NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 3, 2022) – Award-winning Circle Network announced today that it is adding two new original series to its programming, “Bill Cody Presents” and “Circle Presents: Country Sessions,” both set to premiere in February. These new series will bring country fans a front row seat to intimate conversations and performances from their favorite country stars like Garth Brooks, Ray Benson, Lee Brice, Maddie & Tae and more.
“Bill Cody Presents” will feature eight hour-long episodes with artists hand-selected by award-nominated radio voice, Grand Ole Opry announcer and host of Circle TV program Coffee, Country & Cody, Bill Cody. Each episode will feature sit-down conversations with legendary artists like Marty Stuart, Pam Tillis and Garth Brooks, who is set as the special guest for the premiere episode, airing on Wednesday, February 9 at 8/7c from Allentown Studios where Brooks recorded all of his albums.
“We’re so excited to partner with country radio legend Bill Cody to bring some of his favorite classic country artists into people’s homes on Circle TV.” Evan Haiman, SVP of Content at Circle Network, said. “Our very own ‘Country Sessions’ is also an exciting opportunity to show off some amazing performances and allow fans to get to know their favorite artists even better.”
“I grew up with people who were bigger than life characters and extraordinary storytellers,” Bill Cody said. “ In this series I have the chance to take my time talking openly and honestly to my longtime friends in their most familiar settings. It’s Nashville’s greatest and most accomplished musical storytellers sharing their very personal journeys to stardom.”
Circle Network will also debut season one of “Circle Presents: Country Sessions,” a series featuring the stories behind your favorite songs from country music’s biggest artists, writers and producers. Artist Lee Brice will kick off season one on Thursday, February 17 at 9/8c as he reveals the stories behind his smash hits “I Drive Your Truck” and “Hard To Love.” “Circle Presents: Country Sessions” will include 10 30-minute episodes airing weekly, and will feature additional artists including Maddie & Tae, Josh Turner, The Gatlin Brothers, and more.
“Circle Presents: Country Sessions” was filmed on location at Belmont University’s Gallery of Iconic Guitars (the GIG) and Ocean Way Nashville Studios, on its campus in Nashville, Tennessee.
“Circle Sessions” is produced by Tupelo Honey and Oswald Entertainment Group.
“Bill Cody Presents” is produced by OEG Productions with Martin Fischer as executive producer and Bill Filipiak as producer.
Season one programming of “Bill Cody Presents” includes:
February 9, 2022 8/7c – Garth Brooks
Cody and Garth Brooks sit down in the famed Allentown Studios. The studio is full of history including being the place Garth recorded all of his albums.
February 16, 2022 8/7c – Kathy Mattea
Cody and Kathy Mattea take a trip down memory lane (and Music Row) including the publishing company Kathy called home (literally).
February 23, 2022 8/7c – Ray Benson
Cody and Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson look back at the band’s 50-year history including a stop at the studio where they recorded their first album.
March 2, 2022 8/7c – Marty Stuart
What better place to revisit Marty’s history than his tour bus? A place he’s called his home away from home since he was a little kid. Cody visits with Marty to talk about his storied career.
March 9, 2022 8/7c – Pam Tillis
Cody and Pam Tillis visit the Exit Inn and the Villager Tavern to talk about life as Mel Tillis’ daughter and making her own mark on the music industry.
March 16, 2022 8/7c – Ronnie Milsap/Brenda Lee
Join Bill Cody backstage at the Grand Ole Opry House as he sits down with the iconic Brenda Lee & Opry legend Ronnie Milsap to talk about their careers and memories of the Opry stage.
“Circle Presents: Country Sessions” programming will include:
February 17, 2022 9/8c – Lee Brice
Award-winning singer/songwriter Lee Brice combines gospel intensity, rock power, R&B cool and country conversationalism to create a vocal style all his own. Lee has several #1 hits and platinum singles to his name and in this episode, he will perform his 3x platinum single ‘Hard to Love’ and his CMA & ACM award-winning smash hit ‘I Drive Your Truck.’ Also featuring exclusive interviews with award-winning songwriters Connie Harrington, Jessi Alexander, Jimmy Yeary and many more.
February 24, 2022 9/8c – Trace Adkins
Multi-platinum country star Trace Adkins has been a force of nature since his booming baritone voice and commanding stage presence arrived on the music scene in the 1990’s. The Louisiana native performs his chart-topping platinum single ‘Ladies Love Country Boys’ and his ACM award-winning single ‘You’re Gonna Miss This’ and shares some personal stories behind these iconic hit songs. Also featuring exclusive interviews with Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Rivers Rutherford, legendary songwriter Ashley Gorley and many more.
