Tony Arata, Eric Gnezda, Keith Larsen
Presented by Songs at the Center
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Natalie’s is proud to partner with the national TV series Songs at the Center to welcome three songwriters from the show — Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Tony Arata, along with Eric Gnezda and Keith Larsen, who will perform “in the round.” They will be joined by special guest Parker MacDonell.
Tony is best known for writing one of the most inspiring—and top-selling—country songs of all time, “The Dance,” recorded by Garth Brooks. Garth Brooks, himself, says, “One of my favorite songwriters has to be Tony Arata. He’s a cat who doesn’t care about appearances. He doesn’t care about money. He cares about his children, his wife, and his music. That’s neat.” Garth has recorded seven of Tony’s songs, and Tony also wrote No. 1 records for Patty Loveless, Lee Roy Parnell, and Clay Walker. Other artists who have recorded Tony’s songs include Reba McEntire, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Emmylou Harris, and Delbert McClinton.
Keith’s song, “Hold On,” won the People’s Choice Award in the Nashville Songwriters Association International/Country Music Television songwriting competition. He is a two-time selection to Songwriter Serenade, finishing as a finalist and semi-finalist. He recently headlined a solo concert at the prestigious Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio, in Texas. He also appears in the current season of Songs at the Center.
Eric is the creator and host of Songs at the Center, produced in Columbus and seen coast-to-coast on 377 stations, and airing locally on WOSU TV. A regular performer at The Bluebird Café in Nashville, Eric was awarded the Ohioana Citation for Music Composition, joining Michael Feinstein (American Songbook), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), and Chip Davis (Mannheim Steamroller). His latest single, “North of 50,” was recorded with The Carpenter Ants.
Parker is a veteran of the LA club scene and college student unions across the US. He has shared the stage with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Mary Travers and Christine Lavin. He’s a pioneer in the Columbus music scene, including a founder of Six String Concerts. His CD releases are Home to the Heart, and Looking for You.
Date: Sunday, August 8, 2021
Time: 8:00 pm
Seating Starts: 7:30 pm