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Music City Roots moving to Factory at Franklin - The Tennesean - April 09, 2014
FRANKLIN – On the cusp of its new spring season, weekly live music and radio show Music City Roots will trade the biscuits and barn of the Loveless Cafe Barn this summer for a new home among the history and exposed brick of the Factory at Franklin.
Music City Roots Mixes Quality Performers and Fun - MusicRow - January 17, 2014

Music City Roots is one of Nashville’s most welcoming concert experiences for artists and fans alike. The cozy Loveless Barn, where the smell of barbecue wafts through the air, is a perfect venue for the show reminiscent of an old-time radio broadcast. (Fans can listen from home via online streaming or on Hippie Radio 94.5.)

Music City Roots Launches Roots Radio - September 05, 2012

(Nashville, Tenn.) September 5, 2012 -Music City Roots today announces the launch of Roots Radio (, a new streaming music service featuring standout performances from the fast-growing live, weekly radio show. The stream can be accessed on the web or directly on iPhone or Android smartphones via the free Roots Radio app.

August 22nd - Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe Partners With Putumayo World Music For Bluegrass Show - August 17, 2012

(Nashville, Tenn.)  August 17, 2012 - Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe, Nashville’s acclaimed weekly Americana music broadcast series, will host a special edition on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 featuring artists included on the new anthology Putumayo Presents Bluegrass. Slated to perform are the Sam Bush Band, Town Mountain, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen and a duo featuring banjoist Alison Brown and fiddler Andrea Zonn. Bluegrass is the first collection Putumayo has devoted to one of America’s greatest musical genres, and its wide ranging survey of styles fits comfortably with Music City Roots’ eclectic programming philosophy.

CMT News selected Loveless Cafe/Music City Roots as One of the Top 10 Prime Spots in Nashville. - June 06, 2012

Loveless Cafe/Music City Roots

You'll need a car to get to the Loveless Cafe and probably a nap after you eat. Their biscuits are nationally famous, although some locals prefer the delicious dinner menu. On Wednesday nights, the barn out back hosts Music City Roots, a neat radio show with a satisfyingly diverse roster. (8400 Tennessee Highway 100).

By CMT News

Bellevue’s Best Kept Secret: Music City Roots at Loveless! - By Marissa DeCuir - July 21, 2011

Creators of the ever-growing Music City Roots show only ever looked at one host venue – the Loveless Barn. 

“Bellevue is our home, and we’re proud to be here,” said co-founder Todd Mayo. “Our No. 1 export in Nashville is our music. But this show is combining two great things of our culture – music and food.” 

Some people told Mayo and cofounder John Walker that the show would never work that far away from downtown and Music Row.

Doobie Brothers and Women Find their Roots at the Loveless Cafe - February 27, 2011
Doobie Brothers and Women Find their Roots at the Loveless Cafe

Legendary funk band and Americana female performers scheduled for March 2 show

NASHVILLE, TN – February 28, 2011 - Music City Roots: Live from the Loveless Cafe, Nashville’s acclaimed weekly roots/Americana radio show will feature a very special acoustical performance by the Doobie Brothers on its Wednesday, March 2 show beginning at 7 p.m. CST. The show, which airs live on Lightning 100, Nashville’s longest-running, independently-owned radio station, will be produced and live streamed with NewTek TriCaster™ portable live production system, so fans worldwide can watch this unique performance from the legendary rock and funk band on their computer or mobile devices, at: Nashville area fans wanting to catch the show in person may order tickets at
Music City Roots radio show offers new artists big stage - By Juanita Cousins in THE TENNESSEAN - November 27, 2010

Music City Roots radio show offers new artists big stage.

Producers have made changes with Loveless Cafe’s radio show, Music City Roots, to give greater exposure to emerging artists.

The weekly variety program has moved to Lightning 100, WRLT-FM, and video is also broadcast on, allowing fans and first-timers to see and hear the acts for free on their computers or smart phones.

