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…

CMA AND PUBLIC TELEVISION’S “FRONT AND CENTER” ANNOUNCE MAJOR MARKET AIR DATES FOR CONCERT SPECIALS CELEBRATING SONGS AND SONGWRITERS WITH DIERKS BENTLEY AND LADY ANTEBELLUM

The First CMA Television Events of their Kind will Feature the Music of Lady Antebellum and a Special 10th Anniversary CMA Songwriters Series Celebration with Dierks Bentley and Top Nashville Songwriters Leading up to “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” NASHVILLE – CMA Chief Executive Officer, Sarah Trahern, along with the Executive Producer of public television’s critically-acclaimed concert series “Front and Center,” Don Maggi, announced the dates that public television stations across the country will start airing two, hour-long concert specials leading up to Country Music’s Biggest Night™, “The 48th Annual CMA Awards.” The announcement was made today in New York City during a press conference to announce the final nominees for the 2014 CMA Awards. The first of the two shows will be available to…

Front And Center To Thrill Music Fans This Fall!

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Front and Center wrapped up filming for Season 4 last month, with ten all new episodes airing this fall on public television. This season’s shows were filmed throughout New York City along with special performances shot in the country music capital of the world, Nashville, TN. Front and Center would like to thank the Iridium, McKittrick Hotel and Highline Ballroom in New York City and to Nashville’s Marathon Music Works. Without them there would not be a show. Don’t forget to check out www.frontandcenter.com for more updates and airdates for your area, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get a chance to win tickets to future Front and Center tapings.

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