Release: TWO-TIME GRAMMY NOMINEES FOR KING & COUNTRY CONFIRMED FOR UPCOMING PERFORMANCES ON THE TODAY SHOW AND PUBLIC TELEVISION’S FRONT AND CENTER

  Appearances To Support Latest Grammy Nominated Album Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong January 29, 2015 – New York, NY…for KING & COUNTRY, the two-time 2015 Grammy nominated duo of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, have hit the ground running in 2015. In addition to their current U.S. tour, their highest debuting album of their career (#13 on the Billboard Top 200), the band will visit New York City to appear on the Today Show and to tape their first-ever all-performance television special for the critically acclaimed music series, Front and Center on which the likes of Lady Antebellum, Counting Crows, Cyndi Lauper, The Fray, Jack Johnson, Train, John Hiatt and Keith Urban have appeared. The band will play a near 90-minute set at the…

Denver Post: Denver’s The Fray on RMPBS

January 15, 2015 Denver Post By Joanne Ostrow Denver pop-rock favorites The Fray will be on public TV’s “Front and Center” on Sunday, airing locally at 11 p.m. on Rocky Mountain PBS. The performance was taped at New York City’s McKittrick Hotel. The four-time Grammy nominees and 2005 Billboard Music Awards New Artist of the Year perform material from their fourth studio album, Helios, as well as hits “You Found Me” and “How to Save a Life.” Frontman Isaac Slade said, per a “Front and Center” release, “The McKittrick was a stunning space to play our new songs in. Everyone was just right there with us the whole time. Felt so old school and up close and personal, like one of those hazy Gable &…

RollingStone.com: Roger Waters, John Mellencamp Choose Interviewers for ‘Speakeasy’ TV Show

RollingStone.com January 9, 2015 By Kory Grow This month a new music-themed talk show will debut that flips the script and lets musicians choose their own interviewer. Speakeasy‘s first class includes Roger Waters, who chose TV journalist Bill Weir; John Mellencamp, who picked Rolling Stone founder Jann S. Wenner; Carlos Santana, who selected the “King of Calypso” Harry Belafonte;Nile Rodgers, who opted for singer Valerie Simpson; and Rush‘s Geddy Lee, who requested Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon. Since the show is a public television series, broadcast times and channels vary (more details below). The producers of the public-television concert series Front and Center spearheaded the show, which they filmed before a live audience at New York City’s McKittrick Hotel. “Artists of this caliber have doubtless done thousands of…

Press Release: Introducing New Series, Speakeasy

PREMIERE SEASON OF SPEAKEASY TO LAUNCH IN NEW JERSEY ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 4TH AT 11PM WITH EPISODES FEATURING NILE RODGERS, ROGER WATERS, JOHN MELLENCAMP, CARLOS SANTANA AND GEDDY LEE One-Hour Talk Show Features Interviewers Valerie Simpson, Bill Weir, Jann Wenner, Harry Belafonte and Michael Chabon Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame recipients, Grammy Award winners, and legendary iconic musicians are featured on the all-new prime-time interview series, Speakeasy to air on public television. The premiere season will debut on NEWJ beginning Sunday, January 4th at 11pm. The show will feature iconic musician/producer and co-founder of CHIC, Nile Rodgers; acclaimed composer and rock musician Roger Waters; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp; multi-instrumentalist and social activist Carlos Santana; and legendary Rush front-man and bassist Geddy Lee. Each hour-long episode allows for a unique…

RollingStone.com Article: Little Big Town Share Stage With Co-writers During Intimate Nashville Show

From RollingStone.com December 3, 2014 By Andrew Leahey “Man, I think we need a cigarette after that one,” Philip Sweet joked Tuesday night, following a particularly intimate version of Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” at a venue in North Nashville. Sweet and his three bandmates briefly interrupted their country-wide Pain Killer Tour to return home, round up four of their favorite co-writers and film an episode of Front and Center, a Public Television concert series that kicked off its fourth season earlier this fall. Unlike most Little Big Town concerts, the Front and Center performance focused not only on the chart-topping band, but also the songwriters who’ve helped stockpile the group with tunes like “Pontoon,” “Sober” and “Tumble and Fall.” Since inviting all of their co-writers…

Press Release: Upcoming Nashville Tapings With Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Sara Evans And Martina McBride

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2014 “FRONT AND CENTER” AND THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCE ALL-NEW CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES TAPINGS FOR PUBLIC TELEVISION FEATURING HUNTER HAYES, LITTLE BIG TOWN, MARTINA MCBRIDE AND SARA EVANS, AND BOB DIPIERO AND FRIENDS INCLUDING BRANDY CLARK, SHANE MCANALLY AND CHARLIE WORSHAM NASHVILLE – The critically-acclaimed concert series “Front and Center” and the Country Music Association have teamed up to present four all-new CMA Songwriters Series episodes set to air as part of “Front and Center’s” Spring season on public television (check local listings). The shows will feature performances from some of the hottest names in Country Music including Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero, Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, and Charlie Worsham, who have collectively sold more…

Denver Post: Colorado’s The Fray will be “Front and Center”

DenverPost.com By Joanne Ostrow November, 18, 2014 DVR alert: Colorado hitmakers The Fray will be on the public TV series “Front and Center,” airing locally Saturday, Jan. 10 at 11 p.m. on CPT12 (KBDI). The four-time Grammy-nominated band will debut music from their recent studio album “Helios,” which reached #2 on the US Top Rock Albums, including Top-10 hits “You Found Me” and “How To Save Life,” plus their most recent single, “Break Your Plans.” The session was recorded at the McKittrick Hotel in New York City. “Front and Center” is a one-hour, commercial-free concert series, produced with WNET in New York and distributed by American Public Television.

RollingStone.com: Watch Lady Antebellum Speed Down ‘Long Stretch of Love’ With Josh Kear

From RollingStone.com By Andrew Leahey November 14, 2014 Behind every great country song, there’s a great country songwriter… and it isn’t necessarily the artist who sang the tune. During a recent performance at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, Lady Antebellum stripped away the pomp and polish of their amphitheater shows in favor of an informal, seated concert that focused not only on the bandmates themselves, but also the co-writers behind some of their past (and future) hits. Included in the 55-minute set was “Long Stretch of Love,” the leadoff track from Lady A’s 747, which the group performed with longtime collaborator Josh Kear. “If there was ever a fourth member of our band, it’s this next guy,” Dave Haywood told the audience by way of…

Release: Country Now to Feature First Look On Demand Performances From Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley And Lady Antebellum

Country Now, the first original country music-dedicated YouTube channel, today announced that it will feature music from two ‘Front and Center’ episodes, airing this Fall on Public Television (check local listings). The offerings will include four songs from the first Country Music Association/’Front and Center’ television events of their kind, featuring Lady Antebellum, a special 10th Anniversary CMA Songwriters Series celebration with Dierks Bentley, as well as Keith Urban: The Hits, Live from The Highline Ballroom in New York City. The music is now available at http://bit.ly/13fFtNK “These CMA/’Front and Center’ concerts are incredible – intimate, one-of-a-kind events – that every Country music fan should see,” said Dominic Sandifer, President Country Now/Greenlight Media & Marketing, LLC. “The production and these performances are not only impeccable,…

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