CMA And Public Television's 'Front And Center' Series Gets Air Dates
September 3, 2014 at 9:10 AM (PT)
CMA TELEVISION EVENTS and PUBLIC TELEVISION will air two hour-long concert specials leading up to "THE 48TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS." CMA CEO SARAH TRAHERN and PUBLIC TELEVISION Executive Producer DON MAGGI announced TODAY (9/3) that "Front and Center" will air nationwide.
"Front and Center" will consist of two specials celebrating songs and songwriters. The first special will begin airing TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14th and feature the 10th Anniversary CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES celebration with DIERKS BENTLEY and songwriters JIM BEAVERS, ROSS COPPERMAN, BRETT JAMES, and JON RANDALL.
"Country music is a genre on the foundation of great songs," said TRAHERN. "Announcing the 'Front and Center' shows the same time we are recognizing our CMA AWARDS nominated songwriters for the CMA Song of the Year was a natural fit and a great way to build excitement leading up to the AWARDS broadcast on NOVEMBER 5th."
The second special will begin airing TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28th and will featured LADY ANTEBELLUM performing with songwriters RODNEY CLAWSON, TOM DOUGLAS, JOSH KEAR, LUKE LAIRD, and ABE STOKLASA. Both specials were taped earlier in the year in collaboration with the year-long celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES.
"We were privileged to be able to work with as prestigious an organization as the CMA, to bring these compelling shows with DIERKS (BENTLEY) and LADY ANTEBELLUM to public television," stated MAGGI. "They were truly special shows that we hope have laid the groundwork for future programming with the CMA."