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,…

Release: Paul Rodgers Debuts New Music On Front And Center

Photo by Kat Villacorta British multi-platinum selling artist and Grammy nominee, Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company), debuts songs from his first studio album in 13 years, The Royal Sessions on public television’s new season of “Front and Center” (Check Local Listings). The episode will begin airing on November 11th and features Rodgers performing the music of Stax Records with Memphis’ famed Hi-Rhythm Section at the iHeartRadio Theatre in New York City. Songs include “Walk On By,” “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,”, and “I Can’t Stand The Rain.”

Review of Richard Thompson by Rock Guitar Daily

Tony Conley recently review Front And Center for his blog, “Rock Guitar Daily”- most specifically, our episode featuring Richard Thompson. Here’s an excerpt: “The production of Front and Center is stunning – let’s start with the audio since we are talking about a show that presents musicians playing live music. I’m rather, shall I say, picky about how I listen to music. Once it leaves my computer (if that is the source), the signal hits an ancient low wattage, but remarkable soulful Marantz model 1030 console stereo amplifier which in turn feeds the signal into a pair of equally ancient Radio Shack Nova 8B speaker cabinets – lest the name Radio Shack makes you skeptical, these beauties were built in the company’s custom shop in…

People.com exclusive: Dierks Bentley Reveals the Real Story Behind ‘Drunk on a Plane’

From People.com October 15, 2014 By Laura Lane Of all the things you might want to do in your lifetime, being drunk on a plane with Dierks Bentley is likely up there on your list. And the country hunk sings about an alcohol-fueled flight in the clouds in his No. 1 “Drunk on a Plane,” which he performs on the Oct. 18 airing of Front and Center, as part of the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the CMA’s Songwriter Series. In the exclusive Front and Center clip above, Bentley explains that he was dealing with a bit of writer’s block before fellow writer Josh Kear suggested the title “Drunk on a Plane.” That’s when everything changed. “I was like, ‘We gotta write that song, man,’ ”…

Front And Center Announces New Season To Debut This Month

Dierks Bentley, Counting Crows, The Fray, John Hiatt, Lady Antebellum, Paul Rodgers, Richie Sambora, Joe Satriani, Richard Thompson and Keith Urban Launch New Season of Front and Center Ten All New Shows Including a 10th Anniversary CMA Songwriters Series Debut and a Special 99th Birthday Commemorative Concert for Legendary Guitar Pioneer Les Paul September 24, 2014 (New York) –Multi-Grammy, CMA, and AMA Award winners round out the line-up for the new season of public television’s acclaimed music series Front and Center. This season marks the series’ most diverse line-up to date, including its first Country Music performances, and one-of-a-kind shows with Dierks Bentley, Counting Crows, The Fray, John Hiatt, Lady Antebellum, Paul Rodgers, Richie Sambora, Joe Satriani, Richard Thompson, and Keith Urban. “This season could…

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