Join us at our next live tapings!

Saturday, December 8

Seating 5:30, taping 6-10 pm

Grandview Heights High School Auditorium

1587 West Third Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212

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Sunday, January 6, 2019, Details TBA soon!

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Songs at the Center is proud to welcome another lineup of top-level songwriters to our National TV Stage. 

We are particularly honored in this taping to be working with the Grandview Heights High School (Columbus, Ohio) Theater and Music Departments to provide real-world experience for students, as a crew of them will be working on our production team and receiving national TV credits.

As always, our tapings are free and open to the public, with no ticket required. YOUR participation is a key part of the success of our series, having been broadcast to more than 265 public TV stations from coast-to-coast in our first four seasons.

Bring friends, and feel free to come and go as you please. (Please dress for TV, tastefully, with no logos or message apparel.)

Free parking will be provided at the school and on surrounding streets. Please enter through the Main Entrance on West Third Avenue, and you will be directed to the auditorium. Due to some audience members being taped as part of the show, all of our guests will be required to sign a publicity waiver. (If under 18, a parent/guardian signature is required.)


6 pm ROUND…

Erin Enderlin:

Arkansas native Erin Enderlin joins us not long after her latest appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.

She is the writer behind the award-winning songs “Monday Morning Church” by Alan Jackson, “Last Call” by Lee Ann Womack, and the critically acclaimed song, “You Don’t Know Jack,” recorded by Luke Bryan. She’s also written a host of songs for Randy Travis, Terri Clark, Joey + Rory, Tyler Farr, and others.

As an artist, Erin has earned praise from Billboard, and American Songwriter, which has led to shows with Willie Nelson, Marty Stuart, Kip Moore, and Terri Clark.

Craig Heath:

Craig Heath is a four-time Ohio Music Awards winner. Writing across genres for nearly 20 years, he has headlined shows in 25 states, and performed at Nashville’s famous venue for songwriters, The Bluebird Café. He is a multi-instrumentalist who writes for piano, guitar, mountain dulcimer, and banjo. He was raised in West Virginia and his music reflects those roots. He is adept at storytelling and placing listeners in those mountain towns as though they knew the characters themselves. Craig is also the founder of the Appalachian Listening Room, in Logan, OH, a preferred venue for touring songwriters.

Nikki D Brown

(NIKKI D & GLORIA BROWN, of Nikki D & the Browns):
“If Jimi Hendrix played Sacred Steel, he’d sound and act like Nikki D.” (Guitar World)

Nikki D will be appearing with her sister, Gloria, a bandmate in Nikki D & the Browns. Just coming off a tour of Australia, Nikki D and Gloria will join us for Nikki D’s world-acclaimed Sacred Steel. Sacred Steel is a musical style and African-American gospel tradition of using lap steel and pedal steel guitars in church. It originally developed in a group of related Pentecostal churches in the 1930s. Robert Randolph is probably one of the most famous of the Sacred Steel players. Nikki D is also carrying the flag, in her own wild, and totally unique way.


8 pm ROUND…

Sugarcane Jane:

Sugarcane Jane, the Alabama Gulf Coast-based husband and wife duo, has amassed an extremely loyal following. Anthony and Savana Lee Crawford purvey what they proudly call “Organic Music at its Finest.”

Both virtuosos in their own right, Savana Lee deftly dances between ukelele bass and snare drum, while multi-instrumentalist Anthony Crawford is known as a sideman to the stars. Over the last 25 years, he has performed with Neil Young, Sonny James, Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Rosanne Cash, and Rodney Crowell, and has written/co-written songs recorded by Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Kenny Rogers, Pegi Young, Lee Greenwood, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Yet, even with his history of working with heavyweights, Anthony feels Sugarcane Jane is his life’s calling.

Andrew Adkins:

Drawing his musical inspiration from the rolling hills of West Virginia, where he was born and raised, Andrew yields a passion that is synonymous with his surroundings and the characters that fill his songs. “It’s one thing to be a writer, it’s another to have to write,” according to Andrew. After listening to his most current solo project, “The Long Way to Leaving,” one begins to understand that sentiment. Spending the last seven years leading the successful Appalachian Stompgrass band, The Wild Rumpus, Andrew is now venturing out on his own wild solo adventure.

“Andrew Adkins knows how to tell a story and give it a melody to stick with you. His onstage presence is the perfect mix of humor and humility, putting his audience at ease and drawing them into a songscape that originates in the mountains of West Virginia and stretches to include the emotions and experiences that people of every corner of the country can relate to.” (Amanda Ann Platt, The Honeycutters)

Ronnie “Diamond” Hoard:

From lead singer and guitarist in the Grammy Award winning funk band, The Ohio Players…to a charismatic pastor singing and writing Gospel music…That’s the dynamic path that the life of Ronnie “Diamond” Hoard has taken. “All my life I was in church,” Ronnie says. And all his life he—and his family—have played music. As a child, Ronnie’s mother, in fact, was recruited by Mahalia Jackson to go on the road, only to have the offer overruled by her father, who felt she was too young.

Ronnie has played drums and sung background for The Alabama Blind Boys, performed with the Grammy-winning Gospel group, Mighty Clouds of Joy, and released his solo Gospel album, “It is Written,” which was nominated for a Stellar Award. As pastor of Ephphatha Outreach Ministries, he continues to fulfill a steady stream of music dates—from large performance halls, to small clubs. “If I can’t sing it in the church, I shouldn’t sing it in a club,” he says.

Eric Gnezda:

Host and Series Creator Eric Gnezda is a regular performer at Nashville’s Bluebird Café. He was the recipient of the Ohioana Citation for Music Composition, joining Michael Feinstein (American Songbook), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), and Chip Davis (Mannheim Steamroller). Nominated for an Emmy award as a TV journalist, Eric is currently working on a memoir. His latest single release is “Separation.”