IF YOU GO
■ What: Scenic City Roots.
■ When: 7 p.m. today, June 5; doors open at 6 p.m.
■ Where: Track 29, 1400 Market St.
■ Admission: $10 general admission, $5 students with ID (anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian).
■ Phone: 423-521-2929.
■ Websites: www.sceniccityroots.com, www.track29.co.
Four acts will showcase their spins on Americana music at Scenic City Roots tonight, June 5, at Track 29. Set to perform in the two-hour musical variety show are Rachel Baiman, Barry Waldrep, Sour Bridges and Little Country Giants. Designed to revive the historic legacy of live musical radio production, Scenic City Roots is presented monthly with a rotating roster of artists, who perform a "roots and branches" mix of traditional and progressive interpretations of country, blues and Americana music. The shows air live on WPLZ Hippie Radio 105.9 FM, and segments are broadcast on WTCI public television Thursday nights at 9.
ABOUT THE ACTS
■ Rachel Baiman: Based out of Nashville, this fiddle and banjo player, singer and composer specializes in old-time, bluegrass, Scottish and folk music.
■ Little Country Giants: This husband-and-wife duo of Russell Cook and Cameron Federal produce vintage Southern folk, bluegrass and country sounds. Their songwriting has been described as preserving "the poetry of a disappearing rural America."
■ Sour Bridges: This five-piece ensemble plays browngrass -- it's like bluegrass, just a little dirtier. Formed in 2009 in Austin, Texas, the band offers a fresh blend of fiddle, banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar, drums and tight harmonies, with rock 'n' roll inspiration and a doo-wop sensibility.
■ Barry Waldrep: The Alabama native, known as a blazing instrumentalist on a variety of instruments, started performing with his father on the bluegrass festival circuit at age 6. As a teen, he paid his dues in honky-tonks after being influenced by the Southern rock sounds of The Allman Brothers Band. In his 20s, he founded the jam band Rollin' in the Hay, a fusion of bluegrass and Southern rock.