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SONGS AT THE CENTER

Saturday, May 28th

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Hosted by singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda, from the Woodward Opera House in Mt Vernon, OH (Pronunciations: Matraca=Mah-TRACE-ah; Womack= WOE-mack; Gnezda=NEZZ-duh). MATRACA BERG - Matraca Berg was the youngest person ever inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. She is a three-time Grammy nominee. Her song, "Strawberry Wine," shot to No. 1 for Deana Carter, when it also earned Berg one of her three Grammy nominations. She has had more than 50 of her songs recorded by such artists as Reba McEntire, Randy Travis, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Linda Ronstadt, Tanya Tucker, Keith Urban, Emmylou Harris, Kim Carnes, Ray Price and Loretta Lynn. MARSHALL CHAPMAN - Marshall Chapman is a songwriter, author and actor whose songs have been recorded by such diverse artists as Conway Twitty, Joe Cocker, Wynonna, and Jimmy Buffett. Her song, "Betty's Bein' Bad," was a No. 1 hit for Sawyer Brown. She is also the author of two books. She co-wrote the songs for the stage musical Good Ol' Girls. She appeared in the motion picture, Made in Heaven, and on the soundtrack of the movie, The Thing Called Love. She has recorded with Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton and Neil Young. TOMMY WOMACK - Tommy Womack has written songs for Jimmy Buffett, the late David Olney, and others. He is the author of two books, an account of his time with the band, Government Cheese, titled Cheese Chronicles: The True Story of a Rock Band You've Never Heard Of, and the Lavender Boys and Elsie. ABOUT THE VENUE - The Woodward Opera House in Mt. Vernon, OH, was built in 1851. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the venue is one of America's oldest authentic 19th Century theaters in operation.

Saturday, June 18th

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Hosted by singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda, from the Midland Theatre in Newark, OH (Pronunciations: Krist=rhymes with "wrist"; Fratianne= Frat-ee-ANN; Gnezda=NEZZ-duh). CARLY FRATIANNE - Carly Fratianne of the band, Souther, left home at 18 for the haze of Los Angeles, in search of the life she'd spent her childhood dreaming about. After several storied years and with the marks to prove it, she returned to Ohio empty-handed, but thoroughly inspired. With polished chops and something to prove, she began to write. The product was a five-song self-produced EP titled Is for Lovers. JAN KRIST- Jan Krist, originally from Detroit and now of Ft. Wayne, IN, was a New Folk Finalist at the Kerville Music Festival for her songs titled "Someone" and "Daisies in a Bow.l" She is a founding member of the Yellow Room Gang (YRG), a songwriting collective centered in South-East Michigan, and a four-time Detroit Music Award winner. Her 1993 recording, Decapitated Society, was selected by Billboard as that year's best album in a gospel genre. TIMOTHY PAUL - Timothy Paul performs all over the United States, opening up shows for some of the biggest names in the music business, including Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Wayne, Andy Griggs, Brian White, Ty Herndon, Confederate Railroad, and many others. His music has showcased on many radio, television, and online platforms. Timothy's talent comes honest, as his uncle, renowned songwriter Earl "Bud" Lee, penned #1 hits such as "Friends In Low Places" by Garth Brooks, "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking" by Blake Shelton, and "One Night At A Time" by George Strait. As an independent artist, Timothy released his fifth album, Bring Love Back. It is currently available on many major online music platforms. ABOUT THE VENUE - The Midland Theatre was built in 1928, recently restored in its home of Newark, Ohio, the County Seat of Licking County.

Saturday, June 25th

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Hosted by singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda, from The Midland Theatre, Newark, OH (Pronunciations: Thomm=Tom; Jutz=YUTES; Gnezda=NEZZ-duh). Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, Thomm Jutz - Grammy nominees Eric Brace, Peter Cooper & Thomm Jutz are celebrating the release of their latest album Riverland. Together, Eric, Peter, and Thomm weave stories, songs, harmonies and guitar playing into something very special. The lyrics are as thoughtful as those of their heroes, a list that includes John Prine, John Hartford, Kris Kristofferson, Tom T. Hall, Paul Simon and Townes Van Zandt. Eric and Peter have recorded and toured together for a decade. Eric began his musical career in Washington DC, where he wrote for the Washington Post and led the roots-rock band Last Train Home. He now keeps busy running Red Beet Records and making music. Peter spent 14 years writing for the Nashville Tennessean and is now the senior director, producer, and writer for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Thomm grew up in Germany, He has worked with Grammy-winning folk singer Nanci Griffith, Americana star Mary Gauthier, and the late David Olney, and his songs have been recorded by Nanci Griffith, John Prine, and Kim Richey. ABOUT THE VENUE - The Midland Theatre was built in 1928, recently restored in its home of Newark, Ohio, the County Seat of Licking County.

