Front and Center - Season 10
Airing Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. beginning Sept. 2
FRONT AND CENTER showcases an eclectic variety of musicians, from industry veterans to emerging artists, in an intimate setting that uniquely connects an artist to their fans. Artists play their defining hits and introduce new work in a dynamic hour of music and banter about life on the road, songwriting influences, and the hard work and heartbreak that come before the sold-out shows and crowded award shelves. Season 10 rolls out with eight concerts that span genres from Rock to Country to Americana to New Age.
In a slight departure from the series’ usual format, season ten launches with an archival concert by the late Glen Campbell, recorded in August 2008 at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. Campbell returned to the iconic club to perform songs from Meet Glen Campbell days before that album’s release, treating the audience to a mix of Campbell standards like “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy” along with instant-classic covers of hits by U2, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Velvet Underground, The Replacements, Green Day, Foo Fighters, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and Scottish band Travis. Watching Campbell’s last full live concert performance recorded, now four years since he passed in 2017, fans are reminded of the rare talent for phrasing and vocals this legend brought to whatever song he interpreted.
Following Campbell, FRONT AND CENTER’s new, exclusive performances this season include 2014 ACM Awards’ Top New Artist of the Year Dustin Lynch; 2013 CMA Triple Play Award winner Brantley Gilbert; Academy of Country Music (ACM) and Country Music Association (CMA) Awards’ reigning Vocal Group of the Year (2018-2021 for ACM; 2018-2020 for CMA) Old Dominion; five-time GRAMMY ® Award winners Lady A; award-winning Country duo Maddie & Tae; John Hiatt with Jerry Douglas and special guest Tommy Emmanuel; and New Age vocalist Sangeeta Kaur.
Country singer/songwriter Dustin Lynch’s February 2020 concert at Analog at the Hutton Hotel is an exuberant celebration of what was already a big year for him with the release of his concept album Tullahoma one month prior. Lynch’s heavily autobiographical set list includes the title track inspired by his childhood hometown 75 miles from his current Nashville stardom, his smash hit “Small Town Boy,” and “Cowboys and Angels,” about his grandparents’ 65-year love story which he plays in this concert as an acoustic solo. Fixing his jacket so his mom “doesn’t get mad” about a sloppy showing on television, Lynch energizes the crowd in person and at home, a pre-Covid recorded reminder of how exciting packed live music performances were and will be again.
Southern Rocker Brantley Gilbert brings his band to Analog in Nashville’s Hutton Hotel for a stripped-down set of his No. 1 hits that lyrically span both the party and the pew. The very personal set list includes hits inspired by his courtship with his wife (“You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” “If You Want a Bad Boy”), his nine years of sobriety (“Bottoms Up”), and more. Gilbert invites his co-writers for three of his number one hits – Mike Dekle (“Country Must Be Country Wide” and “One Hell of an Amen”), Justin Weaver and Brett James (both on “Bottoms Up”) – on stage to perform with him and chat about the songwriting process, how performance can change a song, why everyone in music dresses in all black, and Gilbert’s history of stage acrobatics.
Country-pop five-piece band Old Dominion mark the 5th anniversary of their first album in a performance recorded at Analog at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville. Between songs in a set that includes their biggest hits - “Never Be Sorry,” “One Man Band,” “Make it Sweet” and more - as well as a first-time in concert cover of Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me,” front man Matthew Ramsey shares stories of a lyrical mishap that brought them closer to their fans in Chicago, a soundcheck that resulted in a last-minute addition to their album Meat and Candy, and more.
Lady A, one of the 21st century’s premier vocal groups with the highest certified song by a Country group (the 9X Platinum “Need You Now”), perform from a decade of hits plus four new songs including “Like a Lady” at Analog in their native Nashville. The multi-Grammy winning and three-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year trio of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, whose countless honors run the gamut from the Teen Choice Awards to a Tony Award nod along with membership in the Grand Old Opry, recently earned their 11th career No.1 with the Gold chart-topper “Champagne Night.”
Maddie & Tae, longtime friends and music collaborators who first broke out in 2013 with their brilliant counter to “Bro-Country” -- “Girl in A Country Song” – and are now the first and only Country twosome with multiple No. 1s bring their tight harmonies to Analog at the Hutton Hotel for a concert that includes that first Platinum-selling smash plus their Platinum-certified hit “Die from a Broken Heart” as well as their latest, “Woman You Got.”
John Hiatt with Jerry Douglas and special guest Tommy Emmanuel perform songs from Hiatt and Douglas’ 2021 release Leftover Feelings with universal themes -- family, loss, tough redemption, long-term love – including “I’m in Asheville;” Hiatt hits like “Thing Called Love;” Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire;” and more with their distinctive musicianship. Douglas’ innovative work on the Dobro, paired with Certified Guitar Player Emmanuel’s fingerstyle technique along with Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Hiatt’s storytelling make for a one-night-only experience at Analog at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville.
While traveling the world as an operatic vocalist, Sangeeta Kaur was introduced to the power of spiritual mantra as well as the discipline of yogic practices that have influenced her musical expression. Her performance for FRONT AND CENTER showcases her innovation and creativity, merging classical and contemporary music approaches for a performance enhanced by gorgeous visuals, graphics, and costuming. Recorded in Los Angeles, the concert features a guest appearance by Jon Anderson of YES and backed by world class musicians who have worked with Wings, Jimmy Buffett, and more icons of the industry, the set includes Sangeeta’s original composition “In All of Time” and a stunning rendition of “Les Feuilles Mortes” set in a virtual magical forest.
FRONT AND CENTER is a production of Front and Center, LLC and is distributed nationally by American Public Television. FRONT AND CENTER was made possible by support from RX Water. For more information and to watch prior seasons featuring artists including Santana, Jack Johnson, Shawn Mendes, Sheryl Crow, Seal, Hozier, and Miranda Lambert, visit frontandcenter.com. Follow Front and Center on social media on Facebook at FrontAndCenterTV, on Twitter @frontandcenter and on Instagram @frontandcenterTV.