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Aly Sutton is a Country Music Artist who can really rock your boots off! Aly was raised in Marietta and attended the University of Georgia where she was a Football Cheerleader for the Dawgs. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles and modeled as a Barker Beauty on the famous game show, "The Price Is Right." In 2006, Ms. Sutton returned to the South to focus on her singing career and claimed Nashville as her home. Aly performed at the Mtn. Country Music Festival along side of Carrie Underwood, Gretchen Wilson, LeAnn Rimes, and Jeff Foxworthy. Ms. Sutton soon became the Brand Ambassador for The Great Tasting Chili From Music City, Vietti Chili! Aly was called back to the television screen and made an appearance in "One Tree Hill" on The CW. Aly then starred in two films, "PromiseLand" and "Feast of the Vampires." You can see Aly every Wednesday night at Music City Roots, live from The Loveless Café, and sponsored by Vietti Chili. Follow what she is up to lately on Twitter. Also, make sure and check out Facebook for Aly's upcoming shows and projects.
Grand Master Fiddler Championship
The Grand Master Fiddler Championship is the premier fiddle contest of its kind in the United States since 1972. Held annually in Nashville, TN, many Champions enjoy successful careers with major country music stars, and some go on to form their own bands. Fiddlers such as Mark O’Connor, Sam Bush, and Alison Krauss are past participants.
The Grand Master Fiddler Championship Inc. is organized as a Tennessee nonprofit and U.S. IRS 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, formed to educate about and perpetuate fiddling as an art form and cultural treasure. The corporation's main focus is on promoting and holding the annual Grand Master Fiddler Championship competition. As a 501(c)(3) entity, all donations and monies we take in are fully tax deductible and we welcome your support to promote and educate about fiddling. Fund-raising efforts are being planned so that the company can expand the competition and support activities to add more education, events and activities to further the awareness about fiddling.
The Founder and driving force behind the Grand Master Fiddle Championship was of course Dr. Perry F. Harris, affectionately known to musicians far and wide as "Doc Harris". Doc spent untold hours making the contest the Premier Fiddle Contest in the World.
"This is not the sound of an emerging artist, but really the sound of an accomplished artist, from whom other singer-songwriters should pay serious attention to."
-Scott Kahn with MusicPlayers.com
Jessica Rae’s sound is as unique and infectious as her laugh. When you leave one of her gigs you know you've heard something entirely her own, something much better than "sounds like". Her music brings your heart and attention to the stage, knowing that here is an artist who can quiet bar chatter with a song, and a smile that can mesmerize, and charm, an unready audience.
World renowned photographer, Marc Hauser, known for his documentary photographic style of capturing legends before they are legends, features Jessica Rae regularly and invited her to write the introduction for his newly released book, "3 Decades of Portraits".
Jessica Rae has performed at NYC's The Bitter End, Joe's on Weed St. in Chicago, at Hard Rock Cafés nationwide and has toured extensively throughout the Midwest and Florida. Jessica Rae has been asked to sing the National Anthem at many major sporting events including one of the Chicago Bulls Playoff Games in April 2012. Jessica Rae has shared the stage with Pat Benatar, Brantley Gilbert, Josh Kelley, Guy Clark, Roger McGuinn, Radney Foster, Keith Anderson, Glen Phillips, David Ball and nationally recognized songwriter, Jeffrey Steele. She has performed at the 2010 Milwaukee Summerfest, the world's largest music festival. Jessica Rae’s, “The Trumpet Song”, nominated by popular vote, was featured as the first track on the Emerging Artist Compilation CD. Jessica Rae independently released two music videos, featuring her songs "I Could Get Used To This" and “24 Hour Church (in Memphis)”, both being featured on The Country Network, reaching 30M homes in 42 markets. This past September, Jessica Rae hosted the “Breaking Out” series for TCN that aired for 3 weeks. In 2009, she was selected to be a “Rising Star” on the PBS Television show, Legends & Lyrics. You can hear Jessica Rae on many regional and national commercials, including those for McDonalds, Buick, Allstate, Seaworld, Hallmark, Kellogg’s, and Guardian.
Jessica Rae continues to strive to help those in need. She contributes her time and talent to Musicians On Call, SmileTrain, Hemophiliac Association, and most recently the National Eating Disorders Association.