John Oates And Sam Bush Bring Their Roots To Loveless Barn - Matt Popkin in - November 11, 2010

Out in the Tennessee backwoods, Music City Roots always delivers a great show. Held at the Loveless Barn, the show is a throwback to an older time. It plays live on the radio, but commercials are read over the microphone. There are five acts, but each uses the same drum set. It’s five songs and onto the next performer, giving the concert series a casual, down-home feel. Did I mention there are biscuits and jam as well? Delicious, and oh-so-welcoming.

Jim being honored by SESAC - Tennessean - November 03, 2010

Performing rights organization SESAC will honor Nashville singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale with an Inspiration Award during the SESAC Nashville Music Awards on Nov. 8.

Lauderdale is a two-time Grammy winning recording artist who has penned songs recorded by George Strait, Patty Loveless, the Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, Elvis Costello and numerous others.

Music City Roots Partners with Lightning 100, Livestream and NewTek - October 18, 2010

NASHVILLE, TN - Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe, Nashville’s acclaimed weekly roots/Americana radio show, is proud to announce several new broadcast partners when it returns for its first anniversary show on October 20.

Lightning 100 (WRLT, 100.1 FM), the first of these new broadcast partners, makes an ideal platform for the artistry and authenticity of Music City Roots. WRLT will give Music City Roots a stronger, higher-fidelity FM signal in its home market, as well as access to a larger, younger and more diverse audience. While Music City Roots are sad to bid goodbye to emcee Eddie Stubbs, they are happy to welcome veteran announcer Keith Bilbrey. This broadcasting legend will introduce the show and read live messages from valued sponsors, as well as being joined each week by musical host Jim Lauderdale and journalist/interviewer Craig Havighurst.

Music City Roots moves to the FM dial - by Jon Weisberger in Nashville Scene - October 14, 2010

There was plenty of well-deserved hoopla surrounding the Grand Ole Opry's 85th anniversary celebration last week, but the Opry wasn't the only Nashville-based country music variety show celebrating a birthday this month. It wasn't even the only one to have started out on WSM 650-AM, although it's the only one there now. Music City Roots, the brainchild of local admen, music enthusiasts and self-described "corporate radio ex-pats" Todd Mayo and John Walker, launched in October 2009, and spent its first season of live broadcasts on the big WSM tower and streaming online at the station's website.

MCR Announces Move to WRLT - Lightning 100 - October 14, 2010

Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe, Nashville's acclaimed weekly roots/Americana radio show, is proud to announce that when it returns for its first anniversary broadcast on October 20, it will have a new radio partner in Lightning 100 (WRLT, 100.1 FM). As Music City's long-time leader in progressive music radio, Lightning 100 makes an ideal platform for the artistry and authenticity of Music City Roots. WRLT will give Music City Roots a stronger, higher-fidelity FM signal in its home market, as well as access to a larger, younger and more diverse audience.

Nashville Scene - Best of Nashville - October 12, 2010

Best New Roots Music Venue: The Loveless Barn

Every Wednesday night for the past year, Music City Roots has been broadcast live from the Loveless Barn – behind the biscuit-making landmark the Loveless Café – on WSM.  Besides airing on the same station, there’s one other similarity to the Opry – Eddie Stubbs’ announcing.  Otherwise, the midweek show’s a different animal, more akin to what the Opry must’ve been like some 60 years ago.  The tickets are cheap, the atmosphere loose, the lineups interspersed with up-and-comers and veterans, and it’s truly an all-ages crowd.

