Country Icon Clint Black Joined by John Rich for CMA Songwriter Series

Country Music icon Clint Black will be joined by special guest and fellow top tunesmith John Rich to film an exclusive performance for CMA Songwriters Series presented by U.S. Bank as part of an ongoing partnership between the Country Music Association and American Public Television's "Front and Center." The taping will take place Tuesday, Sept. 5 at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, TN. Doors are at 6:00 PM/CT with the show beginning promptly at 7:00 PM/CT. Tickets are available for purchase via the Franklin Theatre website.

Throughout his career, Black has amassed 57 charted singles, 31 Top 10 hits, 22 No. 1 smashes, and has sold more than 22 million albums worldwide. With multitudes of awards under his belt, including trophies from CMA and The Recording Academy, the mega-star most recently released On Purpose, his first full-length album of new songs in a decade.

Known for his talent as both a performer and songwriter, Rich has written more than 1,300 songs in his lifetime, penning hits including Jason Aldean's "Hicktown," Taylor Swift's "The Way I Loved You," and many more. He's a three-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, 16-time CMA Award nominee, five-time Grammy nominee, and has penned 13 Top 10 hits. In addition to his music career, Rich has achieved success as a TV personality and entrepreneur.

Through the CMA Songwriters Series and "Front and Center" collaboration, an array of special episodes have been produced featuring the likes of Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Jennifer Nettles, and dozens of top songwriters. Each episode features insider stories and explores the passion and motivation that have helped to create some of Country Music's biggest hits.

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About CMA: Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association is the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. In 1961, CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize artists and industry professionals with Country Music's highest honor. More than 7,800 music industry professionals and companies from around the globe are members of CMA. The organization's objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA's core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; CMA Music Festival, which benefits music education and is taped for a three-hour network TV special; and "CMA Country Christmas," featuring Country artists performing original music and Christmas classics for broadcast during the holiday season.

Front and Center Entertainment, LLC produces the popular music performance television series "Front and Center" as well as the groundbreaking talk show "Speakeasy" and the monthly series "MTV Live: Setlist." Since 2012 "Front and Center" has presented an eclectic mix of Grammy, Country Music Association, and American Music Award winners, rock icons and multi-platinum sellers including Keith Urban, Steven Tyler, Cyndi Lauper, Counting Crows, Rob Thomas, and The Avett Brothers. "Speakeasy," which began airing in January 2015, features an iconic talent chatting intimately with an interviewer of their choice. Included are conversations with Roger Waters and Bill Weir, David Crosby and Wynton Marsalis, Nile Rodgers and Valerie Simpson, and Robbie Robertson with Warren Zanes. "MTV Live: Setlist" spotlights rising artists spanning multiple genres including St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Dua Lipa, and Muna.

About U.S. Bancorp: Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (USB), with $464 billion in assets as of June 30, 2017, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. The Company operates 3,088 banking offices in 25 states and 4,826 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at

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