Music City Roots
About Music City Roots Moments:
Special Live Cuts From Season One
Released in partnership with anchor sponsor Vietti Chili, Music City Roots Moments: Special Live Cuts From Season One vinyl was produced at Nashville’s own United Record Pressing. The 11-song collection is high style – with brown speckled vinyl, laser etched art on side four, bonus photos and expanded liner notes – and is part of a limited 500 unit pressing.
Known as an enthralling sonic document of the inaugural season of Nashville’s admired roots/Americana radio show, the anthology features live cuts from Jim Lauderdale, 18 South, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Nanci Griffith, Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade, Scott Miller, Caitlin Rose, Charlie Louvin, The Black Lillies and Mike Farris with the McCrary Sisters. Sam Bush, Lauderdale and friends close the album with a rousing Loveless Jam of “Up On Cripple Creek.”
Visit us at Music City Roots for your chance to win your very own copy of this double LP!
Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe
Broadcasting authentic artistry in roots and Americana to the world, every Wednesday night.
Music City Roots is a weekly live radio show and HD webcast featuring the finest roots and Americana music based in or passing through Nashville. Since going on the air in October 2009, Music City Roots has broadcast the authentic sound of today’s Music City, embracing the traditional and the progressive in equal measure.
Every Wednesday night at 7:00 Central, four or five guest artists perform to audience of 300-600 people in a beautiful barn at the historic Loveless Cafe, reaching the world via Livestream.com and flagship radio partner Lightning 100, WRLT-FM. Veteran Grand Ole Opry announcer Keith Bilbrey emcees with help from our musical host, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale, and interview guy Craig Havighurst.
Over more than 100 shows, MCR has featured a remarkable array of innovative artists who define the canon of Americana and the new independent folk and roots music explosion, including: The Civil Wars, Sam Bush, Abigail Washburn, Pokey LaFarge, Tristen, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, The Defibulators, The Black Lillies, Elizabeth Cook, Bobby Bare Jr., The Infamous Stringdusters, Malcolm Holcombe, Apache Relay, The Milk Carton Kids, Rodney Crowell, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Emmitt-Nershi Band, Frontier Ruckus, Guy Davis, Sarah Jarosz, Foster & Lloyd, The Kopecky Family Band, Johnny Corndawg, Spirit Family Reunion, Ron Sexsmith, The Band of Heathens, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Jerry Douglas, Riders In The Sky, Kim Richey, Dale Watson, Chuck Mead, J.D. Souther, Tim O’Brien, Randall Bramblett and Mountain Heart.
The show’s success is built on a core value: respect for artists and artistry. The show takes every effort to make the artists’ experience an exceptional one, from the quality on-stage sound to a catered dinner to a complimentary DVD of their performance the night of the show. That affection translates into the best possible performances and widens the family circle that the show aims to cultivate. Tune in or come visit us. Celebrate the greats and discover your next favorite band on Music City Roots: Live From the Loveless Cafe.
A lot has been said and written about the youthful zest and powerhouse vocals of Shelly Bush. She’s already been called one of the hottest female country vocalists and entertainers to ever come out of Missouri. Shelly’s high energy, show stopping live performances and non-stop touring has garnered her a mass amount of media attention and an ever growing fan base. Shelly has been described as the “real deal” performing over 250 shows a year across the globe while selling thousands of cd’s off the stage over the last several years and that was before music enthusiasts, country radio DJ’s and industry insiders even had an opportunity to listen to her music.
Growing up an only child in a small rural town in central Missouri, Shelly knew when she was only five years old that she wanted to sing. She would stand in the middle of her bed with a hairbrush as a microphone and sing songs by Reba and Alabama as she put on concerts for her family. Raised on country, gospel and rock music, Shelly taught herself how to play piano by the time she was six. While growing up singing in Church and school music competitions, her love of performing grew. Shelly credits her love of music to her parents who spent many years driving her around the country to sing. "My parents put over 400,000 miles on their car so I could sing at any place we could find. In fact, one time we drove 500 miles to Nashville so I could sing at the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree and then we turned around and drove right back home". By the time Shelly was a teenager, she was cutting her teeth on Missouri's fertile music scene playing the club and Opry show circuit.
