Bentley, Hiatt, Urban go Front and Center
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
– The line-up for the new season of public television's concert series "Front and Center" includes its first country performances from the likes of Dierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum.
Keith Urban, John Hiatt, Counting Crows, The Fray, John Hiatt, Paul Rodgers, Richie Sambora, Joe Satriani and Richard Thompson all appear.
"This season could be our best," said Executive Producer Don Maggi. "We're featuring some of the finest names in pop, rock and country music, who have collectively sold millions of albums, won numerous awards and are easily some of the best live entertainers in the business."
The 10 shows will begin feeding to public television stations starting Sept. 30.
The line-up is:
Counting Crows (Sept. 30)
John Hiatt (Oct. 7)
Dierks Bentley (Oct. 14)
Joe Satriani (Oct. 21)
Lady Antebellum (Oct. 28)
Keith Urban (Nov. 4)
Paul Rodgers (Nov. 11)
The Fray (Nov. 18)
Richard Thompson (Nov. 25)
Richie Sambora (Dec. 2)
"The core of country music is its songs, and the CMA established the CMA Songwriters Series 10 years ago to recognize a really important part of our genre, the songwriters," said Bentley. "We don't typically take the time to thank the songwriters, so collaborating with the CMA and Front and Center was the perfect place - a night with five guys on stools sharing stories, songs and whiskey."
All episodes of Front and Center are directed by Pierre and Francois Lamoureux of FogoLabs.
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