Music City Roots




Nashville's Thriving Americana Music Scene
Has a New Global Stage

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - September 17, 2009 - WSM 650-AM is proud to announce the launch of "Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe," a weekly show built on the remarkable Americana music scene and the legacy of WSM's historic roots in live radio. Airing Wednesday nights from 7 - 9 p.m. CST live from the Loveless Barn, at the intersection of Highway 100 and the Natchez Trace Parkway, "Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe" is the newest addition to the grand tradition of live music programming on WSM, the historic broadcaster that laid the foundation of Nashville's music industry. Opening night, October 14, 2009, will feature Americana icon Emmylou Harris, the acclaimed duo of Pam Rose and Mary Ann Kennedy, as well as emerging artists Annie Crane and Robin Ainger. The show is produced by Todd Mayo, founder of Music City Media and the subterranean radio show, Bluegrass Underground, which also airs on WSM 650-AM.

Artists committed to performing in the opening months include Sam Bush, Radney Foster, John Cowan, Dexter Romweber, Dale Ann Bradley, Peter Bradley Adams, Mike Farris, Scott Miller and Webb Wilder. Each broadcast will feature three to four artists in 30-minute segments, followed by a free-form "Loveless Jam" where all the artists and their bands will be invited to collaborate on the fly. "Music City Roots: Live from the Loveless Cafe" will be emceed by legendary WSM-650 AM broadcaster Eddie Stubbs, guest hosted by songwriter Jim Lauderdale and artist interviews will be conducted live by writer Craig Havighurst.

This year, WSM 650-AM became a reporting station to the Americana Music Association radio chart as part of a larger effort to embrace and celebrate the many connections between WSM's legacy and mission and Americana's devotion to preserving and advancing traditional country and roots music. "Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe" will showcase a "roots and branches" format that brings together all the hues of Americana music: bluegrass, folk, honky-tonk, alternative, blues, western and rockabilly, plus creative crossovers into rock, jazz and world music.

Audio of the shows will be streamed live on, where they will also be archived for streaming on demand. "Music City Roots: Live From the Loveless Cafe" will reach and serve a global audience via international syndication and regular outreach to fans of Americana music in Great Britain, Europe, Canada, Australia and beyond.

WSM 650-AM operations manager Joe Limardi says: "I can't wait to bring to life the evolving world of WSM music to a weekly live local audience at the Loveless, a weekly live national audience through 650 AM and a weekly global audience through It's the coolest feeling to still be excited about something new and fresh after 84 years as a radio station!" ""Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe" looks forward to celebrating the diversity of authentic Americana music found in Nashville and across the country by providing a live platform to showcase these talented artists and introduce them on a global scale," says Executive Producer Todd Mayo.

WSM 650-AM is the most consequential and influential broadcaster in the history of country music and an icon of Nashville. Launched on October 5, 1925, WSM spawned not only the Grand Ole Opry, the longest-running show in broadcasting, but Nashville's first recording studio, first music publishers, first talent agency, even the first FM radio station in American history. This year, WSM adjusted its format to embrace Americana, an umbrella that supports authentic artistry with ties to American roots music. With this show, WSM revives its historic role as a keeper of the traditional flame, as well as a trusted tastemaker that looks to the future of country music in all its forms and sub-genres.

The Loveless Barn is a new jewel in Nashville's performance venue scene. Built from the ground up in 2008 as a dedicated music and event hall, it compliments the world-famous Loveless Cafe, one of the city's most popular destinations. "At the Loveless Cafe, we cherish our rich history and tradition and it only makes sense to join forces with such a historic brand like WSM for this exciting new endeavor," says Jesse Goldstein of the Loveless Cafe. "Music City Roots: Live from the Loveless Cafe is exactly the type of event we have envisioned for the Loveless Barn long before it was even built."

WSM and the Loveless Cafe are proud to partner with Music City Roots sponsors: The Nature Conservancy, French's Boots and Vietti Chili.

Tickets are $10 or $5 with a student ID. They are available in advance at Grimey's New and Pre-loved Music (1604 8th Ave. S) or online at Tickets may also be purchased in advance or on-site at the Loveless Barn.

About Loveless Cafe:
Nationally acclaimed, frequented by celebrities, world travelers and local appetites alike, the Loveless Cafe remains unchanged in the quaint country charm and genuine Southern cooking that has made it an eating landmark of the South since opening its doors in 1951. Named "Top Down-Home Dining Spot" by USA Today, the cafe features an all-day breakfast menu as well as a full line-up of traditional supper selections like fried chicken, pork BBQ and Southern sides. The Loveless Cafe is sure to offer one of the best meals you've ever had. For more information call (615) 646-9700 or visit

About Music City Media:
Music City Media is an independent marketing, promotion and content development company based in Nashville, Tennessee created for the purpose of exporting the vast array of musical culture found so abundantly in Tennessee. Its core business is the creation and promotion of live musical events that are recorded for distribution in the audio format. Music City Media strives to provide an authentic experience for music fans and artists and to keep ticket prices reasonable. Music City Media provides branded entertainment for its partners and seeks to engage for-profit and non-profit brands in an authentic manner with original content.

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Music City Roots

Todd Mayo

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