While in high school Shelly won a guitar in a drawing from a local music store and started writing her own songs. After graduating from college with a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice/Psychology Shelly immediately moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. Fortunate enough to have a day job working for the U.S. Postal Service when she arrived in Nashville, Shelly started honing her musical craft by performing on the local club scene almost every night. Shortly after that her talent and perseverance paid off as she spent the next couple of years touring with major label artist Michael Peterson as his opening act.
Shelly has been warming up audiences for many National acts ever since including Zac Brown, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Keith Urban, and Taylor Swift to name a few and has had the coveted spot of singing the National Anthem at a handful of Nascar Races and she has even garnered the high profile slot of a couple of live television appearances in front of millions of viewers at home during her performance of the national anthem before the Nascar races at the Michigan Motor Speedway.
Shelly has recorded 8 independent albums and 3 of the albums were released on L & M records in Ireland and received lots of airplay throughout Europe. She even had a chart topping song called “The Note” that was number 1 for five weeks on the Texas chart, The Roots Music Report. While writing most of the songs on all of her albums, Shelly has had the opportunity to co-write with some the industries most seasoned and well known writers including Larry Alderman and Buck Moore. Shelly has had the pleasure of working with legendary producer Barry Beckett and well known country music icon Dick Frank. Shelly has garnered airplay on almost every radio station in Missouri as well as the Buck Owens radio station KUZZ in Bakersfield CA, and Nashville’s legendary WSM 650 am and even received a rave review by Bob Oermann in Music Row Magazine.
Several years ago Shelly formed an all girl band called broadBAND. The chemistry was instant and they have already made a name for themselves playing over 250 shows a year from standing room only crowds on the local club scene in Nashville to an abundant amount of growing fans on the club, casino, and fair circuits across America including the National Finals Rodeo week in Las Vegas to high profile festival dates like Country USA. They have landed the opportunity to share the stage with many major acts including Sara Evans, Brooks and Dunn, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley and Eddie Money to name a few.
Recently Shelly and broadBAND have been in the recording studio working with well known producer Russ Zavitson. They also just shot their first video with Russ to one of the songs they recorded called “Why can’t you forgive me.” Shelly has been test driving some of the new songs she wrote to vast audiences out on the road. The response has been overwhelming. “Music is a gift that I am thankful for everyday. It’s a fun and exciting road. I am grateful for all the friendships and personal collaborations I have had along the way.” With Shelly’s own dreams taking root, she credits her strength and inspiration to her parents. Shelly’s greatest love is when she takes the stage and performs.
Great musicians will always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, they must form a bond – one that, more often than not, goes beyond the purely musical to the personal. For The Grascals, that bond has been forged at the intersection of personal friendships, shared professional resumes and an appreciation for the innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music that has been a hallmark of the Nashville scene for more than forty years. As their releases prove, The Grascals’ rare musical empathy gives them an unerring ear for just the right touch to illuminate each offering’s deepest spirit – whether they’re digging into one of their original songs or reworking a bluegrass classic or pop standard.
Vocally, the trio of Terry Eldredge, Jamie Johnson and Terry Smith are tighter than ever, cutting loose on driving solo vocals and soaring trios with equal fire and passion. As an instrumental unit, The Grascals have never sounded sharper, with mandolin ace Danny Roberts, fiddler Jeremy Abshire and banjo player Kristin Scott Benson leading the charge. As a result, their cutting-edge modern bluegrass is delivered with a deep knowledge of, and admiration for, the work of the music’s founding fathers. Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It’s a unique sound that has earned Grammy® nominations for three of their releases (THE GRASCALS, 2005; LONG LIST OF HEARTACHES, 2006; LIFE FINDS A WAY, 2013) for Best Bluegrass Album.
The Grascals are among the most beloved and acclaimed bands on today’s bluegrass scene, having won SPBGMA’s Bluegrass Band of the Year award in 2010, its Instrumental Group of the Year three years in a row (2011, 2012, 2013), the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2005 and earning its Entertainer of the Year honor in both 2006 and 2007.
