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The Songwriters

Host Ken Paulson introduces viewers to the Hall of Fame songwriters behind some of the world's favorite songs. Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Gladys Knight, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw - all have recorded iconic songs from the pens of the legendary writers profiled this season. Recorded on and around Music Row in Nashville, each 30-minute episode traces the career arc of a spotlighted songwriter and treats the audience to original, acoustic renderings of hit songs from the creators themselves, including "The Thunder Rolls," "(Sittin' on the) Dock of the Bay," "I Fought the Law (And the Law Won)," "In The Ghetto," "Midnight Train To Georgia" and many more.

The Songwriters  
  • Byron Hill
    Thursday, April 15
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Ken Paulson interviews songwriter Byron Hill, who among other stories describes how his father prepared him to become a songwriter long before he moved to Nashville. Hill is the writer of "Fool Hearted Memory" by George Strait and "Born Country" by Alabama. A North Carolina native, Hill was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.
  • Wayne Kirkpatrick
    Saturday, April 17
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Ken Paulson interviews songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, who among other stories reminisces about having a song recorded by Rock legend Eric Clapton for the John Travolta film Phenomenon. Kirkpatrick is the writer of "Boondocks" by Little Big Town, "Every Heartbeat" by Amy Grant and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical Something Rotten!. A Louisiana native, Kirkpatrick was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.
  • Wayne Kirkpatrick
    Thursday, April 22
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Ken Paulson interviews songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, who among other stories reminisces about having a song recorded by Rock legend Eric Clapton for the John Travolta film Phenomenon. Kirkpatrick is the writer of "Boondocks" by Little Big Town, "Every Heartbeat" by Amy Grant and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical Something Rotten!. A Louisiana native, Kirkpatrick was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.
  • Craig Wiseman
    Saturday, April 24
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Ken Paulson interviews songwriter Craig Wiseman, who among other stories reminisces how his first recording came from Rock legend Roy Orbison. Wiseman is the writer of "Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim McGraw and "Boys 'Round Here" by Blake Shelton. An Alabama native raised in Mississippi native, Wiseman was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015.
  • Craig Wiseman
    Thursday, April 29
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Ken Paulson interviews songwriter Craig Wiseman, who among other stories reminisces how his first recording came from Rock legend Roy Orbison. Wiseman is the writer of "Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim McGraw and "Boys 'Round Here" by Blake Shelton. An Alabama native raised in Mississippi native, Wiseman was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015.

 

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  • Byron Hill
    Saturday, April 10
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Ken Paulson interviews songwriter Byron Hill, who among other stories describes how his father prepared him to become a songwriter long before he moved to Nashville. Hill is the writer of "Fool Hearted Memory" by George Strait and "Born Country" by Alabama. A North Carolina native, Hill was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.
  • Tony Arata
    Thursday, April 8
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Ken Paulson interviews songwriter Tony Arata, who among other stories explains how a song that was turned down by everyone else became a career-maker for Garth Brooks. Arata is the writer of "The Dance" by Garth Brooks and "Here I Am" by Patty Loveless. A Georgia native, Arata was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.
  • Tony Arata
    Saturday, April 3
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Ken Paulson interviews songwriter Tony Arata, who among other stories explains how a song that was turned down by everyone else became a career-maker for Garth Brooks. Arata is the writer of "The Dance" by Garth Brooks and "Here I Am" by Patty Loveless. A Georgia native, Arata was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.
  • Matraca Berg
    Thursday, April 1
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Ken Paulson interviews singer-songwriter Matraca Berg, who among other stories relates how her CMA Song of the Year owes its success to a company picnic. Berg is the writer of "Strawberry Wine" by Deana Carter and "You and Tequila" by Kenny Chesney & Grace Potter. A Tennessee native, Berg was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008.
  • Matraca Berg
    Saturday, March 27
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Ken Paulson interviews singer-songwriter Matraca Berg, who among other stories relates how her CMA Song of the Year owes its success to a company picnic. Berg is the writer of "Strawberry Wine" by Deana Carter and "You and Tequila" by Kenny Chesney & Grace Potter. A Tennessee native, Berg was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008.
  • Randy Goodrum
    Thursday, March 25
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Ken Paulson interviews songwriter/musician Randy Goodrum, who among other stories recounts how he and former Journey frontman Steve Perry began, but almost didn't finish, writing "Foolish Heart." Goodrum is the writer of "You Needed Me" by Anne Murray and "Oh, Sherrie" by Steve Perry. An Arkansas native whose career spans Nashville, New York and Los Angeles, Goodrum was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York in 2000.
  • Randy Goodrum
    Saturday, March 20
    10:31 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Ken Paulson interviews songwriter/musician Randy Goodrum, who among other stories recounts how he and former Journey frontman Steve Perry began, but almost didn't finish, writing "Foolish Heart." Goodrum is the writer of "You Needed Me" by Anne Murray and "Oh, Sherrie" by Steve Perry. An Arkansas native whose career spans Nashville, New York and Los Angeles, Goodrum was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York in 2000.
  • Aaron Barker
    Thursday, March 18
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Ken Paulson interviews singer-songwriter Aaron Barker, who among other stories explains how help from a small-town pharmacist led to his first major recording by George Strait. Barker is the writer of "Baby Blue" and "Love Without End, Amen" by George Strait, as well as the commercial voice of Blue Bell Ice Cream. A Texas native, Barker was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2016 and the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007.
  • Aaron Barker
    Saturday, March 13
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Ken Paulson interviews singer-songwriter Aaron Barker, who among other stories explains how help from a small-town pharmacist led to his first major recording by George Strait. Barker is the writer of "Baby Blue" and "Love Without End, Amen" by George Strait, as well as the commercial voice of Blue Bell Ice Cream. A Texas native, Barker was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2016 and the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007.
  • Mark D. Sanders
    Thursday, March 11
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Ken Paulson interviews songwriter Mark D. Sanders, who among other stories recalls his early day job driving a tourist bus and how that led to meeting Vince Gill at the Grand Ole Opry. Sanders is the writer of "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack and "Blue Clear Sky" by George Strait. A California native, Sanders was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.
  • Mark D. Sanders
    Saturday, March 6
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Ken Paulson interviews songwriter Mark D. Sanders, who among other stories recalls his early day job driving a tourist bus and how that led to meeting Vince Gill at the Grand Ole Opry. Sanders is the writer of "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack and "Blue Clear Sky" by George Strait. A California native, Sanders was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.
  • Bobby Braddock
    Thursday, March 4
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Ken Paulson interviews songwriter Bobby Braddock, who among other stories confirms that George Jones did not initially want to record what many now consider the greatest country song of all time. Braddock is the writer of "He Stopped Loving Her Today" by George Jones and "People Are Crazy" by Billy Currington. A Florida native, Braddock was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1981, the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York in 2015.