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McCrary Sisters Return for Second Annual Easter Brunch at Museum Sunday, April 16, 2017

March 13, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn., – March 13, 2017 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will host its Second Annual Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 16, 2017. The McCrary Sisters will return to headline a morning of soulful music and scrumptious food. Family-style dining will be offered in two seatings, 9 a.m. and noon, in the museum’s Event Hall. Daughters of longtime Fairfield Four tenor Rev. Sam McCrary, the McCrary Sisters—Alfreda, Ann, Deborah and Regina—bring unique energy and varied experiences from the worlds of pop, rock, R&B and gospel music. Diners will enjoy a performance by the McCrary Sisters with…

New Exhibit American Currents (The Music of 2016) to Open at the Museum

February 23, 2017

Exhibit to Feature Artifacts from Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert, William Michael Morgan, Maren Morris, Dolly Parton, Margo Price, Chris and Morgane Stapleton and More NASHVILLE, Tenn., February 23, 2017 – On March 17, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will debut a new exhibition, American Currents (The Music of 2016), in the museum’s ACM Gallery. The exhibit chronicles the latest chapter in country music’s ever-evolving story through a behind-the-scenes look at some of last year’s most significant moments in country, Americana, and bluegrass music. The big stories of the…

Museum Introduces Weekly Series Musician Spotlight

February 23, 2017

Series Includes Performances by Eddie Bayers, Stuart Duncan, Steve Gibson, Charlie McCoy, Joe Robinson, Wanda Vick, and Others NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 23, 2017—The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum announces a new weekly series, Musician Spotlight, beginning March 5, 2017. Every Sunday at 1:00 p.m., accomplished recording and touring musicians will perform country and bluegrass standards, original music, and influential songs of their careers in the Country Music Hall of Fame Rotunda. In addition to the musical performances, the musicians will discuss their instruments, share stories, and explain their playing techniques. Guests are encouraged to ask questions and interact…

Songwriter Mike Reid to Be Featured in Poets and Prophets Series at the Museum

February 22, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 22, 2017—The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will feature Grammy-winning songwriter Mike Reid in the latest installment of the museum’s special series Poets and Prophets on Saturday, March 4, at 2:00 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater. Hosted by Museum Editor Michael Gray, Reid’s in-depth interview will include stories of his career as an All-Pro football player as well as tales behind many of his hit songs. The discussion will be illustrated with vintage photos, film footage, and recordings. In addition to the interview, Reid will offer a short performance. Following a football career with…

Legendary Musician Jim Horn to Be Featured in Nashville Cats Series at the Museum

February 06, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 6, 2017—The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will feature world-renowned saxophone and woodwinds session player Jim Horn in the latest installment of the museum’s special series Nashville Cats on Saturday, February 25, at 2:00 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater. Hosted by versatile musician Bill Lloyd, Horn’s in-depth interview will include stories of touring with Duane Eddy, recording in George Harrison’s bathroom, giving saxophone lessons to Garth Brooks and more. The discussion will be illustrated with vintage photos, film footage and recordings, and Horn will offer a short performance. Jim Horn began his career while…

Museum to Host Writers’ Round: The Songs of Brad Paisley Saturday, Feb. 18

February 02, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn., January 30, 2017 – Hit songwriters Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley, Kelley Lovelace and Lee Thomas Miller will be part of a special program, Writers’ Round: The Songs of Brad Paisley, at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2:00 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater. Paisley has remained loyal to this quartet of writers throughout his career. They, in turn, have helped him achieve a consistent sound and a distinct, authentic voice. As longtime friends and collaborators with Paisley, the writers will share personal stories and offer insights into some of Paisley’s biggest…

Traci Thomas to be Honored at the Museum’s Tenth Annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum

January 25, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn., January 25, 2017 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will honor Traci Thomas in the tenth annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater. Like Louise Scruggs, artist manager and Americana Music Association co-founder Traci Thomas has forged a career by elevating tradition-rich roots music-makers to popular acclaim. During the program, Thomas will speak about the ways that ingenuity and belief can help honest music triumph over marketplace norms.  As a manager with Thirty Tigers entertainment company, Thomas helped Jason Isbell in his rise from…

Grammy-Winning Producer Dave Cobb to Be Featured in Music Masters Series at Museum

January 23, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Jan. 19, 2017 – Academy of Country Music Producer of the Year Dave Cobb will be featured in the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s special series Music Masters on Saturday, January 28, at 2:00 p. m. in the museum’s Ford Theater. Museum Senior Director, Producer, and Writer Peter Cooper will conduct an in-depth interview illustrated with photos, film footage. Georgia-reared Cobb has invigorated contemporary country and Americana music with his production of acclaimed albums including Chris Stapleton’s Traveller, Jason Isbell’s Southeastern and Something More Than Free, Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, and the multi-artist concept collection Southern Family. The…

Museum Announces 2017 Exhibitions

January 13, 2017

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM ANNOUNCES 2017 EXHIBITIONS Schedule Will Feature Jason Aldean, Loretta Lynn, Shania Twain, and Country Music Couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw New Exhibit American Currents (The Music of 2016) Will Look Back at the Year in Music NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jan. 13, 2017 – For the first time in its 50-year history, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has announced its complete slate of exhibitions for the upcoming year. Revealed this week via the museum’s social media channels, the 2017 schedule includes exhibits on Jason Aldean, Loretta Lynn, Shania Twain, and…

Museum Welcomes All to Ford Community Day

December 14, 2016

MADE POSSIBLE BY FORD MOTOR COMPANY FUND Free Museum Admission on Sunday, December 18, 2016 Danielle Bradbery, Drake White and Trent Harmon headline a day of activity that includes Songwriter Sessions with J. T. Harding and Bob DiPiero, a fiddle demonstration with Tammy Rogers King, Hatch Show Print demonstrations and more NASHVILLE, Tenn., – December 14, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is pleased to partner with Ford Motor Company Fund for the eighth Ford Community Day. Museum admission will be FREE from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, as a way to…

Museum to Expand Major Exhibition Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats

December 12, 2016

THROUGH DECEMBER 2017 NASHVILLE, Tenn., December 12, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s critically acclaimed exhibition Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, originally scheduled to close December 31, 2016, has been extended through December 31, 2017.  Museum CEO Kyle Young said Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats has been one of the most popular exhibits in the museum’s history. “This is a testament not only to the enduring legacies of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, but also to the technical prowess and creative genius of the Nashville Cats,” he said. “Celebrating unsung…

Crystal Gayle to Kick Off Deck the Hall Friday, Nov. 25, at the Museum

November 17, 2016

Festivities Will Include Tree Lighting and Performance by Gayle NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Nov. 17, 2016 – Crystal Gayle, who was invited Tuesday night to join the Grand Ole Opry in January 2017, will kick off Deck the Hall—a full schedule of holiday activities—at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Friday, Nov. 25. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with a performance by the Grammy-award winning artist that will include hits as well as some holiday classics. She will then light a thirty-foot Christmas tree in the museum’s Mike Curb Conservatory. Following the performance and tree lighting, Gayle will…

Charlie Daniels, Fred Foster and Randy Travis Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

October 17, 2016

TRACE ADKINS, GARTH BROOKS, BRANDY CLARK, ALAN JACKSON, JAMEY JOHNSON, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, CHARLIE McCOY, BRAD PAISLEY, DOLLY PARTON, TRISHA YEARWOOD, AND ANDREA ZONN AMONG ALL-STAR CAST PAYING MUSICAL TRIBUTES TO INDUCTEES Three visionary iconoclasts, whose creative skills altered the direction of commercial country music, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during a star-studded, profoundly emotional Medallion Ceremony on October 16, 2016. Country rock pioneer Charlie Daniels; music producer, publisher and Monument Records founder Fred Foster; and neo-traditional singer Randy Travis were feted with heartfelt testimonials, tearful speeches and memorable performances of songs they helped make famous. The…

