CMT introduced Wednesday that it has acquired unique broadcast rights for “Skyville Live,” an all-star live performance collection bringing collectively artists from the rock and pop worlds in addition to the nation and America which can be the cable channel’s bread-and-butter.
The Viacom community will premiere the collection with the Jan. 19 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. Second up on the agenda Feb. 17 will likely be “Midnight Train to Georgia: Gladys Knight & Guests,” with the R&B-pop legend bringing in Martina McBride and Estelle.
Among the hour-long specials developing down the pike as a part of the collection is a salute to Gregg Allman, together with the late frontman of the Allman Brothers Band himself. Allman died in May 2017, so that may be a little bit of a tipoff to the classic of the exhibits, which started airing in 2015 as a digital-only collection. Episodes beforehand aired solely on Verizon’s Go90 and the Skyville Live web site as one-time-only livestream shows. CMT is enhancing these longer webcasts right down to an hour every and repackaging them for their tv debuts, in partnership with Believe Entertainment Group.
“Live music is the guts and soul of CMT and we’re so excited to carry this live performance collection to tv,” mentioned Margaret Comeaux, VP of manufacturing, music & occasions for CMT. “From Kris Kristofferson, Graham Nash and the late Gregg Allman to Gladys Knight, Emmylou Harris and Cyndi Lauper, Skyville Live showcases a number of the best names in music, making it a wonderful addition to CMT expansive reside music library.”
Beyond the Kristofferson, Knight and Allman salutes, “Skyville Live” specials earmarked for later in 2021 embody exhibits that includes Cyndi Lauper, Graham Nash, Emmylou Harris and a salute to Jerry Lee Lewis.
The exhibits have been all captured in a personal club-type warehouse setting in Nashville with an intimate viewers of about 250, and have been the brainchild of Skyville Music co-owner Wally Wilson, who began the all-star jams earlier than cameras have been in place and sought to carry the chummy exhibits to a large viewers.
“Skyville Live” bears no less than fleeting resemblance to CMT’s flagship music collection, “CMT Crossroads,” which has nation stars joined by their contemporaries from different genres. But “Skyville Line” does not have the identical genre-crossing excessive idea — the lineups are solely partly anchored by nation artists, and a number of the specials have stars joined by unlikely friends from disparate different genres whereas others, just like the Kristofferson salute, skew nearer to an honoree’s core format.
In 2016, the webcasts caught the eye of business blogger Bob Lefsetz, who lamented the shortage of wider distribution for the digital collection — “No one’s ever heard of it” — and heralded tChris Stapleton’s model of “Whipping Post” on the Allman particular. Lefsetz enthused, “This is healthier than any Grammy efficiency, higher than nearly all the Kennedy Center Honors. You get the sensation you are at a rehearsal of people that didn’t get the memo, who didn’t hear that each one the cash is in banking and tech, who assume pushing limits based mostly on their skills is every little thing in life. Screw these Grammy moments, fake greatness that leaves us with the blahs. Rather on “Skyville Live” it is all about specializing in enjoying versus picture, in spite of everything music is one thing you HEAR before everything. It’s about an awesome tune, with nice musicians locking on to it, all in service to the track.”