The Loveless Barn, Nashville


The drive back from Oxford to Nashville via Holly Springs was a lot quicker than the journey down – until I got into the outskirts of town and hit a traffic snarl that meant it ended up taking the same time.

I had a car with GPS fitted. Thank goodness because I had to drive out to the Loveless Barn after dark to see some of the Aussies perform for the Music City Roots live to air. I would never have found my way using just a map.

Hosted by the inimitable Jim Lauderdale the evening is a little bit like Denise’s Grand Old Twang shows but much more hokey in an old-fashioned way. Tim Thorpe is a much better link man. So I guess it is based on the Grand Old Opry concept and it works and the two-and-a-half hour show draws a good crowd. For $10 it is a bargain.

Jordie Lane, Chris Altmann, Caitlin Harnett and Felicity Urquhart all performed 4 – 6 songs each and acquited themselves well. I think this is a much better showcase for the Aussies because these are the people you want them to reach – an American audience.

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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