A “Roots on the Road” tour of regional venues will build to the grand opening of the new

Yee-Haw Brewing Co./ Ole Smoky Moonshine venue in the budding South Six district.

Music City Roots, the live musical variety radio show, web stream and public television series is returning to Nashville in mid 2018, moving from the edge of Music City to the heart of Music City. The critically acclaimed weekly live showcase for outstanding roots and Americana music will take up permanent residence in a new venue developed in collaboration with the award-winning craft brewer Yee-Haw Brewing Co. and Ole Smoky Moonshine, the world’s most visited distillery. The complex will be located at 6th Ave. South and Peabody Street, a key corner in the emerging South Six district in downtown Nashville.
The final show of Root’s three-and-a-half year run at the Factory at Franklin will take place this Wednesday, Dec. 13. 
Music will be presented day and night at the new downtown facility, with an intimate radio performance area in the tasting room, as well as a full-production concert stage in the main hall. “Music City Roots looks forward to continuing to export the diversity and quality of our musical culture to a national and international audience from the heart of Nashville. We are honored to expand our long-term relationship with the great folks at Yee Haw to opening what will be an iconic and authentic addition to Music City,” says executive producer Todd Mayo.
During the hiatus, MCR will present Roots on the Road, a tour of iconic Nashville venues, with live shows airing on a monthly basis. The first of those shows will be Music City Roots Live from the City Winery on Jan. 27, 2018 with John Oates and other special guests, celebrating the launch of MCR’s 5th Season on American Public Television. Other host venues will include 3rd & Lindsley, The Basement East and the Nashville Palace. “And maybe a few more,” adds booking producer Ashlee-Jean Lurgio. “We felt this would be a great opportunity to work with some of the important music rooms in the community – they’re all friends that share our musical values.”
The Yee-Haw – Ole Smoky complex will be a major addition to the emerging South Six neighborhood, occupying a 12,000 square foot brick facility that formerly housed a truck repair shop. Besides a distillery, brewery, bars, outdoor beer garden, beer & bottle shop, merchandise, and an intimate tasting and listening room, the building will host a 1,000 capacity music hall designed in partnership with the Music City Roots audio and video production teams, and a broadcast studio for WMOT Roots Radio 89.5 FM, host station for Music City Roots. Visitors will be able to enjoy cocktails by the glass, as well as purchase jars of moonshine and bottled beer for home enjoyment.
“The heart of this partnership is our shared goal to curate a world-class listening environment, and present the music with the utmost respect for the artists that create it. In addition to being a live venue, it will be fully equipped for HD video broadcast, state-of-the-art live audio recording and radio broadcast”, says Music City Roots executive producer John Walker. “We are all very excited about this new endeavor” says Joe Baker, Owner of Yee-Haw Brewing Company and Founder of Ole Smoky Distillery. “By providing guests with the best of Tennessee music, beer and moonshine, in a comfortable setting, we are confident that our newest venue will do extremely well in Nashville.”
This project also represents another evolution in the groundbreaking relationship between Music City Roots and MTSU-owned WMOT-FM. The collaboration on the format change to Roots Radio in 2016 had national implications as the first 100,000-watt FM and NPR affiliate to embrace a full-time Americana format. The new Nashville WMOT Studio will also play a major role in a new MTSU College of Media and Entertainment program that maximizes hands-on student learning experiences. Dean Ken Paulson remarks, “Our partnership with Music City Roots and Yee-Haw downtown will be a cornerstone of our new MTSU in Music City initiative. While the core of our college is in nearby Murfreesboro, we’re expanding our teaching to locations throughout the city, working with industry partners to give our students unique professional opportunities in the heart of a vibrant media and entertainment scene.”
The MCR team departs Franklin with fond memories. “Liberty Hall in The Factory at Franklin has been a beautiful home for MCR since July of 2014,” said co-producer and interview guy Craig Havighurst. “The room sounds amazing and it played host to shows we’ll never forget, including a special night with the Doobie Brothers, several AmericanaFest shows and the epic Night Train to Nashville collaboration with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The team at the Factory has been beyond professional and enjoyable to work with, and the Franklin CVB’s commitment to supporting music is second to none. We’ll cherish memories of the Factory as our home both in our hearts and our video archives, including three seasons of MCR on public television."


About Yee-Haw Brewing Co.:
Our beer is as good as it gets. We make beers you want to have more than just one of. Beers that celebrate good times and good company. Yee-Haw Brewing Co. is about fun, and about balance. We provide a mix of the finest ales and lagers, including our World Beer Cup award-winning Dunkel. Our beer is bold and flavorful, but easy to drink. Our year round Pilsner, Pale Ale, Eighty shilling Scottish Ale and Dunkel dark lager are here to be your go-to staples, while our diverse seasonals give you a chance to try something exciting and new.
About Ole Smoky Distillery LLC:
Ole Smoky is the leading distiller of premium moonshine in the U.S. and the first federally licensed distillery in the history of East Tennessee. The company’s roots can be traced to the early settlers of the Smoky Mountains. Ole Smoky was named an Impact Hot Brand by M. Shanken Communications, a leading publisher in the U.S. wine & spirits industry. Additionally, people from all over the world visit the famed Gatlinburg Distillery, The Holler™, to see and experience how Ole Smoky moonshine is made. Ole Smoky now retails globally and offers more than twenty creative flavors crafted from authentic family recipes. For more information, please visit and find them on social media @olesmoky.
About WMOT-Roots Radio:
WMOT-Roots Radio 89.5 is a listener-supported National Public Radio (NPR) station based at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. As Middle Tennessee’s most powerful music station, WMOT has a 100,000-watt signal that reaches north to Bowling Green, Kentucky and south to the Alabama border. WMOT is located in the Center for Innovation in Media in MTSU’s College of Media and Entertainment, where students work alongside industry professionals in a dynamic, collaborative environment. WMOT Roots Radio features original Americana programming and is dedicated to the music most deeply connected to Music City’s legacy: classic country music, bluegrass, singer/songwriter, folk, soul, R&B and old-school rock and roll. WMOT also continues to offer award-winning jazz programming on secondary channels (89.5HD, 92.3FM in Rutherford County and 104.9 in Williamson County). Please visit for more information.
About Music City Roots:
Founded in October of 2009, Music City Roots is a weekly live musical variety radio show hosted by Grammy winning “Mr Americana” artist, Jim Lauderdale. Streamed live every week online to a global audience and airing on over 25 radio stations, Music City Roots has aired nationally in 75% of the United States on public television. Roots was created to shine a light on the variety and diversity of American Music. Roots has hosted Grammy winning artists like Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Emmylou Harris as well as iconic American acts like The Doobie Brothers and features a weekly emerging artist as well. A community of fans, bands and brands, Music City Roots hearkens back to the golden age of live radio utilizing traditional and contemporary platforms of discovery: radio, television, and streaming both live and on demand. 

Remember you can catch Music City Roots live every Friday/Saturday at 10 pm (Fri) and Sat at 10 am on CMR Nashville

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