September 04 2020
January 16 2017
“The Songwriters” – a weekly television show spotlighting Hall of Fame songwriters -- will premiere Saturday, Jan. 28, on Nashville Public Television WNPT2. “The Songwriters” will air three times weekly – Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. (statewide), and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. (Nashville only) and 4:30 p.m. (statewide), all Central Time. The show will be available on Comcast Digital Cable channel 241, Charter Digital Cable channel 176, and over-the-air on channel 8.2.
August 08 2013
Tony Arata was born in Savannah, Georgia and grew up on nearby Tybee Island. While studying for a journalism degree from Georgia Southern University, he began performing his original songs in local bands. In 1986, he and wife Jaymi moved to Nashville where his unique, soulful style began to get the attention of people like Allen Reynolds and Garth Brooks.
March 08 2013
Pat Alger started writing songs and performing at Atlanta folk clubs. Moving to Woodstock, N.Y. in the '70s, he made three albums with the Woodstock Mountain Revue for Rounder Records and a duet album with guitarist Artie Traum. Pat had his first hit with Folk-Pop artist Livingston Taylor ("First Time Love") in 1980, then decided to move to Nashville.
January 09 2013
Kris Kristofferson's talents are as far-reaching as his impact on the musical landscape. Among his classic songs that have influenced generations of artists and music lovers are "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," and "Sunday Morning Coming Down."
April 25 2012
Thom Schuyler's songwriting credits include “I Don’t Know Where To Start” (Eddie Rabbitt), “Years After You” (John Conlee) and “Love Out Loud” (Earl Thomas Conley). His “Point of Light” (Randy Travis) was the theme song for President George H.W. Bush’s volunteerism campaign. “ 16th Avenue ” (Lacy J. Dalton) is the unofficial anthem of Music Row’s songwriting community.
May 02 2011
Loretta shares how she got started in the business, the secret to a long career, her advice for songwriters and what she thinks of country music today.
February 02 2010
Hugh Prestwood has written hits for artists such as: crystal Gayle, Trisha Yearwood, Jimmy Buffet, Michael Johnson and Randy Travis. Inducted into the hall of Fame in 2006, the award winning songwriter won an Emmy and a NSAI Song of The Year honor for "The Song remembers When" (Trisha Yearwood) in 1993, and BMI's 1990 Country Song of the Year for "Bottom Of Your Heart" (Randy Travis). Hugh Prestwood shares details of his experience as a hit songwriter, and offers advice for aspiring songwriters.
September 29 2009
Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame Member, Sonny Curtis shares how he got started, the history behind two of his songs, and gives his advice to upcoming songwriters, including his personal experience on what not to do when opening a show for someone else.