The critically acclaimed conversation series Speakeasywill return for a fourth season in select cities beginning January 7on public television and on public television’s WORLD channel at 7:00 pm on Sunday, January 13, check local listings for additional times. The six episodes will feature an all new group of iconic artists, Grammy Award winners, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, and beloved musicians engaging in intimate conversations between friends. Each episode gives fans an inside look into some never before told stories from some of the world’s most prolific performers including Sting, Shaggy, Joe Elliott, Lenny Kravitz, members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Michael McDonald, and Billy Gibbons. Full episodes will also be available at www.speakeasytalks.com.
“In our fourth season of Speakeasy we are really defining what sets this series apart,” said Don Maggi, Executive Producer. “Sting and Shaggy let loose like they couldn’t do on any other tour interview…Joe Elliott wanting to share his stories after he interviewed Ian Hunter in season two… it’s as much fun for the artists to participate in our format as it is for our viewers to sit in on that conversation.”
Season four kicks off with Grammy Award winners Stingand Shaggyin a lively and hilarious conversation that covers the making of their Grammy nominated album 44/876, their Jamaican connection, James Bond, Miles Davis, laundry, and more. Def Leppard front man and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s newest inductee Joe Elliottcandidly discusses the band’s early days and their legacy with Rolling Stone editor David Fricke.
Multiple Grammy Award-winning musician Lenny Kravitzsits down for a revealing conversation with singer and songwriter Sean Lennonthat illuminates their long standing friendship, Kravitz’ career from choir boy to rock star, and the influence that their parents have had on their lives. Southern rock icons Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant and Rickey Medlocke of Lynyrd Skynyrd open up like no past interview they’ve done, including the story behind their return after a decade-long hiatusto writer Rob Tannenbaum.
“We had a blast doing Speakeasy,” shares Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist and original member Gary Rossington. “We’ve been reminiscing a lot on our farewell tour this year and it was so cool to sit down with fans in such a small theater and share some of those memories with them. And Rob Tannenbaum did a great job with the interview; we could have talked all afternoon! Look forward to everyone seeing the episode next year.”
Grammy Award winning front man of Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers Michael McDonaldis joined by his longtime producer Russ Titelman to talk early influences and more and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Billy Gibbonsis joined by WFUV radio personality Eric Holland.
Front and Center Entertainment, LLC produces the popular music performance television series “Front and Center,” as well as the groundbreaking talk show “Speakeasy,” the monthly series “MTV Live: Setlist” and various programs on ABC Radio. Since 2012, “Front and Center” has presented an eclectic mix of Grammy, Country Music Association, American Music and Academy of Country Music Award winners, rock icons and multi-platinum sellers. “Speakeasy,” which began airing in January 2015, features iconic talent chatting intimately with an interviewer of their choice. Front and Center Entertainment also partners with ABC Radio to produce a series of country and rock music programming based on “Front and Center” and “Speakeasy.”
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