Legends & Lyrics --a new dynamic Public Television show spotlighting famous Artist/Songwriters alongside the not as well-known professional song poets behind the hit tunes, starts airing weekly this spring (in the months of April and May-check local listings).
Most people can identify the singers of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" (Charlie Daniels) or "Footloose" (Kenny Loggins). However, the average person may struggle to name the songwriter responsible for Helen Reddy's smash "Delta Dawn" (Alex Harvey) or the figure behind Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill", No Doubt's "Return of Saturn" and the Dave Matthews Band's "Everyday" (Glen Ballard), or the woman responsible for penning hits by Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me" and Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Diane Warren).
In Legends & Lyrics, the established hit-makers and celebrated, yet lesser publicly known song-poets, come together on one stage to perform their best-loved songs. Over the course of their storied careers, these gifted composers, representing alternative, blues, country, pop, Americana, folk, rock and blended musical genres, quietly created the great songs that have driven the music industry worldwide.
(Kris Kristofferson, Patty Griffin, Randy Owen-Season One-Legends & Lyrics)
In each episode of this innovative and entertaining series, award-winning recording artists, (including Kris Kristofferson, Kenny Loggins, Charlie Daniels, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, John Hiatt, 3 Doors Down, Kip Winger and others) play in an "In the Round" setting sharing their most memorable songs and the inspiration behind them. Up-and-coming recording artists and budding song-poets are featured in a "Rising Star" segment. Viewers will hear The Laws, Stephanie Chapman, Corinne Chapman, Jonathan Singleton, Nathan Lee, Mike Musick, Will Hoge and more.
Legends & Lyrics blends these live performances from intimate performance halls (season one was shot on location in Shreveport, Louisiana at the Scottish Rite Theatre, and Nashville, Tennessee at the historic Masonic Lodge) with interviews from each artist, all filmed in stunning 1080 high definition and surround sound.
Also woven through each episode are revealing one-on-one conversations with legendary artists (such as Garth Brooks, Loretta Lynn, Ray Stevens, Steve Cropper, Cowboy Jack Clement and others) who have left an indelible mark on the music industry.
Each show also features a "Did You Know?" segment retelling the ancient origins and interesting facts about today's commercial music. Every episode concludes with the "Tips of the Week" designed to pass along professional advice to aspiring artists/songwriters.
For more information visit legendsandlyrics.com