While I was in Nashville for CMA Fest, a lovely co-worker of mine helped me get into an event held every Wednesday night just outside of the city called Music City Roots. Music City Roots is a two hour live radio show that’s broadcast from the Loveless Cafe Barn, it’s intention to revive the historic legacy of live music shows that used to come out of Nashville years upon years ago. It’s a celebration of the very root of country music, with musicians from Bluegrass, Roots, Americana and more genres coming together on that stage every Wednesday night to perform and entertain the audience. These artists come from around the country, and sometimes even the world, to perform on this show, which very much prides itself on the discovery of talent and the respect of classic music. Frankly, it was the perfect fit for this blog, as we pride ourselves on discovering talent across genres and across countries.
Music City Roots isn’t just a night of entertainment, where four or five artists grace the stage for twenty minutes at a time, it’s also a chance to socialize while you eat and enjoy cocktails. The Loveless Cafe itself provided a buffet of their delicious biscuits, fried chicken, mash potatoes and an assortment of jams that probably kept us going back to the buffet table more than we should have. We got a taste of Ole Smoky Moonshine, which was not only one of the sponsors, but one of the drink options they provide to patrons over the age of 21 (with entrance you get two drink tickets). With our stomachs full and a little moonshine in our hands, we found a perfect spot in the back to watch the performers take the stage and the amazing line dancers do their thing. Seriously, their legs could move faster than I can run on most days.
The line-up that night consisted of Music City Roots staples as well as some young up-and-coming bands, a great mix for those of us not familiar with much of the music that frequents the show. It covered everything from bare bones, harmony heavy bands like Spirit Family Reunion to full on line-dancing, bluegrass powerhouses like Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, right to western swing staples Johnny England and the Western Swingers. Also taking the stage was Black Jack & The Carnies, with a light up banjo that captivate the group I was with and funky fast paced tunes that kept the crowd moving and grooving. Unfortunately, we took a heat break during much of Jacob Jones, but his music sounded beautiful from outside while we were watching the fireflies light up as the sun was setting.
My favorite part of the night by far was when Whiskey Bent Valley Boys took the stage and, before they even started playing a note, taught the entire crowd how to line dance. We paired ourselves up with a group we didn’t know and danced for a good 20 minutes straight to their electrifying and enticing music. They’d shout out what came next and we’d follow their directions, laughing as those of us that had never done it before most definitely screwed up. It was such a fun way to meet new people in a very low key and fun environment. If I lived in Nashville, I’d probably take the opportunity to attend Music City Roots as much as possible. I was so glad to have had an opportunity to experience it and I urge anyone that visits music city to check it out.
For ticketing info, line-ups, and more information about Music City Roots, visit their website or follow them on Twitter. I promise you, it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.
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