BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Demetria Kalodimos ’81, owner of Genuine Human Productions, a media company located in Brentwood, Tennessee, is producing and directing the music
and conversation show Barnegie Hall. The show will run weekly on PBS from June through September 2019 — leading up to a
Ken Burns country music documentary — and will feature Kalodimos’ husband and veteran
songwriter Verlon Thompson along with a wide range of guests.
“Our performances are like a house concert, writers’ night and guitar pull, rolled
into one rare and comfortable experience. Listen like a fly on the wall … with no
one blocking your view,” the Genuine Human website says of the show.
The "Barnegie Hall" location is a rustic barn setting that sets the tone for a casual
and comfortable conversation and performance meantto be enjoyed by people of all ages. On the show, Thompson welcomes some of the world’s best musicians to tell the stories
behind their songwriting, discuss the process of making music and perform their work.
Kalodimos, the show’s director and the founder of Genuine Human Productions, has enjoyed
a successful career in the media and entertainment industry. She has been a news anchor
and television reporter for over 30 years, having won 16 regional Emmys, two National
Headliners and three Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards. She founded Genuine
Human Productions in 2000. She explains that the company’s name comes from its work
of “writing, directing and shooting and editing true stories about real people … genuine
Kalodimos’ husband has also been successful in the entertainment industry. Thompson
has spent 35 years as a professional songwriter. He is most known for being the “trusted
sidekick” of American songwriter Guy Clark. He has had compositions recorded by Jimmy
Buffett and Alan Jackson, Anne Murray, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Rogers, Randy
Travis, Del McCoury, Dierks Bentley, Sam Bush, Trisha Yearwood and many more. He can
be heard playing the guitar in recordings by Restless Heart, Pam Tillis, Guy Clark
and several others. Thompson co-produced Guy Clark’s Grammy-nominated Cold Dog Soup. He has played at Bloomington’s Coffee Hound and on the Illinois Wesleyan campus
with former president Eric Jensen.
“It’s been a joy to collaborate on a project together and to use some of the musical
sensibilities I sharpened in my many years at Wesleyan,” Kalodimos said.
The first season of the show will feature country classic and crossover hits. “We
want to expand to include the writers of other genres as well if we secure underwriting
for a second season,” Kalomidos said.