Music City Roots: Live at the Loveless Cafe

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Don't miss your LAST CHANCE to submit to Music City Roots, which matches emerging artists with headliners like Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, & Sam Bush. The world-renowned series, presented live every week and broadcast to a worldwide audience on WSM, home of the Grand Ole Opry features styles emerging from the roots of American culture. At least one Sonicbids artist will be chosen to perform at the show./n/nMusic City Roots is committed to providing a world-wide platform for great music to be discovered and enjoyed. Selected emerging artists are given the opportunity to play live on the same bill with some of the world’s finest musicians, with their performance promoted and broadcast to a global audience. Music City Roots is presented live every Wednesday from the event barn behind the famous Loveless Cafe, with top-notch audio and video production. Emerging artists play a 10-minute segment, and are also invited to participate in an end of show jam.

At least one Sonicbids artist will be chosen to perform at the show. The broadcast is vigorously promoted over multiple media outlets, as well as on flagship WSM and, home of the Grand Ole Opry. Selected artists can expect:

  • 25% of the gate for regular segment performance, or $100 for the emerging artist segment.
  • Lunch and dinner hospitality the day of show.
  • A good sound-check and a great performance environment.
  • Spins on WSM in advance of the show.
  • 100% of individual merch sales at venue.
  • Use of promotional video from the performance for websites and social media.
  • Promotional use of professional photography from performance.
  • Press and media opportunities.

Media Support:

  • Inclusion in a minimum of 25 recorded promotional announcements on WSM radio.
  • Inclusion in a minimum of 20 recorded promotional announcements on Lightning 100 radio.
  • Photo and bio at, including links to all web, social and digital distribution.
  • Opportunities for in-studio or phone-in interview on WSM.
  • Current album and upcoming appearances to be plugged by MCR host on show night.
  • Inclusion in other show promotions: web banners, TV, newspaper and magazine ads, handbills and posters.
  • Strong new media support and cooperation WSM and MCR global social communities.
  • Inclusion in video and audio archives at both the WSM and MCR websites.
  • Consideration for inclusion in the Music City Roots weekly audio and video podcast.
  • A mention in our weekly email blast to thousands around the world.

The vision of the show’s producers is to shine a light on quality music of all kinds. While the mission of the show is to break down walls of "genres" and "categories," the general theme is to feature styles that emerged from the roots of American culture, with an emphasis on Tennessee: Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Singer-songwriter, Jazz, Blues, R&B and Gospel. In the true spirit of a global platform, World roots music is also welcomed, especially when there is a connection to the origins of the music born in the Americana culture.

Last season, Sonicbids band Harpeth Rising was chosen to perform live at Music City Roots.

Previous emerging artists have shared the bill with Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, Sam Bush, Cherryholmes, Steve Kimock, The Emmitt-Nershi Band, Radney Foster, Jim Lauderdale and Cowboy Jack Clement. Previous emerging artists have included The Quebe Sisters Band, Donna Ulisee, Caitlin Rose, The Black Lillies, Jonny Corndawg, Angela Easterling, Christabel and the Jons, Angel Snow, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Green On The Vyne, Chris Volpe, The Believers, Sugarcane Jane, The Dirt Daubers and more!


Music fans worldwide know WSM AM as the greatest broadcaster in the history of country music, and Music City Roots, Live from the Loveless embraces and builds on that foundation. WSM is known to a global audience, not just as the keeper of the traditional flame, but as a trusted tastemaker that looks to the future of music in all its forms and sub-genres: bluegrass, folk, alternative, western, rockabilly and crossovers into rock, jazz and world music.