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Left Lane: Music city roots

Nashville-based weekly show available via web

January 6, 2012
By RICH GIBSON , Times Leader

'Through the power of music, walls come down and

cultures unite.'

Nashville-based Music City Roots began its 2012 season Wednesday night with a diverse lineup of artists, including Wheeling Bluesfest alumnus David Jacobs-Strain.

Many of the singer-songwriters and bands featured in this space have appeared on the weekly, two-hour radio show, which can also be viewed online.

Last night's production was the 100th such presented since the program was founded in 2009. The show is recorded at Nashville's Loveless Cafe and airs each Wednesday evening between 8-10 p.m.

You likely won't recognize many of the performers at Music City Roots, hosted each week by renown songwriter Jim Lauderdale.

Joining Jacobs-Strain on Wednesday's show was Derek Hoke, Julie Gribble and the Snyder Family Band - certainly not household names, though Music City Roots and its weekly gigs are faithfully spreading the good word.

While Jacobs-Strain is highly respected in blues circles, MCR and its programming explores an array of forms, including blues, bluegrass, folk, rock, jazz and new world music.

Each broadcast features 4-5 artists in 20-minute segments. Also there are brief interview formats, enabling bands to inform listeners of upcoming projects and tour information.

Near the end of each airing, musical guests return for a show-closing jam session. It's an excellent opportunity each week for artists and bands to connect with a world-wide audience via the web.

Next Wednesday (11th), Music City Roots welcomes The Black Lillies, whose 2011 record "100 Miles of Wreckage" was one of the year's finest.

Viewers at home can watch in HD via Livestream as well as join in the conversation via the Music City Roots Griffin Technology Chat Room.

In addition to the Black Lillies, other bands and artists scheduled for MCR stopovers in 2012 included the Steel Drivers, Leftover Salmon, Darrell Scott, Lori McKenna, Samantha Crain, Kenny Vaughan, Susan Werner and dozens more.

Check out the entire winter/early spring schedule and directions for tuning in at

THE AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic has announced The Band Perry will perform the National Anthem prior to Friday's BCS game at sold-out Cowboys' Stadium. Kickoff on the FOX network is 8 p.m.

"Cowboys Stadium is one of the biggest and best venues in the world when it comes to country music," said Kimberly Perry. "We're excited and honored to be singing our country's anthem on such a national stage.

The sibling trio which includes Neil and Reid Perry, were named 'New Artist of the Year' on the American Country Music Awards...

A PAIR of Jamboree in the Hills' vets are set to release new records in the coming weeks.

Singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley debuts his new studio disc "Home" on Feb. 7. In a press release, Bentley notes the new album is a return to his more traditional country mainstream roots.

"I definitely stepped away and explored some things that were more on the fringe of country music," Bentley confessed. "This new record feels fresh. It doesn't feel like a continuation of any other project or recordings. I do love being able to try different things musically and I'm thankful my fans have faithfully me to those places. At the same time, I feel my real 'Home' is in the center of country music."

You've already heard Bentley's popular "Am I The Only One?" from the new record. Another anticipated track is Bentley's collaboration with Wheeling native Tim O'Brien and fellow bluegrass giant Sam Bush on "Heart of a Lonely Girl."

Bentley is playing Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 2 as a prelude to the new disc's release. He then hits the road Feb. 15 with international dates in Canada and then Australia....

ON JAN. 24, Tim McGraw rings in the New Year with "Emotional Traffic," a 12-track CD on Curb Records featuring his hit single "Felt Good On My Lips" as well as his current single "Better Than I Used To Be."

McGraw, who headlined last summer's JITH, is on the road this year as part of a superstar tag team which includes Kenny Chesney. Their "Brothers of the Sun Tour" features a June 30 date at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field followed by a July 29th appearance at Browns Stadium in Cleveland.....

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