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CMT secures broadcast rights for All-Star musical series ‘Skyville Live’

CMT on Wednesday announced that it has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights to “Skyville Live,” a star-studded concert series bringing together artists from the rock and pop worlds as well as the country and America who are the bread and butter of the channel. wired.

The Viacom Network will present the series on January 19 with the broadcast of “Skyville Live: Kris Kristofferson & Friends,” which has the venerable singer-actor joined by Jason Isbell, Brandy Clark, Lady A and Raul Malo of the Mavericks. The second on the February 17th agenda will be “Midnight Train to Georgia: Gladys Knight & Guests”, starring R & B-pop legend starring Martina McBride and Estelle.

Among the upcoming hour-long specials on the pike as part of the series is a tribute to Gregg Allman, including the late frontman of the Allman Brothers Band himself. Allman passed away in May 2017, which is somewhat of an indication of the vintage of the shows, which began airing in 2015 as a digital-only series. Episodes were previously only shown on Verizon’s Go90 and the Skyville Live website as one-off live presentations. CMT is editing these longer webcasts at one hour each and repackaging them for their television debut, in partnership with Believe Entertainment Group.

“Live music is the heart and soul of CMT and we are delighted to bring this concert series to television,” said Margaret Comeaux, vice president of production, music and events for CMT. From Kris Kristofferson, Graham Nash and the late Gregg Allman to Gladys Knight, Emmylou Harris and Cyndi Lauper, ‘Skyville Live’ features some of the biggest names in music, making it a great addition to the vast library of live music at CMT. “

Beyond greetings from Kristofferson, Knight and Allman, “Skyville Live” specials slated for later in 2021 include shows featuring Cyndi Lauper, Graham Nash, Emmylou Harris and a tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis.

The shows were all captured in a private club-type warehouse in Nashville with an intimate audience of around 250, and were imagined by Skyville Music co-owner Wally Wilson, who started the celebrity jams before the cameras hit the camera. are in place and sought after. to bring buddy shows to a large audience.

“Skyville Live” bears at least a fleeting resemblance to CMT’s flagship musical series, “CMT Crossroads,” which joined country stars through contemporaries from other genres. But “Skyville Line” doesn’t have the same high concept of crossing genres – the line-ups are only partially anchored by country artists, and some of the specials have stars joined by unlikely guests from other disparate genres while others, like Kristofferson’s Salute, approximate the basic format of an award winner.

In 2016, the webcasts caught the attention of industry blogger Bob Lefsetz, who lamented the lack of wider distribution of the digital series – “No one has ever heard of it” – and announced the version of “Whipping Post” by tChris Stapleton on the Allman special. Lefsetz was enthusiastic: “It’s better than any Grammy performance, better than almost any Kennedy Center Honors. You feel like you’re seeing a rehearsal of people who didn’t get the memo, who didn’t hear that all the money is in banking and technology, who think pushing the boundaries based on their talents are everything in life. Screw those Grammy moments, the false greatness that leaves us with the blas. Rather on “Skyville Live” it’s about focusing on the game rather than the picture, after all music is something you HEAR first and foremost. This is a great track, with great musicians hanging on to it, all in the service of the song. “