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Front and Center” Kicks-off New Season with Hunter Hayes, Brandy Clark, Sara Evans, Martina McBride & Little Big Town.

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The critically acclaimed music series “Front and Center” will kick off its new season with four all-new CMA Songwriters Series episodes with Hunter Hayes; Bob DiPiero featuring Brandy Clark; Sara Evans and Martina McBride; and Little Big Town.

The episodes, which will begin airing Saturday on Public Television, collectively feature guest appearances from some of Nashville’s best-known songwriters including Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey, Aimee Mayo, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Gretchen Peters, Liz Rose, Gordie Sampson, The Warren Brothers, and songwriting artist Charlie Worsham. Check local listings for airdates and times in each market and for a sneak peek at the new season click here.

“Kicking off the start of the new season of ‘Front and Center’ with our CMA Songwriter Series episodes is something that we’re especially excited about,” said Don Maggi, “Front and Center” Executive Producer. “Not only were the performances of the artists who participated special, but the respect that they showed the songwriters and the stories that they told, gave us some incredible moments.”

“CMA is proud of our partnership and creative collaborations with ‘Front and Center’,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “These shows shine a national spotlight not only on Country Music and the great artists in these episodes, but also on our amazing songwriting community and the CMA Songwriters Series, which has fans around the world.”

April 4 – Hunter Hayes
CMA Award-winning, multi-instrumentalist Hayes performs with fellow songwriters Barry Dean (“Pontoon,” Little Big Town), Lori McKenna (“I’m Workin’,” Tim McGraw), and Gordie Sampson (“Just A Dream,” Carrie Underwood). The episode features Hayes and his guests performing songs from his chart-topping album Storyline and features the hit “Invisible,” as well songs from his No.1, self-titled, Platinum-selling debut album.

April 11 – Bob DiPiero featuring CMA Award Winner Brandy Clark
Bob DiPiero, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and co-creator of the CMA Songwriters Series, is joined by reigning CMA Award winner for CMA Song of the Year and two-time 2015 Grammy Award-nominee Brandy Clark along with her co-writer on the 2014 CMA Song of the Year, Shane McAnally, and recording artist Charlie Worsham. The foursome takes turns performing songs they helped pen including hits like “Follow Your Arrow” (recorded by Kacey Musgraves), “Blue Clear Sky” (recorded by George Strait), and “Gone” (recorded by Montgomery Gentry).

April 18 – Sara Evans and Martina McBride: Ladies Night Out
Multiple CMA Award winners Sara Evans and Martina McBride join forces for a special “CMA Songwriters Series: Ladies Night Out.” Evans’ recent studio album Slow Me Down debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. She’s had five No. 1 songs, two No. 1 Country albums, sold six million albums, and has been nominated and/or won nearly 10 major music awards. McBride has sold more than 18 million albums, which have included six No.1s, and has earned more than 15 major music awards including four wins for CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. Together Evans and McBride present songwriters Gretchen Peters (“Independence Day,” Martina McBride), Aimee Mayo (“Let’s Make Love,” Faith Hill), and The Warren Brothers (“Red Solo Cup,” Toby Keith). The ladies also perform career hits including Evans’ “Born To Fly” and “Stronger”; and McBride’s “Teenage Daughters” and “Independence Day.”

April 25 – Little Big Town
Grammy Award winners and three-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town bring out long-time songwriting collaborators and friends, Hillary Lindsey (“Jesus Take The Wheel,” Carrie Underwood), Natalie Hemby (“Downtown,” Lady Antebellum), Liz Rose (“Teardrops On My Guitar,” Taylor Swift), and Lori McKenna. The recent Grand Ole Opry inductees perform some of their best-loved hits including “Boondocks” and “Tornado” as well as songs from their latest album Pain Killer.

The new season of “Front and Center” will begin feeding to Public Television as follows:
Hunter Hayes — as of Saturday
Bob DiPiero featuring Brandy Clark — as of April 11
Sara Evans and Martina McBride — as of April 18
Little Big Town — as of April 25

For more information on the “Front and Center” music series please visit frontandcenter.com and check out the YouTube page at youtube.com/frontandcentertv.

