It’s no secret that the Brits are a little obsessed with American roots music, so it makes sense that the Nashville launch of U.K. musical collective Communion drove founders Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons, head Americana-obsessive), Kevin Jones (Cherbourg), and producer Ian Grimble (Travis) to assemble a lineup that would make any folkophile weep. Designed to break new artists (Anna Calvi and the Vaccines, for example) and nurture a creative environment for established ones, Communion has already launched stateside in Brooklyn and San Francisco. Leading the Nashville kickoff is Robert Ellis, Trampled by Turtles, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, Shovels & Rope, Night Beds and a special to-be-announced guest (we have no hints, only that they’ll play a full set). We extolled the virtues of Ellis when he played The Basement recently, so this time we’ll suggest paying special attention to newbies Shovels & Rope, a South Carolina twosome who manage to meld Steven Tyler/Joe Perry chemistry with a down-in-the-Delta sound, and Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, who are putting out their new Dylanesque LP on Brendan Benson’s Readymade Records. The event will continue the first Thursday of every month. And it’s OK, U.K. You gave us the Beatles; we can lend you our banjos.