the Memorial Theatre at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina and hosted by Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas, will be part of American Public Television’s “Music City Roots” series in 2015. The syndicated series aired in 71 PBS markets across the United States this past year. A one-hour edit of the Awards show is expected to air in late February or early March 2015.

Music City Roots Hosts Front Country, Joe Mullins Wednesday

Front CountryMusic City Roots Live from The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee will feature exciting bluegrass Wednesday, October 8th. Front Country and Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers will join Jeff Black, Garety Laffely and others.

Music City Roots Hosts IBMA Nominations Show

Sam BushPerhaps you followed the drama that surrounded the International Bluegrass Music Association moving its annual World Of Bluegrass convention from Nashville to Raleigh, NC last year. The group, which supports the art and business of bluegrass worldwide, wrestled with declining attendance and many complicated pros and cons of Nashville. We were courted by officials from Raleigh who proved beyond a doubt that they wanted World of Bluegrass to be part of their Fall calendar and culture. And long story short, we made a very tough decision to head to a new city and it went better than any of us dared to hope. Even the IBMA Awards show was a hit, despite the painful sacrifice of moving out of the Ryman Auditorium.

Detour Joins Sam Bush, Others at Music City Roots Aug 13

Detour Bluegrass BandNashville, TN -- Detour bluegrass band is proud to announce they will perform Wednesday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Music City Roots - Nashville's acclaimed Roots and Americana variety show hosted by Jim Lauderdale. This live concert event, featuring Sam Bush, Detour, Balsam Range and Becky Buller, will be webcast nationwide at musiccityroots.com or via the new Livestream app for phones and tablets. Fans can also tune in to Hippie Radio 94.5 FM in Nashville. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at MusicCityRoots.com.

Music City Roots Moves to The Factory

Music City Roots - The FactoryOne 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.

Music City Roots Debuts at The Factory on July 9

Music City Roots - The FactoryCountry 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.

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