Music City Roots Opens New Season Tonight

mcrMusic City Roots, Live From The Loveless Cafe, kicks off its Winter 2013 Season with a sold-out show tonight (Jan. 9) at 7 p.m. The 11-show series will run weekly through Wednesday, March 20.

Each season’s inaugural show benefits The Nature Conservancy. Tonight’s concert features performances by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell, bluegrassers Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, East Nashville songwriter Josh Farrow, Chattanooga’s own WTM Blues Band and Memphis indie folk trio Star & Micey.

The Jan. 24 installment will be broadcast from Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia during the 41st Tamworth Country Music Festival with musical hosts Jim Lauderdale, Elizabeth Cook, David Jacobs-Strain, Kirsty Akers and Felicity Urquhart. MCR also produced 13 episodes for Australia’s Country Music Channel (CMC).

Elsewhere, the winter season will showcase The Danberrys, The McCrary Sisters, The Vespers, John Cowan, The Steeldrivers and more. On Jan. 30 Belmont University will present Josh Mirenda, Elenowen, Two Story Road, Vickie Vaughn Band and Roots of a Rebellion.

“This is an exemplary MCR lineup to start the year – legends, award-winners, newcomers and multiple genres of music all sharing a platform built on integrity,” said MCR Executive Producer John Walker. “The fact that we’re doing our first live show on another continent is a milestone on the path to our global vision.”


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