Alabama to Participate in Special Interview Nov. 5 at the Museum

October 04, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Oct. 4, 2016 – Country Music Hall of Fame members Alabama will sit for an in-depth interview at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov.5, in the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s CMA Theater. Cousins Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen make up one of the most successful groups in country music history. Band members will talk with museum editor Michael Gray about their journey. The interview will be illustrated with vintage photos, film clips, and recordings The program is presented in support of the museum’s exhibition Alabama: Song of the South and is included with museum admission…

Museum to Present Songwriter Paul Overstreet in Poets and Prophets Series

October 04, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Sept. 29, 2016 – Grammy award-winning songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Paul Overstreet will be honored in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s songwriter series Poets and Prophets on Saturday, October 8, at 1:30 p.m. An in-depth interview hosted by museum editor Michael Gray will be illustrated with rare vintage photos, film footage and recordings from Overstreet’s career. Overstreet also will perform a few of his compositions. Raised in Mississippi, Overstreet moved to Nashville in 1973 and had his first hit in 1982 with George Jones’ “Same Ole Me,” which climbed to…

Press Release: Artists Provide One-of-a-Kind Experience at All for the Hall LA

September 28, 2016

VINCE GILL, KACEY MUSGRAVES, CHRIS STAPLETON, JAMES TAYLOR AND JOE WALSH PROVIDE  ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCE FOR  SOLD-OUT AUDIENCE AT ALL FOR THE HALL LOS ANGELES FOR THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum fundraiser features performance by sixth-grade students from Los Angeles’ Dorris Place Elementary School to highlight the Museum’s Words & Music educational program. LOS ANGELES, September 28, 2016—The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hosted its ninth All for the Hall benefit concert on the road on September 27 at The Novo by Microsoft® theater. An all-star lineup, extending across…

Review: All for the Hall Los Angeles 2016

September 28, 2016

Artists Provide a One-of-a-Kind Experience for Sold-Out Audience at All for the Hall Los Angeleswith VINCE GILL, KACEY MUSGRAVES, CHRIS STAPLETON, JAMES TAYLOR AND JOE WALSH  Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum fundraiser includes a new song written and performed by sixth-grade students from Los Angeles’ Dorris Place Elementary School, with help from songwriters Liz Rose and Phil Barton, to highlight the Museum’s Words & Music educational program. LOS ANGELES, September 28, 2016—An all-star lineup, extending across genres and generations, drew repeated standing ovations from a standing-room-only crowd at The Novo by Microsoft® theater during a transcendent All for…

Country Music Superstar Brad Paisley to be Featured in a Special Exhibit at Museum

September 20, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Tuesday, September 20, 2016–Celebrated three-time Grammy winner Brad Paisley will be the subject of a career-spanning exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Opening November 18 and running through May 14, 2017, the exhibit will detail Paisley’s rise from a child who first performed at age 13 on the renowned WWVA’s Jamboree USA to one of America’s finest artists, songwriters and guitarists.   The former CMA Entertainer of the Year is one of the most awarded artists of his generation, with fourteen CMA awards and fourteen ACM awards. Paisley has hosted the annual CMA Awards…

Museum to host 2016 Inductee Charlie Daniels for Interview and Performance Oct. 29, 2016

September 19, 2016

Special Program Presented in Support of New Exhibit Charlie Daniels: Million Mile Reflections Opening This Friday   NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Sept. 19, 2016 – The new exhibition Charlie Daniels: Million Mile Reflections will open Friday, Sept. 23, at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. The museum will celebrate the opening of the new exhibit with a special program featuring the 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. Hosted by museum editor Michael McCall, Daniels will discuss his career and perform a few songs. A dynamic personality, a rousing performer, and a musical…

The Museum and Americana Music Association Partner for Upcoming Festival

September 08, 2016

Museum Highlights Include a Conversation with Dwight Yoakam, an Interview with Margo Price by NPR’s Ann Powers, a Performance and Interview with Bob Weir and Much More NASHVILLE, Tenn., September 8, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum and the Americana Music Association will partner once again to offer one-of-a-kind programs during the 17th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, September 20-25. “The mission of the Americana Music Association is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world,” said museum CEO Kyle Young. “Part of our own mission is to interpret this ever-changing art…

Museum Celebrates the Holidays with Deck the Hall

September 01, 2016

MUSEUM WILL HOST SPECIAL HOLIDAY CONCERT WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14: “A WYNONNA & THE BIG NOISE CHRISTMAS” DECK THE HALL FESTIVITIES KICK OFF FRIDAY, NOV. 25, WITH TREE LIGHTING NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Sept. 1, 2016 – The holiday season is just around the corner, which means it is time, once again, to Deck the Hall at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. In December the museum will be packed with seasonal activities that blend music, art, education and even Santa Claus, offering fun for the entire family. Festivities kick off Friday, Nov. 25, when a special guest lights the…

Museum and CMA to Host FREE Concert, Forever Country Live Presented by Southwest Airlines, Sept. 25

August 26, 2016

Featuring The Time Jumpers and Charlie Worsham With Special Guest Patty Loveless Joining The Time Jumpers Forever Country Live Presented by Southwest Airlines Kicks Off Country Music Month (October) and Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the CMA Awards and the Museum NASHVILLE, Tenn., – August 26, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum and the Country Music Association (CMA) will partner to host Forever Country Live presented by Southwest Airlines®, a FREE concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of both the museum’s opening and the CMA Awards. The community event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25,…

Museum to Host Kix Brooks for First-Ever Cookbook Signing Sept. 3

August 22, 2016

COOKIN’ IT WITH KIX: THE ART OF CELEBRATING AND THE FUN OF OUTDOOR COOKING Hits Stores on Aug. 30 NASHVILLE, Tenn., August 9, 2016 – Country music superstar Kix Brooks— one-half of the best-selling duo in country music history, Brooks & Dunn, with over 30 million albums sold, 23 chart-topping hits and 80 major industry awards—will visit the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 3:00 p.m., to sign his first cookbook, Cookin’ It With Kix: The Art of Celebrating and the Fun of Outdoor Cooking, available in stores on August 30th. Cookin’ It with…

Songwriter Session: Rodney Clawson

August 20, 2016

August 20, 2016 Rodney Clawson wrote “American Kids” and “Til It’s Gone” (Kenny Chesney); “Burnin’ It Down” and “Crazy Town” (Jason Aldean); “Crash My Party” and “Drunk on You” (Luke Bryan); “Dirt” and “Get Your Shine On” (Florida Georgia Line); “Drink on It” and “Sure Be Cool if you Did” (Blake Shelton); “One of Those Nights” and “Southern Girl” (Tim McGraw); and songs recorded by Frankie Ballard, Big & Rich, Lady Antebellum, Montgomery Gentry, and George Strait. ​

Poets and Prophets: Salute To Songwriter Shane McAnally

August 13, 2016

August 13, 2016 ​Shane McAnally has written chart-topping songs for Kenny Chesney (“Somewhere with You,” “Come Over”), Jake Owen (“Alone with You”), the Band Perry (“Better Dig Two”), and Sam Hunt (“Leave the Night On,” “Take Your Time”). Texas native McAnally moved to Nashville at age nineteen to pursue a career as a recording artist, but the singer became discouraged when his 2000 debut album sold poorly. After a stint in Hollywood, McAnally returned to Nashville in 2007, this time establishing himself as a songwriter and producer. He wrote Lee Ann Womack’s “Last Call,” Luke Bryan’s “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” Miranda…

Kacey Musgraves & Joe Walsh Join Star-Studded Lineup at All for the Hall Los Anegles

August 08, 2016

Concert Also Stars Vince Gill, Chris Stapleton And James Taylor NASHVILLE, Tenn., August 8, 2016— Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves and Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Joe Walsh have been added to the lineup for the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s All for the Hall Los Angeles benefit concert. On Tuesday, Sept. 27, at The Novo by Microsoft, Musgraves and Walsh will join Grammy winner Chris Stapleton, fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member James Taylor and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill in an intimate, guitar-pull format performance. Concert tickets for balcony seating…

