Each year, the museum invites a noted artist or musician to give a series of performances in the Ford Theater. This artist or musician has a strong connection to country music or has a sense of country music's contribution in general to American culture. Annual. Learn more about Artist in Residence.
No events for May 22nd, 2013.
On January 10 1956, two months after leaving tiny Sun Records for RCA and two days after turning 21, Elvis Presley retired to a Nashville studio for his first sessions on the new label. The first song he cut was a cover of Ray Charles' "I Got a Woman," the second was "Heartbreak Hotel." The latter song, and Presley's follow-up hits, had such a commercially devastating impact on country music that for a time Nashville's famed 16th Avenue seemed to be the loneliest street in America.