Jewly Hight

Concert review - the Direct Buzz, October 2010 Edition - October 10, 2010


Music City Roots’ mission statement is: “music of integrity, rooted deeply in the culture of Tennessee, and branching out to the world.” With this show marking the opening of the 2010 Americana Music Festival and Conference, they delivered on that motto in spades. Held in the Loveless Barn by the world-famous Loveless Café, and broadcast live each week on WSM 650-AM, and globally via their website at, Music City Roots captures the intimacy and feel of the early Opry. Hosted by Jim Lauderdale, and joined by longtime Opry announcer, Eddie Stubbs, the concert highlighted some the top and rising artists of the genre, including Chuck Mead, Manda Mosher, duo Madison Violet, Corb Lund and the SteelDrivers.
“Behind the Desk” Feature in the Direct Buzz, October 2010 Edition - October 08, 2010

Todd Mayo and John Walker preside as Executive Producers of Nashville’s newest live music attraction: Music City Roots: Live from the Loveless Café. From their enviable position on the outskirts of Nashville, they had at least two very big advantages going for themselves right out of the gate. 1: The name. Next to the Grand Ole Opry and the Opryland Hotel, the Loveless brand is world famous. 2. Proximity to great talent. Enough said. However, it is what they have built on those strengths that is truly extraordinary. While some live music ventures are struggling to survive and music revenues are down across the board, Music City Roots is flourishing.

Live music and fried chicken, what else could a Nashville fan want? - By Margaret Littman - September 04, 2010

Live music is not in short supply in Music City. Everywhere you go someone is playing something. And, usually it is something to which you might want to listen. But the shows that really capture the essence of the creativity and talent of Nashville are more rare and farther between. Music City Roots, a live radio show broadcast from the beloved Loveless Cafe (8400 Hwy. 100), is one of those must-see experiences.


Honest Abe Log Homes Joins with Mountain Heart in New Series of Commercials - August 26, 2010

Honest Abe Log Homes, a leading manufacture of log cabins throughout the United States, recently forged a unique and active marketing relationship with Mountain Heart, a well established progressive roots/alt-bluegrass band. As Honest Abe lead a search for talent to appear in a series of new commercials, Mountain Heart leaped from the pool of talent surrounding Nashville, Tennessee and became an obvious choice to partner with. This pairing is a new approach for each organization as they partner to market and expand their target demographics.

Brandi Carlile, Jason & the Scorchers Go Back to Their 'Roots' by Stephen L. Betts - June 19, 2010

On any given night in Nashville, it's not exactly a challenge to track down quality musical entertainment, but one would certainly be hard-pressed to find a more eclectic -- and exciting -- lineup than those at Music City Roots. And on Wednesday, June 16, a standing- (and sweating-)room-only crowd witnessed, and participated in, the most enthusiastically received performance in the weekly show's history thus far.


Music City Roots May 26, 2010 - Josh Hathaway on - May 31, 2010

On Wednesday, Nashville was 108 miles and seven decades from me.  You can't get to Loveless Cafe and Music City Roots by traveling I-65 North; you have to travel through a portal to a time when radio shows were live and commercials were done live by an announcer with one of those preposterously deep voices and barbecue and fried chicken were homemade.  You can get there from here but you need more than Google Maps.

Gary Nicholson, John Cowan Dig Their Music City Roots - Vernell Hackett - April 24, 2010

Loveless Café, home of the best southern biscuits and friend chicken in the south, has now morphed into Loveless Barn, home of some of the best music in the south. The new Nashville music venue is home to Music City Roots, where every Wednesday some of the best in bluegrass, Americana and country meet jazz, swing and the blues.

Music City Roots: Not Your Average Music City Venue - By Todd - February 27, 2010

I long for the day when Nashville moves out of the umbrella of country music, and is recognized for its eclecticism. WSM’s Music City Roots might just be the venue that makes this dream a reality. Nashville will always look to country music as it’s saving grace. It is in our blood, and we will defend it with great tenacity. However, people seem to be experiencing tunnel vision. They don’t know that country music has been and is still inspired by the likes of Gospel, Bluegrass, Americana, and Rock music.  Music City Roots is providing an education, if you will, to people that are exploring artists that are still keeping the backbone of American music alive. I had the great privilege of seeing this show last night, and let me tell you, the amazing talent that they are able to pack into 2-2.5 hours is staggering.