Museum to Present Songwriter and Producer Shane McAnally in Poets and Prophets Series

August 02, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn., – July 28, 2016 –Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Shane McAnally will share his stories and songs in the next installment of the acclaimed songwriter series Poets and Prophets at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Saturday, August 13 at 1:30 p.m. Hosted by museum editor Michael Gray, the interview will be illustrated with vintage photos, film footage, and recordings from McAnally’s career, as well as a performance. After pursuing a recording career in Nashville and Los Angeles, Texas native McAnally emerged on the Nashville songwriting scene in 2008, as a writer of Lee Ann Womack’s “Last…

Alabama: Song of the South Opens at Museum August 25

August 01, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 21, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will explore the lives and careers of award-winning country music group Alabama in Alabama: Song of the South. The exhibition, which opens Aug. 25, 2016, and runs through June 12, 2017, will detail the group’s journey to success through childhood mementos, musical instruments, tour memorabilia, awards, photographs, and more. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Museum will publish an exhibit companion book, which will be available for purchase in the Museum Store starting August 25, 2016. Exhibition highlights include: Jeff Cook’s first electric guitar, a 1960s…

Fiddle Demonstration: Buddy Spicher

July 31, 2016

July 31, 2016 Buddy Spicher performed or recorded with nearly every country star of the 1960s and 1970s, including Country Music Hall of Fame members Patsy Cline, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Roger Miller, Bill Monroe, Ray Price, Charley Pride, Marty Robbins, Hank Snow, the Statler Brothers, Hank Thompson, Kitty Wells, and Bob Wills. He also worked with non-country recording artists Joan Baez, Dan Fogelberg, Henry Mancini, Steve Miller, the Monkees, Elvis Presley, and Linda Ronstadt. He continued to record regularly into the 1980s, tracking hits with John Anderson, David Allan Coe, Merle Haggard, George Strait, and Hank Williams…

Nashville Cats: Salute To Richard Bennett

July 30, 2016

July 30, 2016 From his early days as a young session guitarist in Los Angeles under the tutelage of Wrecking Crew mainstay Al Casey to his current role as the "other" guitarist in Mark Knopfler's band, Richard Bennett has built a career that has swung wide through pop, rock, and country music history. He spent most of the 1970s and ’80s playing guitar for Neil Diamond before moving to Nashville and becoming a first-call session guitarist for Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris. His guitar work can also be heard on albums by the Bellamy Brothers, Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, George…

Charlie Daniels to be Featured in Exhibition at Museum

July 27, 2016

Charlie Daniels: Million Mile Reflections Opens Sept. 23, 2016 NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 27, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will examine the life and career of 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Daniels in the exhibition Charlie Daniels: Million Mile Reflections, opening Sept. 23, 2016, and running through March 2017. Featuring musical instruments, stage wear, manuscripts, awards, childhood mementos and previously unpublished photographs from Daniels’ personal collection, the exhibit will describe his significant impact on American entertainment and explore the new musical style and image he brought to country music. “I can’t even articulate how…

Museum Publishes Souvenir Book for Historic RCA Studio B

July 26, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 26, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has just released Historic RCA Studio B: Home of 1,000 Hits, the official souvenir book for the Studio. Generously illustrated with rare photos from the museum’s archives and from the archives of Sony Music in New York, Historic RCA Studio B: Home of 1,000 Hits traces the story of the studio from its birth in 1957, on what would become known as Music Row, through its role in the city’s striking musical evolution, to its place today as both working studio and tourism mecca, celebrating a magical,…

Museum Presents Nashville Cats Salute to Guitarist Richard Bennett

July 19, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 19, 2016—The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will explore the life and work of guitar legend Richard Bennett in an installment of the museum’s special program series Nashville Cats, Saturday, July 30, at 1:30 p.m., in the museum’s Ford Theater. Hosted by Bill Lloyd, the in-depth interview will be illustrated with vintage photos, film footage and recordings, and Bennett will perform briefly. Discovered in Phoenix and mentored by Wrecking Crew guitar great Al Casey, Bennett played his first L.A. recording sessions during summer vacation while still in high school. He started his stellar studio career…

Chris Stapleton & James Taylor to Perform with Vince Gill at Museum’s All for the Hall Los Angeles

July 18, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 18, 2016— In an intimate, guitar-pull format, Grammy winner Chris Stapleton and legendary musician James Taylor will join Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill to perform at All for the Hall Los Angeles, a fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Tuesday, Sept. 27, at The Novo by Microsoft. The event unites country music’s most accomplished artists and its most generous supporters. A limited number of VIP tables are on sale now and available for purchase at $5,000 and $10,000 levels. Event proceeds will support the Museum’s education programs. Details to reserve…

The Gretsch Sound: A Guitar Pull with Emmanuel, Pennington, Robinson, and Striking Matches

July 16, 2016

This musical celebration will send off the exhibition American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection, closing July 17, 2016. The Gretsch Guitar Company was founded in 1883 and brought to prominence in the 1950s and 1960s through the influence of players like Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy, and George Harrison, who praised the guitars’ sound and brilliant visual style. The Bachman-Gretsch Collection features rare guitars from the early 1930s to the 1980s amassed by Canadian guitarist and songwriter Randy Bachman, a key member of rock bands the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Through this casual musical performance, master players…

Homegrown: Zac Brown Band Opens Friday, July 22, 2016

July 15, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn., – July 15, 2016 – The new exhibition Homegrown: Zac Brown Band will open Friday, July 22, at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Running through June 18, 2017, the career-spanning exhibition will explore Zac Brown Band’s rise to fame through stage wear, guitars, song manuscripts, photos and more from the band’s personal collection. Exhibition highlights include: Custom-designed conga drum used by percussionist Daniel de los Reyes in the music video for “Jump Right In.” Reyes modeled the drum on one used by his father, renowned Cuban percussionist Walfredo de los Reyes III Three of John Driskell…

Songwriter Session: Lindsay Ell

June 25, 2016

​June 25, 2016 Lindsay Ell began playing guitar and writing songs as a child, in Calgary. At age thirteen, she was discovered by Randy Bachman, who pushed her to learn new guitar styles and co-wrote and produced her first record. Ell moved to Nashville in 2013 and signed with Stoney Creek Records. She wrote her singles “By the Way” and “Trippin’ on Us,” as well as several songs with Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots, including “We Can’t Stand Each Other” (featuring Carrie Underwood) and “Netflix Love Song.”  This program was offered in support of the exhibition American Sound and Beauty:…

The Gretsch Fred and Joe Show: The Story of the Gretsch Guitar

June 24, 2016

June 24, 2016 ​Fred Gretsch, President of the Gretsch Company, and Joe Carducci, Gretsch Guitars Product Marketing Specialist, host this multimedia presentation tracing the history of the innovative guitar maker. The company was founded in 1883 when Gretsch started making musical instruments in Brooklyn. In 1985, Fred Gretsch, great-grandson of the founder, bought back the family business from the Baldwin Piano Company, relaunching the brand and ushering in an era of high quality and unique design. This program will discuss the musicians who’ve woven the Gretsch sound into the fabric of modern pop culture by playing the guitars on classic…

Museum to Host Gretsch Guitar Pull on July 16

June 22, 2016

Program Will Feature Tommy Emmanuel, Eddie Pennington, Joe Robinson and Striking Matches   American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection Ends July 17 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – June 22, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will host a special program on Saturday, July 16, at 2 p.m. featuring Tommy Emmanuel, Eddie Pennington, Joe Robinson and Striking Matches. The Gretsch Sound: A Guitar Pull is presented in support of the exhibition American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection which ends its run July 17.   Through this casual musical performance, these master players will discuss…

Panel and Performance: CMT’s Next Women of Country 2016

June 10, 2016

June 10, 2016 Men have dominated country radio playlists in recent years, so cable channel CMT is highlighting new female artists in its Next Women of Country campaign. CMT executive Leslie Fram will host this in-the-round showcase and candid discussion with some artists involved in the program. After placing second on the 2011 season of American Idol, Lauren Alaina scored three Top Forty singles from her debut album, including “Georgia Peaches.” Her latest EP is Next Boyfriend. Brooke Eden, once a regular performer at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, recently released her first single, “Daddy’s Money.” Named one of “10 New Country…

Songwriter Session: Gary Allan

June 08, 2016

June 8, 2016 Gary Allan wrote his hits “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” “Pieces,” and “She’s So California.” He has scored five #1 hits and sold over seven million albums over the course of his twenty-year career. His last album, Set You Free, debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 all-genre chart. Allan’s latest single is “Hungover Heart” and he is finishing an upcoming tenth studio album. 

