Roots Radio Hit By Lightning

Nashville’s weekly roots/Americana radio show, Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe, will mark its first anniversary with a new partnership. The progressive music, 2-hour radio broadcast will now be heard Wednesdays 7-9 on Lightning 100 (WRLT-FM)d beginning with the Oct. 20 show. Each show is also streamed live via www.livestream.com using a multi-camera HD platform.

“We’re very excited about our new association with Music City Roots,” said Lightning 100 General Manager Fred Buc. “Nashville is fortunate to be one of the few cities in the U.S. where you can always hear quality music and learn about new artists and styles. The addition of Music City Roots: Live from the Loveless Cafe is a natural fit in our menu of diverse specialty programming, and at the same time, will expand Lightning 100’s brand and musical mission.”

John Walker, co-creator and co-producer of Music City Roots says of the new Lightning 100 relationship: “We’re thrilled to partner with a local station with such a great history of independence and forward-thinking. We’re also truly excited as Music City Roots begins to expand its national and international vision.”

The show’s new airwave home will come with several changes. Emcee Eddie Stubbs will depart and veteran announcer Keith Bilbrey will fill his slot. Bilbrey will be joined each week by musical host Jim Lauderdale and journalist/interviewer Craig Havighurst.

The Nashville Scene recently named the Loveless Barn and the show as Nashville’s Best New Roots Music Venue, “akin to what the Opry must have been like 60 years ago.” AOL’s country music blog The Boot declared it a “must-see” experience.

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