Nashville is coming to Chattanooga this March.
Toddy Mayo and John Walker, the producing team behind the Nashville area’s Heng Dai Media Company, announced today they will launch a Chattanooga version of the popular “Music City Roots, Live from the Loveless Cafe” in March, aptly named “Scenic City Roots, Live from Track 29.”
A throwback to and celebration of the traditional radio variety shows that flourished in Nashville in the early and middle decades of the 20th century, “Music City Roots” is a live, two-hour weekly broadcast featuring four to five musicians in a mix of performances and interviews that streams from the show’s website.
The venue-the Loveless Cafe-is a character unto itself, known primarily for the famous, buttery biscuits made by Carol Fay Ellison, herself lovingly known as the “Biscuit Lady.”
The show debuted in October 2009 with a rare appearance from Emmylou Harris. Since then, “Music City Roots” has featured alternative, bluegrass, country, folk, rockabilly, rock and jazz musicians. Veterans of the music industry, Keith Bilbrey and Jim Lauderdale, serve as announcer and host, respectively.
Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. will mark the first “Scenic City Roots” with Chattanooga’s WTM Blues Band; Nashville bands The SteelDrivers and Johnnyswim; and Birmingham act St. Paul and the Broken Bones.
The monthly lineup will always be composed of one local act and three regional or national. Chattanooga audiences can enjoy the show in person for $10 or with the rest of the global viewers in high definition on the website.
In addition, Chattanooga’s WTCI will begin airing “Scenic City Roots” in April at 9 p.m. on Thursday nights.
Mayo and Walker have already ventured south and made waves in the Chattanooga music scene: This past fall, the pair collaborated with locals to produce the Gig City Roots concert that closed out RiverRocks 2012.