Multi-Platinum Dierks Bentley to Sign at Music Fest at the Hall Presented by Comcast

June 07, 2016

Appearance Supports Exhibition Dierks Bentley: Every Mile a Memory, Presented by Citi, Open Now at Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum NASHVILLE, Tenn., – June 7, 2016 – On the heels of the best-selling album of his career with this week's #1 critically acclaimed studio album Black (Capitol Records Nashville), multi-platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley and The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will host an autograph signing on Thursday, June 9, at 11:30 a.m. The appearance is presented in support of the exhibition Dierks Bentley: Every Mile a Memory, presented by Citi. Bentley joins a packed week of CMA…

Interview and Performance: Blake Shelton

June 06, 2016

June 6, 2016 Monday afternoon, Blake Shelton loped onto the CMA Theater stage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, as a packed house of fans shouted cheers and welcomes. “I don’t know how this thing’s gonna go,” said Shelton, who has notched seventeen consecutive top-charting country radio hits and who is known to millions as a judge on NBC television show The Voice. This is my very first exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame.” It went just fine, as Museum Editor Michael McCall moderated a conversation that spanned Shelton’s life in music, punctuated by acoustic…

Audio Architects of the Nashville Sound

June 05, 2016

June 5, 2016 The Nashville Chapter of the Audio Engineering Society pays tribute to the city’s recording pioneers. "Nashville would never have become a recording center without the engineers," says Country Music Hall of Fame guitarist Harold Bradley. This program will honor audio engineers Lou Bradley (pictured), Mike Bradley, Joe Mills, Ron “Snake” Reynolds, and mastering engineer Denny Purcell with the AES Nashville Lifetime Achievement Award. This year’s honorees engineered thousands of hits by a wide variety of country, pop, and rock artists, including John Anderson, Brooks & Dunn, J.J. Cale, Elvis Costello, Merle Haggard, Jason & the Scorchers, George…

Museum to Host Special Programs During Summer NAMM, June 23-25

June 02, 2016

Weekend Will Include Appearances by Andy Babiuk, Fred Gretsch, Lindsay Ell and Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection Ends July 17 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – June 2, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will host a weekend of special programs during Summer NAMM, June 23 to 25. The programming is presented in support of the exhibition American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection which ends its run July 17.   On Thursday, June 23, at 2 p.m., the museum will host a Gretsch bass demonstration with Tom Petersson. For…

Museum Adds More Artists for Music Fest at the Hall presented by Comcast

June 01, 2016

2016 COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE CHARLIE DANIELS TO APPEAR AT FAN FAIR X MARK CHESNUTT, DAN + SHAY, BRENDA LEE, LONESTAR AND CHARLEY PRIDE TO SIGN AT MUSEUM Scotty McCreery Signing His New Book, Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream Museum Also Offering First Look at Updated ACM Gallery Featuring New and Noteworthy Performers from 2015 Including: Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Cam, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Aubrie Sellers, Chris Stapleton and Cole Swindell NASHVILLE, Tenn., – May 31, 2016 –The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will welcome thousands of…

Concert: Boppin’ the Blues: A Celebration of Sam Phillips

May 28, 2016

May 28, 2016 Four critically acclaimed musical acts—known for their distinctive updates on traditional American rock, country, and blues—paid tribute to the late Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, with a special concert May 28 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Titled Boppin’ the Blues: A Celebration of Sam Phillips, the concert featured roots-music specialists JD McPherson, the Planet Rockers, Margo Price, and Webb Wilder. Their rousing performances recalled the frantic rockabilly and hard-edged country music that forms a significant part of the legacy of Phillips and his…

Museum Presents Jerry Douglas and the Earls of Leicester July 22 in the CMA Theater

May 26, 2016

Tickets on Sale June 3 at 10 a.m. NASHVILLE, Tenn., – May 26, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum presents reigning International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year, Jerry Douglas and the Earls of Leicester in concert at 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 22, in the museum’s CMA Theater. Tickets are $38 and $42 and will go on sale June 3, at 10 a.m. To purchase tickets visit countrymusichalloffame.org. Douglas assembled the bluegrass group in 2013 to pay tribute to the music of guitarist Lester Flatt and banjo player Earl Scruggs and their band, the Foggy…

Blake Shelton Exhibit to Feature Chair from NBC’s The Voice at the Museum

May 26, 2016

Exclusive Video from Shelton about His Exhibit  NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 26, 2016 –The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will feature the award-winning, country music megastar Blake Shelton in an exhibit opening tomorrow, May 27, 2016. Blake Shelton: Based on a True Story, supported by SunTrust, will feature Shelton’s red-cushioned chair from NBC’s The Voice, among other artifacts.  In this exclusive video, Shelton talks about one other piece of memorabilia that will be featured in the exhibit, and why it has special meaning. This career-spanning exhibition will chronicle the Oklahoma native’s rise to fame using special memorabilia from his…

Alabama to be Featured in Exhibit at Museum

May 25, 2016

Exhibit Opens Aug. 25, 2016, and Runs through June 2017 NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 25, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will delve into the personal stories and significant events of one of the most popular bands in America with Alabama: Born Country. The exhibition will open Aug. 25, 2016, and run through June 2017. It will feature musical instruments, performance clothing, awards, childhood mementos, tour memorabilia, photographs and more. In support of their exhibit, Alabama, featuring Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry, and Jeff Cook, will perform live in the CMA Theater on Wednesday, July 6 for the…

Zac Brown Band to be Featured in Exhibition at the Museum

May 18, 2016

Homegrown: Zac Brown Band Opens July 22, 2016 NASHVILLE, Tenn., – May 18, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore Zac Brown Band’s rise to fame in Homegrown: Zac Brown Band, a career-spanning exhibition that opens July 22 and runs through July 2017. The exhibition will include stage wear, guitars, song manuscripts, photos and more from the band’s personal collection. "It's an incredible honor to have the history of our band captured by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum," said Zac Brown. "From day one, it has always been about connecting with our fans…

Music Masters: A Conversation with Bob Neuwirth

May 07, 2016

May 7, 2016 Ford Theater At the outset of “Music Masters: A Conversation with Bob Neuwirth,” museum staffer and host Michael McCall introduced his guest as a "lightning-rod presence," highlighting his role as an instigator associated with seminal artists including Joan Baez, T Bone Burnett, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Kris Kristofferson, and Patti Smith. "His albums have all been about gathering artists he respected and seeing what came out of that moment," McCall said. "Uniformly, what came out of those gatherings was music made not for the charts, but for the ages. T Bone Burnett, in fact, called Bob 'the…

Museum Presents Boppin’  the Blues: A Celebration of Sam Phillips May 28 at 2 P.M.

