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Back to the Roots Music City That Is

Music City Roots featured six fabulous artists for an evening of resonance to the core encompassing many genres and styles.

Mountain Heart, Ryan Cook, Randall Bramlett, Brandi Carlile, Mike Farris and the McCrary Sisters and Jason and the Scorchers. Each a treat it itself but the lineup was a sensory feast to the ears and eyes for the listener.

Host Jim Lauderdale started the evening with songs off his new album Patchwork River. The song Turn to Stone featured great lyrics and a wonderful kick off for the evening.

WSM announcer Eddie Stubbs was the voice of the show being broadcast adding his smooth introductions and professional presence.

The 6 piece band Mountain Heart veered into the fast lane with an instrumental Deadwood which showcased the classic bluegrass sound.Slowing  down the tempo was a sweet ballad Even if it Breaks My Heart. Ending their set with the classic Allman Brothers Whipping Post the audience was enthralled on the ride into soul, jazz, passion and intensity.

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Ryan Cook from Nova Scotia was up next with his 5 piece band that also featured a clarinet in the mix. His song Gaspereau Valley echoed a bit classic old timey country but had his unique stamp of twang and timing.

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Randall Bramlett took the stage  with drums, bass, and guitar also keyboards. Randall shared several songs in his repertoire. Randall has a lyrical poetic storyteller quality about his performance authentic and jazzy, bluesy compelling he has the audience very enraptured.

Randall's website is

Fresh off Bonnaroo Brandi Carlile strolled onto the stage with a huge reception from the crowd. Brandi showcases herself beyond powerhouse and presentation. The song Dying Day was delivered with a veracity that touched the spirit of the listener she fearlessly shared her talent. A very vocal and dance ecstatic audience of fans added to the magic.

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Mike Farris and the McCrary sisters shared the stage with an impressive large instrumental section. Drums, bass, horns, guitars the sound added to the big big night of talent. Mike started with a soulful blues song The Night the Cumberland Came Alive, telling the story of the recent flooding here in Nashville. Taking us all back to the roots of gospel and soul.

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Jason and the Scorchers burst onto the stage with the energy and synergy to make the young old and everyone inbetween rock. A bit genre mysterious since his sound spills over to the rock, country and the unclassifiable the uniqueness added to the evening  wonderful musical experiences that Music City Roots offered.

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The joining of all artists for the finale of the night Jim Lauderdale lead in a rhapsody of Goodnight Irene. A lovely poignant moment all enjoyed audience and artists alike.


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