For those who know them, the quick emergence of the group came as no surprise, for these are musicians whose roots and crossed paths reach back over more than two decades in bluegrass ensembles like the Osborne Brothers, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, the Sidemen and New Tradition. Their roots can also be traced back to Nashville’s larger musical community, where The Grascals have been able to draw on legends like Bobby Osborne, George Jones, Vince Gill, The Jordanaires, Steve Wariner, Lloyd Green, Paul Craft and others for songs and for performances in the studio, on stage (including multiple guest appearances on the Grand Ole Opry), and for national television appearances, including on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, CBS’s Early Show, Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends, and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Thanks to those experiences and those friendships, The Grascals embody a profound grasp of and familiarity with country and bluegrass tradition that made them a natural choice for Dolly Parton to turn to for recording and tour support not long after the group was created in 2004. The group continues to push the envelope and, in 2010, The Grascals joined The Rowdy Friends Tour, traveling far and wide with Hank Williams, Jr., playing before huge crowds, expanding their fan base and exposing new audiences to the diverse and unique “BluGrascals” sound.
Whether being light-hearted and jovial or soul-searching and reflective, The Grascals are at the very top of their game. Though it is still – at least in bluegrass terms – a new group, the web of friendships, band memberships, recordings and personal appearances that binds The Grascals together has produced an ensemble of unsurpassed cohesion and focused artistic direction. Whether in the studio or on stage, The Grascals honor the past and forge into the future, bringing fresh yet familiar sounds to the bluegrass world and beyond.
The Kate Hasting Band
Kate Hasting, Josh Beale, Jonathan Womacks
Like any great journey, the road leading to the Kate Hasting Band was filled with twists and turns...
When Kate, a farm-raised female singer-songwriter from Ohio; Josh a rhythmic acoustic guitarist from Wisconsin; and Jonathan, an experienced electric guitarist also from Ohio found themselves at the same intersection, so to speak, the result was pure harmony! Writing and performing separately for years, it was the unlikely crossing of three paths and three very different backgrounds that led to creating the band’s trademark melodies and lyrics.
It didn’t take long for the Kate Hasting Band to establish a hometown following in Southwest Ohio and beyond. Today, their popularity has crossed state lines, and even continents—winning the hearts of fans as far away as Japan and Lebanon. The Kate Hasting Band has toured the Midwest—playing the Ohio State Fair, Mayfly Music Fest, Country Blast Fest, Yuengling Brews, Bands, & BBQ Fest, Columbus Commons Downtown Live, and countless fairs, festivals, and music venues. They have performed the National Anthem for Vanderbilt University, opened for Kellie Pickler, Sunny Ledfurd, Love & Theft, Randy Houser, Craig Morgan, Colt Ford, and more.
Nashville is now “home” for the Kate Hasting Band, and it’s where they create much of their new music. When they’re not writing our on tour, you’ll find them performing at Writer’s Rounds, or playing hot spots around Music City.
To see and hear Kate, Josh, and Jonathan, you are reminded of how unconventional they really are. They have approached the music industry much like they play their shows—with originality and a unique energy. They consider themselves blessed to have written and performed with legendary Country music singers and songwriters that have helped to shape their style. The band has been described as delivering fans a “visual smorgasbord with a five-star music experience”. Helping round out their appeal are Bassist Justin Ferwerda and Drummer, Cameron Smith who joined the ranks in early 2013.
The past year has been remarkable to say the least. The Kate Hasting Band received industry recognition as a SESAC Artist of the Month, and performed on The Billy Block Show in Nashville. Perhaps most importantly, 2013 marked the release of “Country Music”, the band’s newest EP recorded with Grammy-winning Producer Chad Carlson and Rob McNelley in Nashville. The EP embodies the rich, industrial sound Kate, Josh, and Jonathan traveled so many roads to find and finally create together! To learn more about the Kate Hasting Band, visit: www.katehasting.com
Volunteer String Band
The Volunteer String Band is fronted by one of the most singular vocalists in music today, Travis Stinson. The VSB has been a staple of the Music City scene for over 15 years and can be heard everywhere from Nashville's famous Lower Broadway, to the cavernous depths of Bluegrass Underground, to the barn stage of Music City Roots, and even the tent stages of Bonnaroo. The VSB style is to play anything regardless of genre, whether it is timeless bluegrass songs, original tunes, or raucous covers of artists such as the Talking Heads, Grateful Dead, or Gnarles Barkley. The Volunteer String Band brings an energy and joy to their live shows that transcends labels. Speaking of labels, when not out on the road playing authentic music for fans everywhere, Travis Stinson and his Volunteer String Band enjoy nothing more than a bowl of All Natural Vietti Chili.