Saturday, July 2nd

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Hosted by singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda, from The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington (OH) (Pronunciations: Earle=Earl; MojoFlo= Moe-joe-FLOW; Barrie=Barry; Knicole=Ni-COAL, Kolhoff=COAL-hoff; Gnezda=NEZZ-duh). EMILY EARLE - Emily Earle, a graduate of Berklee College of Music, comes by her talent honestly, as she's the niece of Steve Earle. Her songs are a mix of heartfelt lyrics and contagious melodies - falling somewhere between early Miranda Lambert, classic Sheryl Crow, and unmistakable Linda Ronstadt. Influenced by the distinctive places she grew up, Emily combines Texas grit with Colorado cool. Emily's new music gives fans the honesty they've grown to love as well as a fresh edge. Emily co-wrote all six songs on her new EP and had Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley, Sarah Buxton, Steve Earle and Audley Freed lend their talents on the album. Emily is currently focused on promoting her new music, set to be released this spring. Her song "News From Colorado," written with Steve Earle and Allison Moorer, is on the new Steve Earle album. MOJOFLO (AMBER KNICOLE, GEORGE BARRIE & WALTER KOLHOFF) - Amber Knicole, George Barrie & Walter Cavanaugh Kolhoff, of the Neo funk group MojoFlo, are known for their captivating stage performance as their infectious rhythms and catchy lyrics. They were named "Best Band" (2016) by both Columbus (OH) Monthly and (614) Magazine for their dynamic live shows featuring Amber's vivacious vocals. MojoFlo has shared the stage with Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Joan Jett, KC and the Sunshine Band and the Dynamites featuring Charlie Walker. ALFA - A Warner Music Philippines artist, Alfa was born in the Philippine countryside and raised on the East Coast as a classical musician, approaches her pop songs from a unique source, blending dynamic melodies with a sweet but textured voice and an array of instruments - guitar, ukulele, violin, piano, and the occasional kazoo. She draws lyrics from her life's rotating themes, from love to restlessness, to settling down, to self-reliance. Music Connection has called her "an artist who has a spectrum of colors in her palette, a songwriter with a knack for tickling a mainstream ear." Some notable venues played include the NAMM Main Stage, LA's Troubadour, Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in NYC, and The Bluebird in Nashville. ABOUT THE VENUE - Transformed from a retired high school built in 1915 into a thoroughly modern arts center and performance space, The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington is the home theater of Songs at the Center.

Saturday, July 9th

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Hosted by singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda, from The Woodward Opera House, Mt. Vernon, OH (Pronunciations: D'Andrea=Dee-ANN-dree-ah; Bevan=BEV-ann; Gnezda=NEZZ-duh). DOC ROBINSON - Doc Robinson, inhabited by the duo of Jonathan Elliott and Nick D'Andrea, grew out of an informal songwriting session between the two artists. The two quickly realized they had a natural writing chemistry, and in the course of a month had written a hatful of songs. They teamed up with producer Mike Landolt, who has worked with artists ranging from Maroon 5 and Spin Doctors to OAR. Eventually, they recorded their first full-length album, Deep End, from which several of the songs found homes on television shows. They tour nationally, including with the Americana sensation, CAAMP, with whom they have also recorded. ALEX BEVAN - Alex Bevan is an Ohio songwriting legend, having worked with, among others, Hall & Oates, the Doobie Brothers, Pure Prairie League, Jimmy Buffett, and Billy Joel. He has also collaborated on a children's album, a musical fairytale with an environmental message titled, Who Killed the Dragon? This was followed by two award-winning critically acclaimed works: Magic Moments from the Children's Nature Schoolhouse, and All the Rivers Run. Alex earned an Emmy Award for the song, Rustbelt Blues, the final segment of NBC's American Promise documentary series. THE CARPENTER ANTS - The Carpenter Ants create and perform what they call "chicken-fried gospel soul," consisting of a full plate of feel-good harmonies and a solid groove. Together for 25 years, the "Ants" are a West Virginia institution, and have played throughout the South Atlantic region. They have two tours to Moscow to their credit and joined the Rev. Jesse Jackson for a 10-city tour. The Woodward Opera House in Mt. Vernon, OH, was built in 1851. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the venue is one of America's oldest authentic 19th Century theaters in operation.

Saturday, July 16th

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Hosted by singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda, from Don Schlitz's home office in Tennessee. (Pronunciation: Gnezda=NEZZ-duh). Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee Don Schlitz invites us into his home office to share the story of writing the iconic Kenny Rogers song, "The Gambler," and 23 other Number One country hits. All in all, Don wrote some 50 Billboard Top Ten hits. He is a two-time Grammy Winner, a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, and named ASCAP Songwriter of the year four consecutive times

Saturday, July 23rd

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Hosted by singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda, from the Woodward Opera House in Mt Vernon, OH (Pronunciations: Matraca=Mah-TRACE-ah; Womack= WOE-mack; Gnezda=NEZZ-duh). MATRACA BERG - Matraca Berg was the youngest person ever inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. She is a three-time Grammy nominee. Her song, "Strawberry Wine," shot to No. 1 for Deana Carter, when it also earned Berg one of her three Grammy nominations. She has had more than 50 of her songs recorded by such artists as Reba McEntire, Randy Travis, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Linda Ronstadt, Tanya Tucker, Keith Urban, Emmylou Harris, Kim Carnes, Ray Price and Loretta Lynn. MARSHALL CHAPMAN - Marshall Chapman is a songwriter, author and actor whose songs have been recorded by such diverse artists as Conway Twitty, Joe Cocker, Wynonna, and Jimmy Buffett. Her song, "Betty's Bein' Bad," was a No. 1 hit for Sawyer Brown. She is also the author of two books. She co-wrote the songs for the stage musical Good Ol' Girls. She appeared in the motion picture, Made in Heaven, and on the soundtrack of the movie, The Thing Called Love. She has recorded with Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton and Neil Young. TOMMY WOMACK - Tommy Womack has written songs for Jimmy Buffett, the late David Olney, and others. He is the author of two books, an account of his time with the band, Government Cheese, titled Cheese Chronicles: The True Story of a Rock Band You've Never Heard Of, and the Lavender Boys and Elsie. ABOUT THE VENUE - The Woodward Opera House in Mt. Vernon, OH, was built in 1851. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the venue is one of America's oldest authentic 19th Century theaters in operation.