Lots o’ grass on Music City Roots

Jon WeisbergerTonight’s (2/6) edition of Music City Roots will feature a bluegrass-centric lineup. They are billing the show as Bluegrass and Friends, since two of the shows acts will be billed in that fashion.

Jon Weisberger & Friends will feature the noted songwriter, bassist and IBMA Executive Committee member in an unfamiliar position – fronting a band. Instead of playing a supporting role with Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, Jon will be in the spotlight highlighting a number of songs he has written and some of the folks with whom he has written. Assisting will be Chris Jones on guitar and vocals, Ned Luberecki on banjo, Jesse Brock on mandolin and vocals, and Jeremy Garrett on fiddle and vocals.

Weisberger says it will also serve as a reunion of sorts, as both Jesse and Jeremy had previously worked with him in Jones’ band.

“Jeremy will sing an as-yet unrecorded song that he and I wrote called Come Back To Me, and of course, Chris will sing Final Farewell, the song that he and I wrote for the Night Drivers that topped Bluegrass Today’s 2012 airplay chart.

And then Kati Penn-Williams and Junior Williams of NewTown are coming in to do Love The Way I Do, a song that Jeremy and I wrote for her and the band a couple of years ago; Vida Wakeman of Jeff & Vida will sing a good-spirited, old-time kind of tune called We’ll Put Out The Fire (lots of fiddle and banjo on  that one!), and my Leadership Music classmate Jenn Schott – a great songwriter who most recently co-wrote the title track on Tim McGraw’s new album – will be singing one we wrote called My Kind Of Night Life.

Randy Kohrs & Friends will be on the show as well, for a brief set, but not in a bluegrass context. His MCR pals will consist of Jay Weaver, Josh Shilling, Mike Radovsky, Trevor Finlay and John McTigue.

The Steeldrivers will also perform tonight, serving up songs from their just-released record, Hammer Down.

And lastly, Taylor Brashears will offer her bluegrass-flavored  acoustic country.

You can watch the show live online tonight starting at 8:00 p.m.  (EST), and running about 2 hours.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.