May 05, 2016

​Concert Will Feature Performances by JD McPherson, the Planet Rockers, Margo Price and Webb Wilder Exhibition Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips Ends Run June 12 NASHVILLE, Tenn., – May 5, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will host a special concert, Boppin’ the Blues: A Celebration of Sam Phillips, on Saturday, May 28, at 2 p.m., in the museum’s CMA Theater. The performances are presented in support of the exhibition Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips which will end its run June 12.  Paying homage…

Museum Presents Music Masters: A Conversation with Bob Neuwirth This Saturday, May 7, at 1:30 p.m.

May 02, 2016

Programming in Support of the Exhibition Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, Presented by Citi NASHVILLE, Tenn., – May 2, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s quarterly program series Music Masters returns Saturday, May 7, with music industry veteran Bob Neuwirth. The 1:30 p.m. interview, hosted by museum editor Michael McCall, will be held in the museum's Ford Theater and is included with museum admission and free to museum members. The program will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming.  Songwriter, producer, performer, painter, improviser, collaborator and instigator, Bob Neuwirth has been associated with many seminal…

Museum to Participate in the Big Payback on May 3, 2016

April 27, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 26, 2016 — On May 3, 2016 the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will take part in The Big Payback, a region-wide, 24-hour, online giving event created to help Middle Tennessee non-profits raise funds vital to their work. Donations made to the museum help to secure the legacy of country music for future generations and support its mission to preserve the 2.5 million artifacts in its growing collection. These invaluable holdings are essential in telling the stories of a true American art form and educating audiences who cherish American music. With education as one of…

Museum Prepares for Music Fest at the Hall Presented by Comcast

April 26, 2016

Museum Also Offering Ticket Bundle with Fan Fair X and Last Chance to See Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips NASHVILLE, Tenn., – April 26, 2016 –The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum welcomes thousands of country music fans to CMA Music Festival, June 9 to 12. All week, the museum will be packed with activities, presented by Comcast, beginning Monday, June 6, at 3 p.m. with a special appearance by superstar Blake Shelton. Hosted by museum editor Michael McCall, Shelton will discuss his career and perform a short acoustic set. In addition to…

Keith Urban So Far… Closing Soon at the Museum

April 25, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 25, 2016 – On May 15, 2016, the career-spanning exhibition devoted to Grammy winner Keith Urban will close at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Keith Urban So Far… chronicles Urban’s life from childhood and his early musical influences to his hard-won rise to fame and present day success. The exhibition represents this journey with a wide array of historic and priceless memorabilia from Urban’s collection, including artifacts from his childhood such as an embroidered western shirt and pants worn by Urban at age ten and photos and documents from Urban’s childhood scrapbooks. Original handwritten…

Museum’s Sixth All for the Hall Benefit Concert Nets Over $712,000

April 14, 2016

​ Keith Urban and Vince Gill Lead All-Star Evening That Included Special Guests Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Peter Frampton, Emmylou Harris, Sam Hunt, Jason Isbell, Chris Janson, Tracy Lawrence, Maddie & Tae, and Maren Morris NASHVILLE, Tenn., – April 13, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum hosted the sixth All for the Hall benefit concert last night at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill led a star-studded evening that featured performances from special guests Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Peter Frampton, Emmylou Harris, Sam…

“Blue Suede Shoes” at Sixty: Remembering Carl Perkins

April 09, 2016

April 9, 2016 Carl Perkins wrote the rockabilly classic “Blue Suede Shoes” based on two moments of inspiration. First, Johnny Cash put the idea in Perkins’s head. “Back in 1955, my dad, Carl Perkins, did shows with Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis,” said Stan Perkins, Carl’s eldest child. “My dad and John would sit in the backseat and write songs as they traveled from one place to another. John had a habit of putting his shoes up on the back of the front seats. One evening he said, ‘Carl, you need to write a song about a pair of…

Old Crow Medicine Show Plays Blonde on Blonde

March 24, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016 CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum The seven members of Old Crow Medicine Show paraded onstage like a dissolute yet determined marching band, complete with an upright bass drum pounded by mallets, as they woozily slid into Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35.” The musical introduction—as original as it was unusual—set the tone for the creative way the popular stringband paid tribute to Bob Dylan’s landmark album Blonde on Blonde, released fifty years ago this month and recorded largely in Nashville with Music Row studio musicians.    The sold-out…

Museum Presents Nashville Cats: Salute to Legendary Guitarist Pete Wade

March 22, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn., – March 22, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will present Nashville Cats: Salute to Legendary Guitarist Pete Wade on Saturday, April 16, at 1:30 p.m., in the museum's Ford Theater. The program, hosted by museum editor Peter Cooper, will feature rare recordings, photos and vintage film clips from the influential guitarist’s career, as well as a performance by Wade himself. Wade has contributed to classic recordings by Roy Clark, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Charley Pride, the Statler Brothers, Conway Twitty and many others. He moved to Nashville from his native Virginia…

Museum And Old Crow Medicine Show Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Bob Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde

March 21, 2016

Grammy-Winning Band Will Perform the Landmark Album in its Entirety May 12 and 13 in the Museum’s CMA Theater NASHVILLE, Tenn., – March 21, 2016 – To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s classic album Blonde on Blonde, the Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum will host Grammy-winning Old Crow Medicine Show in concert at 8 p.m. May 12 and 13, in the museum’s CMA Theater. In support of the exhibit Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, presented by Citi, the critically acclaimed band will perform Dylan’s groundbreaking creation in its entirety. Tickets are…

Museum To Celebrate Sixtieth Anniversary Of “Blue Suede Shoes” With Salute To Carl Perkins

March 17, 2016

April 9 Program Will Feature a Performance by Chuck Mead Panel Discussion Moderated by Dr. Mark Crawford Will Include Peter Guralnick, Naomi Judd, David McGee and Stan Perkins NASHVILLE, Tenn. – March 17, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will present a special panel discussion and performance to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes.” The program is set for Saturday, April 9, at 2 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater.  This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the creation and first recording of the rockabilly classic “Blue Suede Shoes” by Carl Perkins.…

Interview and Acoustic Performance: Dierks Bentley

March 12, 2016

March 12, 2016 Dierks Bentley can pinpoint the moment that he decided to pursue a career in country music. At age seventeen, while riding with his father in the family pickup truck, he heard a song by Hank Williams Jr. “I knew right then what I wanted to do with my life,” Bentley said. “It was one of those moments, I’m not sure how to describe it. It’s like when a coin is going into a slot machine and hits all the right clicks. I heard the song, and I knew I wanted to go to Nashville and be a…

Blake Shelton Exhibit To Debut May 27

March 04, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 4, 2016 – Award-winning country music phenomenon Blake Shelton will be the subject of a career-spanning exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Blake Shelton: Based on a True Story, which opens May 27, 2016, will explore the life and work of one of country music’s most popular and multi-dimensional artists. “Blake Shelton is one of the most well-established contemporary artists in country music,” said museum CEO Kyle Young. “Countless accolades into his musical career, he continues to stay true to his sound and musical style, and continues to receive recognition for it. We’re…

Dierks Bentley: Every Mile A Memory Presented By Citi, Opens This Friday

February 29, 2016

Opening Festivities to Feature Three Weekends of Special Programming Including an Interview and Performance with Bentley on March 12, 2016 NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Feb. 29, 2016 – The new exhibition Dierks Bentley: Every Mile a Memory, presented by Citi, will open this Friday, March 4, at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. The museum will celebrate with three weekends of special programming including a special appearance by multi-platinum entertainer Dierks Bentley on Saturday, March 12, at 2 p.m. Hosted by museum editor Peter Cooper, Bentley will discuss his career and perform a short acoustic set. The program will be…

Museum to Offer Special Programming for Spring Break

February 23, 2016

McCrary Sisters to Headline Museum’s Inaugural Easter Brunch on March 27 More Family Programs and FREE Admission for Middle Tennessee Students March 19 – April 3 NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Feb. 23, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will be packed this spring with activities that blend music, art, and education, offering fun for the whole family. Soulful sister vocalists the McCrary Sisters will headline the museum’s inaugural Easter Brunch on Sunday, March 27, 2016. Family-style seatings will be available at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the museum’s Event Hall. Daughters of longtime Fairfield Four tenor…