March 3, 2022 9/8c – Deana Carter
Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Deana Carter discusses her breakthrough debut album ‘Did I Shave My Legs for This?’ which made her a household name. The Nashville native performs her #1 hit ‘We Danced Anyway’ as well as her CMA Award-winning smash hit ‘Strawberry Wine’ which many consider to be the signature song of her illustrious career. Also featuring exclusive interviews with award-winning songwriter Gary Harrison, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Matraca Berg and many more.
March 10, 2022 9/8c – Lee Greenwood
Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Lee Greenwood shares some of the stories behind his legendary hit songs. With a career spanning over five decades, this California native has several #1 hits and dozens of charted singles in his illustrious career. Lee performs some of his iconic hit songs, including ‘I.O.U’ and CMA Award-winning single ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’
March 17, 2022 9/8c – Maddie & Tae
Platinum singer/songwriters (and best friends) Madison Font and Taylor Kerr are the country music duo known as Maddie & Tae. This award-winning pair burst onto the music scene as teenagers with their smash hit ‘Girl in a Country Song’ and have continued their evolution as artists with their platinum single, ‘Die From a Broken Heart.’ Maddie & Tae perform both hit songs as well as share the stories behind these hits.
March 24, 2022 – The Gatlin Brothers
Grammy award-winning trio The Gatlin Brothers share stories behind some of their biggest hits and their signature sound. Country Music Hall of Fame singer/songwriter Larry Gatlin provides insight into some of the hit songs he wrote including their chart-topping hit ‘Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You)’ and their iconic hit and 1979 ACM Single of the Year, ‘All the Gold in California.’ This award-winning trio performs both hit songs at the legendary Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios.
March 31, 2022 9/8c – Josh Turner
Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Josh Turner’s deep, baritone, velvet voice has been heard singing chart-topping country singles for over two decades. In this episode, Josh shares the stories behind some of his biggest hit songs. Among the songs this award-winning South Carolina native discusses and performs is the platinum smash hit he both wrote and recorded Long Black Train.
April 7, 2022 9/8c – Tracy Lawrence
Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Tracy Lawrence exploded onto the country music scene in the 90’s winning the ACM Award for New Male Artist of the Year. Since his debut, Tracy has recorded several platinum albums and dozens of top 10 hits. He talks about and performs two of his biggest chart-topping hits, ‘Time Marches On’ along with his ACM and CMA award-winning single ‘Find Out Who Your Friends Are.’ Also featuring exclusive interviews with National Songwriters Hall of Famer Bobby Braddock, Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Casey Beathard and many others.
April 14, 2022 9/8c – Brandy Clark
CMA award-winning singer/songwriter Brandy Clark has written songs for some of the biggest names in country music (Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, Kacey Musgraves and many others). Known for the powerfully honest transparency in her songwriting and her performances, Brandy talks about the stories behind some of her biggest hits. Among the hits Brandy performs is ACM award-winning single ‘Mama’s Broken Heart.’ Also featuring exclusive interviews with Grammy award-winning producer Jay Joyce, ACM Award-winning producer Frank Liddell and many others.
April 21, 2022 9/8c – The Best Of
This episode will revisit some of the best moments and biggest songs from Country Sessions’ inaugural season. Featuring interviews with legendary award-winning artists, songwriters and producers along with exclusive performances of iconic hit songs from Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios.
Circle is a joint venture between Opry Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Properties, and Gray Television. For more schedule and program details, visit https://www.circleallaccess.com.
ABOUT CIRCLE: Circle is a media network dedicated to celebrating the country lifestyle and putting fans inside the circle of everything country. Circle offers entertainment news, documentaries, movies, archival, new and licensed programming, Grand Ole Opry performances, and more. The network recently announced ad-supported streaming distribution partnerships with Peacock, Redbox, Roku, Inc., Samsung TV Plus, VIZIO SmartCast®, XUMO, and STIRR, bringing its country lifestyle programming to millions more through TVs, smartphones and tablets. Named Pollstar’s #1 Livestreamer across all genres for 2020, Digiday’s 2021 “Best Streaming TV Platform,” Circle is a joint venture between Opry Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Properties, and Gray Television.
ABOUT BILL CODY: Bill Cody’s nationally & internationally known voice has been heard over the air waves for 48 years. A 2008 inductee into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame. Bill is in his 25th year as morning show host of WSM’s “Coffee, Country & Cody” and is a Grand Ole Opry announcer/host. He has multiple nominations for CMA, ACM & Billboard awards. Bill’s radio syndication, television, voice over & movie credits include: “American Saturday Night: Live from the Grand Ole Opry”, GAC TV’s “Master Series” & the network’s specials, “Tennessee’s Wildside” on PBS, Ray Stevens’ Nashville (RFD), The Nashville Network (TNN), Bill Cody’s Classic Country Weekend, Nashville Record Review, Country’s Most Wanted, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Music City Walk of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, Willie’s Roadhouse on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, United Airlines In-Flight country programming also heard aboard Air Force 1 & 2.
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