The Nashville Scene on Split Lip Rayfield - January 29, 2010

Even in a scene slowly flooding with string bands that play with punk-rock fervor, Split Lip Rayfield stand out. For one, their origins go back further than most, to the mid-'90s when the Wichita, Kan., act formed out of Bloodshot Records metal-country act Scroat Belly. The other big difference is the musical backbone of bassist Jeff Eaton, who plays a one-string gut-bucket bass constructed out of a '78 Mercury Marquis gas tank and a weed-whacker line with an upright bass pickup system for amplification. You can bet it's plenty loud, a sensation augmented by the ferocity of their playing.

Tomi Fujiyama “Made In Japan” Independent film press release - January 26, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – January 21,2010 - "Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe,"  airing on flagship legend WSM 650-AM, is proud to host an appearance by 70-year-old Japanese Country singer, Tomi Fujiyama, as she returns to Nashville to put the finishing touches on an independent documentary film called “Made in Japan”.

The Nashville Scene by Michael McCall - January 24, 2010

The exemplary new Music City Roots series at Loveless Barn repeatedly reveals how American traditional music continues to grow in many different directions. Fittingly, then, this week’s program features masterful acoustic musician Tim O’Brien, who at times has seemed to try to embrace every kind of folk music that exists. Live, he’ll sweep from bluegrass to Celtic to a focus on lyrical ideas common to singer-songwriters.

The Nashville Scene by Jewly Hight - January 24, 2010

There’s this show that Eddie Stubbs hosts and WSM broadcasts live each week, different from the one that’s gone on for decades in a big theatre cast as a barn. This show has only been around for a month—in a barn behind the Loveless Café, no less—and its lineup each Wednesday is all-Americana (it’s not Little Jimmy Dickens’ scene). - January 19, 2010
Will Hoge's Music City Roots Are Showing - by Craig Shelburne
The Tennessean - January 04, 2010
Wed., Jan. 6: Tim O’Brien shows his Music City Roots
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Music City Roots featuring Tim O’Brien, Chuck Mead, Donna the Buffalo and more - December 29, 2009
Donna & Poor Mountain Boys Perform on Music City Roots!
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Jan. 6 is ‘Nature Conservancy Night’ at Music City Roots - December 14, 2009
Music City Roots features Bluegrass this week, Cherryholmes, Mountain Heart and more - December 09, 2009
Music City Roots: Live from Loveless Cafe with Emmitt-Nershi, Christabel and the Jons, Donna Ulisse - December 08, 2009
Donna Ulisse set for Music City Roots appearance
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Donna Ulisse to appear on Music City Roots this week
Anchor Tours Blog - December 07, 2009
Music City Roots December 9th at Loveless - December 07, 2009
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The night the show found its voice and its soul
Amanda K. Morgan - November 25, 2009
18 South, Green on the Vyne, Shawn Camp, John Cowan, and Happy Birthday DJ Eddie Stubbs - November 25, 2009
Music City Roots: Live from Loveless Cafe with John Cowan, 18 South, Shawn Camp, Green on the Vyne - October 22, 2009
Sam Bush’s Love/Loveless Celebration
The Bluegrass Blog - October 21, 2009
Sam Bush on Music City Roots
CMR Nashville - October 15, 2009
WSM’s Cutting Edge Series, ‘Music City Roots’, Links Eight Decades of Tradition With New Technologies and Attitudes
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Emmylou Harris Kicks Off ‘Music City Roots’
LIFE - October 14, 2009
Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless With Emmylou Harris
The Boot - October 13, 2009
Emmylou Harris Helps WSM Go Back To Its ‘Roots’
American Songwriter - October 12, 2009
Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves: Robin Aigner and Annie Crane
Mid – TN Today - October 04, 2009
Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe
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Nature Conservancy Joins Forces with Music City Roots
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WSM Radio to Air Live Concert Series at Loveless
Music City Roots - September 17, 2009
Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe - September 17, 2009
WSM 650 AM to broadcast weekly 2-hour "Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe" Americana show
Music City Roots Press Release - September 17, 2009
Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe
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