Nashville Cats: A Salute to Guitarist Duane Eddy

February 13, 2016

February 13, 2016 With his 1958 hit “Rebel Rouser,” Duane Eddy became the first solo instrumental hero of rock & roll. “Duane Eddy was the front guy, the first rock & roll guitar god,” said John Fogerty, one of thousands of musicians who credit Eddy as a chief influence. Born in Corning, New York, Eddy moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in his early teens. With help from producer Lee Hazlewood, he developed a signature guitar style, full of twang and bluster, and he recorded hit singles including “Cannonball,” “Forty Miles of Bad Road,” “Because They’re Young,” and “(Dance with the) Guitar…

Poets and Prophets: A Salute to Legendary Songwriter Al Anderson

February 06, 2016

February 6, 2016 When a Nashville music executive took Al Anderson to lunch, early in 1991, to pitch him a song publishing deal, multi-talented Anderson responded like a jerk. “I was cocky and still a drunk—not drunk at the lunch, but still a drunk,” he recalled. “I was acting like, ‘I want a million dollars just to talk to you.’” The executive, Pat McMurry (now Pat Escott) of Bluewater Music, could not match his asking price. But she did offer $12,000 for Anderson to sign with the company. Anderson accepted the offer, citing Bluewater’s “cool” roster, which included then-young songwriters…

Dierks Bentley To Be Featured In Exhibition

February 04, 2016

Dierks Bentley: Every Mile a Memory Presented by Citi, Opens March 4, 2016 Museum Will Host Bentley Interview and Performance March 12, 2016 NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Feb. 4, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore the life and career of multi-platinum entertainer Dierks Bentley with the exhibition Dierks Bentley: Every Mile a Memory, presented by Citi, which opens March 4, 2016, and runs through Sept. 6, 2016. The exhibition will include stage wear, guitars, song manuscripts, photos and more from Bentley’s personal collection. To celebrate the launch of the exhibit, the museum will host a special…

Museum Presents Writers’ Round: The Songs of Eric Church February 20, 2016

February 02, 2016

PROGRAM WILL FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY SONGWRITERS CASEY BEATHARD, JEFF HYDE, LUKE LAIRD AND JEREMY SPILLMAN Exhibition Eric Church: Inside the Outsider Ends Run Feb. 21 NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Feb. 2, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will host a special program, Writers’ Round: The Songs of Eric Church, on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 1:30 p.m., in the museum’s Ford Theater. The program is presented in support of the exhibition Eric Church: Inside the Outsider which will end its run Feb. 21. Throughout his career, Eric Church has worked with a very small group of songwriting collaborators,…

Museum to Present Songwriter Al Anderson as Poet and Prophet

January 29, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Jan. 29, 2016 – Al Anderson, award-winning songwriter and former longtime member of eclectic roots-rock band NRBQ , will share stories and songs in the acclaimed songwriter series Poets and Prophets, at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Saturday, Feb. 6, at 1:30 p.m. Hosted by museum editor Michael Gray, the interview will be illustrated with rare recordings, photos and vintage film clips from Anderson’s career. Anderson will offer a brief performance. Poets and Prophets is included with museum admission and free to museum members. Seating is limited, and passes are required for admittance. Museum…

Keith Urban’s All for the Hall Benefit for the Museum Returns to Bridgestone Arena on April 12

January 22, 2016

MASHVILLE: THE MUSIC CITY IN 2016 TO FEATURE PERFORMANCES FROM URBAN, VINCE GILL, LUKE BRYAN, PETER FRAMPTON, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, EMMYLOU HARRIS, SAM HUNT, JASON ISBELL, MADDIE & TAE AND MAREN MORRIS Tickets On Sale Friday, Jan. 29 at 10:00am CT NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 22, 2016…Four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill, will return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on April 12 for the sixth, highly anticipated All for the Hall, a concert to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. The show’s musical theme, Mashville: The Music City in 2016,…

Museum and Music City Roots Add Luther Dickinson to Sam Phillips Tribute Concert on Feb. 3

January 21, 2016

Dickinson Joins Previously Announced Performers Billy Burnette and Shawn Camp, Sleepy LaBeef, Colin Linden and Bobby Rush NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jan. 21, 2016 – Guitarist and vocalist Luther Dickinson will join the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum and Music City Roots for a special tribute concert honoring Sun Records founder and producer Sam Phillips. The concert is set for Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7:00 p.m. at The Factory at Franklin, Tenn. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for reserved seats or $10 for general admission. They can be purchased at musiccityroots.com or at the door. The…

American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection Opens this Friday

January 11, 2016

Museum to Celebrate with a Salute to Guitarist Duane Eddy, Conversations with Edward Ball, Guitar Demos, a Fly-Away Sweepstakes, and More NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jan. 11, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will unveil American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection this Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. The exhibition, which will run through July, is the largest exhibition of stringed instruments ever mounted by the museum. Seventy-five guitars offer the public its most comprehensive look at the renowned Bachman-Gretsch collection. The opening will be celebrated with two weekends of special programming.  On Friday, Jan. 15,…

Museum and Music City Roots Team Up for Special Show to Salute Sam Phillips

December 23, 2015

Feb. 3 Concert Will Feature Performances by Billy Burnette and Shawn Camp, Sleepy LaBeef, Colin Linden, Bobby Rush, and Interviews with Peter Guralnick and Jerry Phillips NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Dec. 21, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will join Music City Roots to present a special tribute concert in honor of Sun Records founder and producer Sam Phillips. The concert is set for Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7:00 p.m. at The Factory in Franklin, Tenn. Tickets are $15 for reserved seats or $10 for general admission and can be purchased at musiccityroots.com or at the door.…

Museum Announces Partnership With First Amendment Center To Offer Education Programs

December 17, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn., December 17, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will offer two new educational programs to students next year through a partnership with the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center. The museum will host Freedom Sings, the First Amendment Center’s flagship program, for grades 9 to 12, as well as a new program, Music Matters: The Songs That Shaped America, being developed for grades 6 to 8. Both programs are free to Title I schools, and transportation subsidies may be available to qualifying schools.  “The late Mr. John Seigenthaler, founder of the First Amendment Center, famously…

Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When Closing Soon

December 17, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn., December 17, 2015 – The exhibition devoted to three-time Grammy winner Trisha Yearwood will close January 4, 2016, at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When tells Yearwood’s story through a collection of artifacts that chronicle the career and personal journey of one of country music’s most influential artists. The exhibit examines Yearwood’s life, career, and musical achievements, beginning with her upbringing in idyllic Monticello, Georgia. Growing up, Yearwood sang in church and at home. She eventually made a life-changing move to Nashville, where she attended Belmont College and studied in the…

The Museum Welcomes All to Ford Community Day Made Possible by Ford Motor Company Fund

December 09, 2015

Museum Admission Will Be Free on Sunday, December 13, 2015 Chart-Topping Vocalist Cassadee Pope Will Headline a Day of Activity That Includes, a Songwriter Session with Don Schlitz, a Square Dance Celebration, a Hatch Show Print Demonstration, and More NASHVILLE, Tenn., – December 9, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is pleased to partner with Ford Motor Company Fund for the seventh Ford Community Day. Museum admission will be FREE from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, as a way to say thank you to the Middle Tennessee community and to lucky out-of-town…

Museum Partners with Google to Create Unique Interactive Online Experience

December 03, 2015

Museum’s Popular Exhibit Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy Featured in First-of-Its-Kind Virtual Exhibition NASHVILLE, Tenn., – December 3, 2015 –Tuesday, Google announced the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s participation in the opening of the Google Cultural Institute, a new online exhibition that offers unique, interactive, online experiences from 60 of the world’s foremost cultural institutions. With events at Carnegie Hall, and in six other cities across the globe, Google debuted this first-of-its-kind exhibition, which allows viewers to experience the best in dance, music, opera and more. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum shares its popular…

