Music City Roots brings Nashville to Tamworth
NASHVILLE comes to Tamworth today with the first ever international broadcast of Music City Roots.
The iconic radio and television show mixes the traditional style of Grand Ole Opry radio with modern technology like live streaming around the world.
The show will broadcast outside of Nashville, Tennessee for the first time tonight at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
"We always wanted to take the show on the road and we thought about going to Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville and then we thought 'no let's just go to Australia'," said executive producer Todd Mayo.
"I've never travelled so far to feel right at home. It feels like Nashville here. It kind of looks like southern California, but it feels like Nashville."
After spending the better part of a week in Tamworth, Mayo and fellow Music City Roots executive producer John Walker are full of praise for the city's "unique" festival.
"We've really been taken by the fact in that the entire town there's a sense of community. Everyone is involved," said Mayo.
"From the venues to the buskers on the street, there's a wonderful energy.
"You can't walk five metres without running into somebody playing. The concept is really unique."
Tonight's show, hosted by "Mr Americana" Jim Lauderdale, will feature American country and roots artist Elizabeth Cook and David Jacob-Strain and Aussies including Felicity Urquhart and Kirsty Lee Akers.
"It's a real collaborative experience from a production standpoint," Mayo said.
"We're filming it and streaming it out live to the world. Half the crew is Australian folks and half the crew is us.
"We might even have a couple of surprises. There's a couple of acts we've seen busking on the street that we've reached out to."
Music City Roots will broadcast live from the Tamworth Town Hall tonight from 7pm ADST. Tickets are on sale now from the Destination Tamworth website or call 02 6767 5300.