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.
Music City Roots will retain its format, going out live over the air and the internet on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. But the show’s new home will come with several changes. Chiefly, while we are sad to bid goodbye to emcee Eddie Stubbs, we welcome veteran announcer Keith Bilbrey. This golden throated broadcasting legend will introduce the show and read live messages from our valued sponsors. He’ll be joined each week by musical host Jim Lauderdale and journalist/interviewer Craig Havighurst.
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.”
Music City Roots was born on October 14, 2009. In its first year, it has been hailed as “truly extraordinary” and “the greatest live radio in America” by journalists who have visited and artists who’ve played the Roots stage. 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.
Music City Roots has also established itself as a trusted curator for excellence in Americana music, with appearances by Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Mike Farris, Ricky Skaggs, Mountain Heart, Cherryholmes, Dex Romweber, Roger McGuinn and many more. It has cultivated and celebrated key emerging voices from Nashville and elsewhere, including Caitlin Rose, the New Familiars, the Black Lilies, Holy Ghost Tent Revival and David Jacobs-Strain, among many others. And Roots has become a trusted brand partner that has done everything in its power to extol its valued sponsors, including French’s Boots, Vietti Chili, Honest Abe Log Homes, Ascend Federal Credit Union and The Nature Conservancy.
Lightning 100 (WRLT-FM 100.1), Nashville’s longest-running independently-owned radio station, has been broadcasting the same eclectic format in Music City for over 20 years. It is one of only 50 Album Adult Alternative (or “Triple-A”) stations across the country. The Triple-A format was established to introduce new forms of music, and fulfills Lightning 100’s mission to discover, break and share new talent with its loyal listening audience. Over the past two decades, a multitude of artists have aired on Lightning 100 years before they ever reached mainstream radio — including Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Train, David Gray, Coldplay, The Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, and most recently, Kings of Leon. Most importantly, the station supports the Nashville music community by playing a variety of independent local artists throughout the day. For more information, go to www.lightning100.com.
Press release from Music City Roots.