Museum to Participate in #GivingTuesday movement to support Fund for Youth Education

November 23, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn., November 23, 2015 – On December 1, The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The museum will seek support for its Fund for Youth Education. The museum offers hundreds of music education programs throughout the year, and the Fund for Youth Education allows the museum to create once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for students, locally and across the globe. Contributions to the Fund for Youth Education help make available the museum’s award-winning educational programs, like Words & Music, at no cost to Metro Nashville…

Keith Urban So Far… Opens November 20 and Runs through May 2016

November 17, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn., November 17, 2015 – On Friday, Nov. 20, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will open a career-spanning exhibition featuring country music superstar Keith Urban. Keith Urban So Far… will run through May 2016 and will follow Urban’s path to Nashville, where he has become one of country music’s best-loved ambassadors, one of the world’s most-respected musicians, and the winner of multiple Grammys, CMA Awards and ACM Awards. “I developed a love for country music at a very young age. I recall seeing artists like Johnny Cash on stage and thinking ‘that’s what I want to…

Ninth Annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum: A Celebration of Dixie Hall

November 16, 2015

November 16, 2015 Dixie Hall was a music journalist, a record label owner, a publisher, and a prolific songwriter whose works have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Miranda Lambert, and many others. She immigrated to the United States from her native England and became a force in American roots music for more than fifty years. A winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award, Hall is the most-recorded female songwriter in bluegrass history. She was an animal rights activist, a collector and encourager of creative people, and a creative and life partner to her husband of forty-six years,…

Museum Announces New Exhibit American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection

November 12, 2015

Exhibit Is the Largest Collection of Stringed Instruments Ever Displayed by the Museum and Marks the First Time This Collection Has Been Made Available to the Public NASHVILLE, Tenn. – November 12, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore the history of the guitar with the exhibition American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection, which opens Jan. 15, 2016, and runs through July 2016. The Bachman-Gretsch Collection of vintage Gretsch guitars will provide a visually stunning window into the evolution of the instrument, from the early 1930s to the early 1980s. This will…

Hatch Show Print Announces Second Annual Moonlightin’ Exhibit in Haley Gallery

November 11, 2015

      Exhibit Opens Saturday, November 14  NASHVILLE, Tenn., November 11, 2015— Hatch Show Print and Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery are proud to present Moonlightin’, a special exhibit featuring works created by the legendary letterpress print shop’s designer-printers while off the clock. The artists were given carte blanche to create outside of the normal confines of their daily Hatch Show Print duties, while referencing the shop’s classic letterpress style. Works vary in size and format, with prices starting at $50. The show will run from Saturday, Nov. 14 to Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. Patrons will have an opportunity to meet the artists…

Tanya Tucker to Kick Off Deck the Hall Friday, Nov. 27, at the Museum

November 03, 2015

Festivities Will Include Tree Lighting and Brief Performance from Tucker NASHVILLE, Tenn., – November 3, 2015 – Country star Tanya Tucker will kick off Deck the Hall at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Friday, Nov. 27. Festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with a brief performance from Tucker that will include her hits as well as some holiday classics. She will then light a thirty-foot-tall Christmas tree in the museum’s Mike Curb Conservatory. Following the performance and tree lighting, Tucker will sign copies of her CDs available for purchase in the Museum Store. Tucker’s performance launches…

The Museum Welcomes Historian Peter Guralnick on November 14

October 29, 2015

 Guralnick to Discuss His New Biography SAM PHILLIPS: The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll Discussion Is Presented in Support of the Museum’s Exhibition  Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips NASHVILLE, Tenn., – October 29, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will welcome historian Peter Guralnick on Saturday, November 14, at 1:30 p.m., to discuss his just-published biography SAM PHILLIPS: The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll. The program is presented in support of the museum’s exhibition Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips, which was co-curated…

Keith Urban So Far…

October 29, 2015

CAREER-SPANNING EXHIBITION DEBUTS THIS NOVEMBER AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM NASHVILLE, Tenn., October 29, 2015 – Country music superstar Keith Urban will be the subject of a career-spanning exhibition, which opens November 20, 2015, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Keith Urban So Far… will run through May 2016 and will follow the multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Award winner’s path to Nashville, where he’s become not only one of country music’s best-loved ambassadors, but one of the world’s most-respected musicians. The exhibition will represent this journey with a wide array of historic…

Museum Celebrates the Holidays with Deck the Hall

October 27, 2015

PERFORMERS TO BE FEATURED THIS DECEMBER INCLUDE BRENDA LEE, LONESTAR, THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, AND RICKY SKAGGS AND THE WHITES FESTIVITIES KICK OFF FRIDAY, NOV. 27, WITH THE FIRST TREE LIGHTING OF THE SEASON IN NASHVILLE NASHVILLE, Tenn., – October 27, 2015 – The holiday season is just around the corner, and it’s time to Deck the Hall at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. The museum will be packed with a month of seasonal activities in December that blend music, art, education and even Santa Claus, offering fun for the entire family. Festivities officially kick off on…

Jim Ed Brown And The Browns, Grady Martin, Oak Ridge Boys Inducted Into Country Music Hall Of Fame

October 26, 2015

Mandy Barnett, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Jimmy Capps, Duane Eddy, Vince Gill, Ben Hall, Jeff Hanna, The Isaacs, Carolyn Martin, The Martin Family Circus, Buddy Miller, Chris Scruggs, Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives, Pete Wade, And Trisha Yearwood Among All-Star Cast Paying Tribute Pictured are (back row, l-r): 2015 inductees William Lee Golden, Joe Bonsall, Richard Sterban, and Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys; Ray Walker of the Jordanaires; Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Chairman Steve Turner; Vince Gill; E.W. “Bud” Wendell; Bobby Bare; Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Kyle Young; Garth Brooks;…

Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductees: Jim Ed Brown And The Browns, Grady Martin, Oak Ridge Boys

October 25, 2015

Mandy Barnett, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Jimmy Capps, Duane Eddy, Vince Gill, Ben Hall, Jeff Hanna, The Isaacs, Carolyn Martin, The Martin Family Circus, Buddy Miller, Chris Scruggs, Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives, Pete Wade, And Trisha Yearwood Among All-Star Cast Paying Tribute Two groundbreaking vocal groups with drastically different styles joined a fabled studio session musician as the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame during a star-studded, emotional Medallion Ceremony on October 25, 2015. Jim Ed Brown and the Browns, the Oak Ridge Boys and studio session great Grady Martin were feted with heartfelt testimonials…

Dixie Hall to be Honored at the Museum’s Ninth Annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum

October 21, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn., October 21, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will honor the memory of bluegrass stalwart Dixie Hall at the ninth annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in the Ford Theater. This cheerful and joyous celebration of Hall’s life and music will include never-before-seen photographs, interviews with colleagues, and live performances of her songs. Guests will include Sierra Hull, Rita Forrester, Carl Jackson, Chris Jones and Heather Berry-Mabe, and others. Hall is the first posthumous subject of the Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum. The program is free and open to…

Music Masters: Garth Fundis

October 10, 2015

October 10, 2015 ​Garth Fundis has an unusually high success rate as a Nashville record producer, partly because he is picky about who he works with. He began collaborating with Don Williams on the singer’s recordings in 1975, and he produced Trisha Yearwood’s record-breaking debut album in 1991. Fundis worked with Keith Whitley on his most enduring songs, and with Sugarland on their groundbreaking debut in 2004. He also has made albums with Alabama, New Grass Revival, Doc Watson, and Lari White, among others. In the mid-1990s, Fundis presided over the Nashville division of the record label Almo Sounds. The…

Star-Studded Concert Draws Standing Ovation From VIP Audience At All For The Hall New York

