Our weekdays are dedicated to the signature Roots Radio mix cultivated by Jessie Scott and our team. Weekends and evenings feature specialty programming.
Watch this page for new features as the weeks unfold.
MUSIC CITY ROOTS ~ Wed. 7 pm / Sun. 11 am
Over seven years, Music City Roots has become a trusted showcase for live performance and discovery in Americana music. On Wednesday nights at 7 central, the stage of Liberty Hall in the Factory at Franklin, TN turns on the red light for four artists from across the genres of classic country, folk, soul, bluegrass, blues, gospel and old-time rock and roll. Musical host Jim Lauderdale opens every show with a song and introduces the artists. Emcee Keith Bilbrey ties the show to its classic Nashville origins. And Interview Guy Craig Havighurst chats with the guest artists between sets to make emotional and intellectual connections. New shows air Wednesday nights at 7 pm. The condensed syndicated edition, hosted by Craig, airs Sundays at 11 am. Also on American Public Television.
LOST SOUNDS with Greg Reish ~ Sun. 7 pm / Sat. 9 am
Each week on Lost Sounds, host Greg Reish takes listeners on an audio tour of our musical past, showcasing rare and unusual tracks from the vast archive of MTSU’s Center for Popular Music. A musicologist and performing musician, Reish explores the deepest roots of American music using themes that cut across genres and time periods.
SPIRIT OF THE SOUTH w/ Mike Farris ~ Sun. 9 am
There was a time when the church was the North Star in arts and music. It was under the wondrous glow of gospel music that blues, jazz, rock, and country all made their first steps into this world. On Spirit of the South, powerhouse singer and songwriter Mike Farris celebrates all facets and eras of the deeply American and inspiring art form of gospel music. A perfect compliment to your Sunday morning.
THE STRING w/ Craig Havighurst ~ Sun. 8 am/Mon. 9 pm
The String features conversations on culture, media and American music, anchored by veteran journalist and broadcaster Craig Havighurst. Music makers, enablers, instigators and documentarians are featured with enough time to go deep and burrow into issues, while letting the music play too. Every week concludes with a sonic time machine that pulls tapes of great music conversations from past decades off the shelves and into the present day. Sundays at 8 am, repeating Mondays at 9 pm.
BLUEGRASS SITUATION RADIO HOUR w/ Chris Jacobs Sun. 8 pm/Tues. 9pm
Music promoter and producer Chris Jacobs brings a bit of West Coast sensibility to the Middle Tennessee airwaves with a show that spotlights artists being covered and showcased by the leading LA-based web magazine and show promoter. Founded by actor, comedian and banjo player Ed Helms, the Bluegrass Situation has become a premiere taste-maker in new acoustic and Americana music. This is the first time the BGS has produced a radio show.
Electric Western Dance Party w/ Reno Bo & Jacob Jones ~ Fri. 7pm
Famous in Nashville simply as "The Monday Night Dance Party," Electric Western, presides over their wildly successful weekly rock and soul dance party. Now in their seventh year, Jacob Jones and Reno Bo spin a hand-selected most danceable 50's & 60's Rock and Roll, Soul, Doo Wop, Girl Groups, Garage Rock and more.
Bel-Aire Drive with Greg Lee ~ Fri. 8pm
Bel-Aire Drive is the musical musing of a working class kid growing up in one of the South’s most diverse neighborhoods. Bel-Aire in the late 1960s through the ‘80s was something of a cultural crossroad. From house to house and along the street residents used their music - R&B, Soul, Rock, Jazz and Blues – as one incredible, continuous soundtrack, laying the groundwork for friendships and fellowship. Longtime music host Greg Lee lived on that street for 15 years and shares the music heard there.