The national TV series Songs at the Center presents Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Tony Arata, in concert with Eric Gnezda and Keith Larsen. They will be joined by special guest Parker MacDonell.
Tony is best known for writing one of the most inspiring—and top-selling—country songs of all time, "The Dance,” recorded by Garth Brooks.
Garth Brooks, himself, says, “One of my favorite songwriters has to be Tony Arata. He’s a cat who doesn’t care about appearances. He doesn’t care about money. He cares about his children, his wife, and his music. That’s neat.”
Garth has recorded seven of Tony’s songs, and Tony also wrote No. 1 records for Patty Loveless, Lee Roy Parnell, and Clay Walker. Other artists who have recorded Tony’s songs include Reba McEntire, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Emmylou Harris, and Delbert McClinton. http://tonyarata.com
Eric is the creator and host of the American Public Television series, Songs at the Center, produced in Columbus and seen coast-to-coast on 320 stations, and airing locally on WOSU TV on Saturday nights at 11, as the lead-in to Austin City Limits.
A regular performer at Nashville’s famous venue for songwriters, The Bluebird Café, Eric was awarded the Ohioana Citation for Music Composition, joining Michael Feinstein (American Songbook), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), and Chip Davis (Mannheim Steamroller). His latest single, “Separation,” was named a top song of 2018 by Phil Maq of WHFR, Detroit. http://gnezda.com http://songsatthecenter.tv
Keith’s song, “Hold On,” won the People’s Choice Award in the Nashville Songwriters Association International/Country Music Television songwriting competition. He is a two-time selection to Songwriter Serenade, and recently headlined a solo concert at the prestigious Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio, in Texas. He also appeared in the premiere season of Songs at the Center.
Drawing from his years as a firefighter, Keith merges straightforward vocals with image-driven lyrics that resonate with honesty. https://www.keithlarsenmusic.com
Parker MacDonell is a veteran of the LA club scene and college student unions across the US. He has shared the stage with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Mary Travers and Christine Lavin. He’s a pioneer in the Columbus music scene, including a founder of Six String Concerts. His CD releases are Home to the Heart, and Looking for You. https://www.facebook.com/parker.macdonell.1