As the CMA Songwriters Series celebrates 10 years since its launch in 2005 in New York City, the PBS series Front and Center airs a special episode taped in Nashville with modern-day star Dierks Bentley. Premiering earlier this week and currently in rotation on PBS channels (check local listings), the installment finds the “Drunk on a Plane” and “I Hold On” hitmaker joined by acclaimed writers Jim Beavers, Ross Copperman, Brett James and Jon Randall, who all share stories behind the aforementioned hits and others. Check out the stripped-down performance of “I Hold On” above.
Since the Songwriters Series began nearly a decade ago at Joe’s Pub in New York, the CMA has presented more than 75 shows in 13 cities, including Chicago, Boston and London, and featured 132 gifted musician storytellers. Last month, Darius Rucker hosted a special CMA Songwriters Series event from the Best Buy Theater in Times Square alongside tunesmiths Bob DiPiero, Luke Laird and Rivers Rutherford.
On November 4th, the series returns to Nashville for a CMA Awards week performance with writer-artists Jaren Johnston of the Cadillac Three and Brandy Clark. The 10th anniversary celebration culminates December 3rd and 4th in New York with DiPiero, Radney Foster, Brett James and Craig Wiseman. For more information, check out the home of the CMA Songwriters Series.