Music City Roots moving to Factory at Franklin – The Tennessean
FRANKLIN – On the cusp of its new spring season, weekly live music and radio show Music City Roots will trade the biscuits and barn of the Loveless Cafe Barn this summer for a new home among the history and exposed brick of the Factory at Franklin.
The move, which will occur July 9, marks a turning point for the Americana music radio and webcast. After five years at the Loveless Cafe Barn, show producers and fans will now have access to the Factory’s two larger performance spaces — the 800-seat, Jamison Hall and the 2,000-seat Liberty Hall — for the show’s weekly performances. By comparison, the Loveless Cafe Barn seats about 600.
Officials were quick to point out that the change doesn’t mean there are any issues between the Loveless Cafe and Music City Roots.
“We’ve loved the Loveless Cafe Barn,” said John Walker, Music City Roots executive producer. “We don’t want to go to some huge facility where we lose the intimacy. At the same time, we need a little more space.”
The show’s final spring season at the Loveless Cafe Barn kicks off at 7 p.m. Wednesday and runs through June 18.
“Loveless Cafe is pleased to have been the original setting for Music City Roots,” said Jessica Charlton, Loveless Cafe Brand Manager in a statement. “We celebrate the show’s growth and look forward to continued partnership opportunities.”
The addition of Music City Roots adds another music-themed business to the Factory at Franklin’s growing roster that now includes the Americana Music Association, Sugar Hill Records, and Dark Horse studios. Built in 1929, the Factory is a renovated manufacturing space and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2012, billionaire Brad Kelley bought the Factory from its previous owner Calvin Lehew.
“Music City Roots is the perfect flagship for our vision to highlight Americana music and regional art and food culture here at The Factory at Franklin,” said Tami Pryce, Factory events manager in a statement.
Despite the change in venue, the show’s radio and online broadcasts won’t change. Music City Roots will still be heard on Hippie Radio 94.5 FM and musiccityroots.com. The show’s streaming service RootsRadio.com plans to build a broadcast booth in The Factory’s main hall for other live programming and interviews, officials said.
And Walker isn’t closing the barn door on holding future Music City Roots shows at the Loveless Cafe Barn or other venues.
“It won’t be the only place that we do things from,” Walker said. “The heart of the show still remains the same.”
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The final spring season at the Loveless Cafe Barn kicks off at 7 p.m. Wednesday with performances by Nikki Talley, Dan The Torpedoes, Chatham County Line, and Driftwood. The spring season runs through June 18.