The Soul of a State: MCR 4.16.14
I was never more proud to be part of Music City Roots or more fulfilled in our mission of making fellowship and living culture around great music than I was late Wednesday night as our show wound to a close. The stars aligned on a clear, cool Spring evening, and tidings of history swirled around the Barn. Every artist conveyed the loose comfort and focused passion that epitomizes Americana at its best. You can’t touch every tone and style of roots music in one show, but between the twenty-something freshness of Lilly Hiatt in our opening slot to the earned wisdom and command of Percy Wiggins fronting the Bo-Keys at night’s end, with an historic reunion in the middle, there was a completeness to this show that’s hard to contrive. Certainly our partnership on this show with the Oxford American magazine – its great creative people and its place at the pinnacle of quality journalism and music commentary – helped galvanize a special line-up and elevated everyone’s game. It enabled the improbable.