Top Country Tweets of the Week March 23rd-29th #GirlCrush

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  1. @blakeshelton ·  “@RobSchneider: Me and Blake Shelton on the set of “The Ridiculous Six.” ” I will arrest your ass..
  1. @BradPaisley ·  Helpful tip- when you stretch out the word “love”in a tweet,don’t stretch the “e” like “I loveeeeee this…” Stretch the o. Like “Looooove.”
  1. @bretteldredge · Walmart is such a magical place for ultimate weirdness….

kacey tweet

  1. @KaceyMusgraves ·  “What is…different mullet?” Of course no one got it. #jeopardy

miranda tweet

  1. @mirandalambert ·  I got a song crush! Love yall @littlebigtown #girlcrush #PlayGirlCrush @blakeshelton

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  1. @austinlwebb · TBT , 5th grade rock star. Also yes those are pleather pants! #tbt #palmettomiddle

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  1. @reba · Tipping my hat to my friends littlebigtown for their single #girlcrush! https://instagram.com/p/0wE7foIRaP/

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  1. @OldDominion · Hey @littlebigtown – how do we look? #girlcrush #bandcrush

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  1. @brothersosborne Promoting “the great song agenda”. Thank you @littlebigtown for putting out consistently great music. #girlcrush

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  1. @carrieunderwood · The Predators are in the playoffs! Just waiting to get called up! #PutMeInCoach https://instagram.com/p/00Z_sBrqn2/

Little Big Town Perform “Girl Crush” on ‘The Tonight Show’

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On Tuesday night, Little Big Town brought their controversial new single, “Girl Crush” to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Check out their performance and then see why people are needlessly causing drama over “Girl Crush here.

Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” Isn’t About Lesbians… Duh

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Apparently country radio stations are being forced to pull Little Big Town‘s latest single “Girl Crush” from the airwaves due to a rush of angry listeners misinterpreting the song as gay propaganda. Um…cool your jets all you closed-minded folks who are rushing to the wrong conclusion…(but even if it were about a girl digging on another girl, change the station, don’t go all nuts clogging up the station lines.) According to The Washington Post, the groups latest single has been a top seller on iTunes but is having trouble breaking the top 30 because people can’t seem to get passed certain lyrics and actually hear the song and what it’s actually saying.

The song is actually a jealous ex-girlfriend’s unique perspective…wishing she were the new girlfriend…wishing she could be with her old flame vicariously through the new girlfriend…Wondering what it is about this new woman that makes her better…

‘I want to taste her lips, yeah cause they taste like you / I want to drown myself in a bottle of her perfume.  I want her long blond hair, I want her magic touch / Yeah cause maybe then, you’d want me just as much. . . I got a girl crush.’

The thing is…if you read the lyrics above… it’s obvious that the woman is singing about wishing she could be this woman just so she could have her man back. If anything, people should be irritated that a woman can get this worked up over a man…not concentrating on the creative use of words to paint a picture.

“It’s a genius lyric, such a beautifully written song about jealousy,” says Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild said in an interview with The Washington Post. “It was like, ‘Why would we not cut this?’”

Though label executives had some reservations about releasing it as a single, “They all agreed it was a moment on the record that everybody needed to hear,” Fairchild said. “Sure, there was a little bit of dialogue about the title and ‘Would people listen to the lyrics?’ But it didn’t stop us.”

What’s even more shocking is that country radio and the angry moms who call the stations saying they don’t want their kids hearing a song about what they think is about girls loving girls have no problem with songs portraying women as eye candy or a piece of meat used for sexual gratification of men. Apparently it’s okay for your daughters to be hood ornaments for pick-up trucks and not find another woman attractive.

“That’s just shocking to me, the close-mindedness of that, when that’s just not what the song was about,” Fairchild said, “But what if it were? It’s just a greater issue of listening to a song for what it is.”

“It’s about a girl saying, you know, ‘Why do you love her and not me?’”

So, I challenge all of you country fans who are willing to actually hear the message the song is ACTUALLY saying to put on your big girl panties and call your radio stations and request Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush”… because this is just silly. This song is a million times better than the cut-off jean wearin’, dixie cup drinkin, truck bed dancin’ in the moonlight crap that’s getting all the air play.

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