October 07, 2015

Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Brad Paisley, Paul Simon, Carrie Underwood The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum fundraiser includes a new song written and performed by students from New York’s Pelham Gardens Middle School, with help from songwriters Liz Rose and Phil Barton, to highlight the museum’s Words & Music educational program Pictured are (l-r): Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Emmylou Harris, Paul Simon, and Vince Gill. Photo by Rick Diamond, Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum NEW YORK, October 7, 2015 —An all-star lineup, reaching across generations and genres, drew a rousing response from…

Museum to Honor Producer Garth Fundis on Saturday, October 10, in Music Masters Series

October 06, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn., October 6, 2015–One of Nashville’s most respected producers Garth Fundis will be honored in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Music Masters series on Saturday, October 10, at 1:30 p.m., in the museum’s Ford Theater. Fundis has collaborated with several of the top names in country music, including Don Williams, Keith Whitley,Trisha Yearwood and Sugarland. The program is presented in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When. The veteran producer will discuss his career, with emphasis on his production work, in this multimedia program. Following the program, Fundis will sign copies of a…

Interview:  Bobby Braddock: A Life on Nashville’s Music Row

October 03, 2015

October 3, 2015 Country Music Hall of Fame member Bobby Braddock has written his second memoir, Bobby Braddock: A Life on Nashville’s Music Row, published by the museum’s CMF Press and Vanderbilt University Press. The book begins as Braddock and his new wife travel from Florida to Nashville, where he will pursue a career in the music business. After a stint as Marty Robbins’s piano player, Braddock settles in at Tree Music, where he writes—or sometimes co-writes—such classic country songs as “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” “Golden Ring,” and the song many consider the greatest country song ever written, “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”…

Museum Presents Interview and Performance with Luke Bryan on Sunday, November 1

October 01, 2015

Exhibition Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary Ends Run on November 8 NASHVILLE, Tenn., – October 1, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will host a special appearance by Luke Bryan on Sunday, November 1, at 2 p.m., in the museum’s 776-seat CMA Theater. The reigning ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year will discuss his career and perform a short acoustic set in support of the exhibition Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary, presented by Citi. The panel will be hosted by Joseph Hudak, Senior Editor at Rolling Stone Country. The program is included with museum admission…

Haley Gallery to Celebrate ‘ARTober’ with New Work by Jim Sherraden and Jon Langford

September 30, 2015

Exhibit Opens Saturday, October 3 Jon Langford and Jim Sherraden Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress shops in America, has announced a collaboration between master printer Jim Sherraden and Chicago-based musician and painter Jon Langford, the artist behind the look and design of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s exhibition Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City. Their work will be unveiled during Nashville’s monthly First Saturday Art Crawl, taking place Saturday, October 3, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery. Sherraden and Langford joined forces to create…

Museum to Partner with Education through Music to Launch Words & Music in NYC Public Schools

September 28, 2015

       Grammy-winning Songwriter Liz Rose to Lead Creative Writing Experience and Perform with Students During Benefit Concert October 6 NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 28, 2015— As part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s October 6 All for the Hall New York benefit concert, featuring Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Brad Paisley, Paul Simon and Carrie Underwood, the museum will bring its flagship education program, Words & Music,to New York City Public Schools. In an innovative partnership, the museum will join forces with fellow nonprofitEducation Through Music, a foundation that promotes the integration of music into the curricula…

13th Annual Artist-In-Residence: Rosanne Cash: September 24, 2015

September 24, 2015

September 24, 2015 Throughout the three completely different concerts Rosanne Cash presented as the 2015 artist-in-residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, there have been several constants: Cash’s amber-toned alto voice, sounding as rich and as expressive as ever; her poetic and deeply considered songwriting; her grounded, glowingly charismatic stage presence; and the tasteful guitar work of her husband, John Leventhal. Her final concert, a duo performance with just Cash on voice and acoustic guitar and Leventhal on acoustic guitar and piano, underscored that the residency series caught the sixty-year-old Cash at the height of her creative…

Interview: Indigo Girls

September 23, 2015

September 23, 2015 Known for intricate harmonies; raw, poetic lyrics; and catchy melodic hooks, Indigo Girls, the platinum-selling folk-rock duo of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, met in elementary school in Decatur, Georgia, and started performing together a few years later. Their 1989 self-titled, major-label debut received a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album and included their first hit, “Closer to Fine.” Through the 1990s, they charted more hits like “Hammer and a Nail” and “Galileo” and toured constantly, including a stint with the Lilith Fair festival, building a loyal fan-base who connected not only with the music, but also with the group’s outspoken support of various social, political, and…

Songwriter Session: Mary Gauthier

September 19, 2015

September 19, 2015 Though she didn’t start writing until her mid-thirties, Mary Gauthier immediately received critical acclaim for the fearless honesty and compelling characters in her songs. Her 2005 breakout album, Mercy Now, landed on numerous “Best of” lists and that year Gauthier won the Americana Music Association award for New Artist of the Year. She is an in-demand teacher of songwriting, and her latest release, Trouble in Love, also has been lauded by critics. Gauthier’s songs have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, and Jonathan Jackson, on the ABC-TV series Nashville. 

Mac Wiseman: Conversation and Performance

September 19, 2015

September 19, 2015 Country Music Hall of Fame member Mac Wiseman has made more than sixty albums, filled with folk, country, bluegrass, pop, and rock & roll music. Known as “the voice with a heart,” Wiseman, ninety, began recording in 1946, with Molly O’Day. He was a lead vocalist for Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys and an original member of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs’s Foggy Mountain Boys. He was the Country Music Association’s first secretary, and Dot Records’ country A&R director from 1957 to 61. Wiseman has recorded with big band legend Woody Herman, songwriting hero John Prine, Rock…

Interview: Don Henley

September 17, 2015

September 17, 2015 As a founding member of the Eagles and as a solo artist, Don Henley has scored such enduring pop hits as “Desperado,” “Hotel California,” “The Long Run,” “The Boys of Summer,” “The Heart of the Matter,” and “The End of the Innocence.” He is an eight-time Grammy winner, and a preservationist who founded the Walden Woods Project and the Caddo Lake Institute for ecological education and research. Henley’s September 25, 2015 release, Cass County, is his first solo album in fifteen years. It features contributions from Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert, and…

Panel Discussion: Dylan Disc by Disc: The Nashville Recordings

September 16, 2015

September 16, 2015 Jon Bream is a music critic for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and author of the just-published book Dylan: Disc by Disc, in which he talks with fifty-five musicians, journalists, and scholars about every album recorded by Dylan. Bream hosted a conversation about the albums Dylan recorded in Nashville, including Nashville Skyline and Blonde on Blonde. Guests included singer-songwriter Marshall Chapman, steel guitarist and guest curator of the museum exhibit Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats Pete Finney, author and producer Holly George-Warren, music journalist Geoffrey Himes, and singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock. This program was offered in support of the…

Hall of Fame Member Bobby Braddock to Discuss Memoir at the Museum

September 15, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn., – September 14, 2015 – Country Music Hall of Fame member Bobby Braddock will share stories and tales from his new memoir, Bobby Braddock: A Life on Nashville’s Music Row, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. Hosted by museum staff member Jay Orr, Braddock will share some of the colorful stories that fill the pages of his second memoir—this one chronicling his remarkable songwriting career. Braddock will read selections from his book, and he will have a piano nearby, to illustrate the talk with music. Bobby Braddock:…

Museum Unveils Refreshed 2|22 Eatery

September 15, 2015

The Return to Full-Service Dining Offers a Metropolitan Twist on Southern Favorites NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Sept. 15, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum announced today the return of full-service dining to 2|22 Eatery. Using local farmers and growers to provide the best possible quality in meats and produce, the refreshed restaurant offers a metropolitan twist on Southern favorites, as well as an updated look and name. Located at 222 5th Avenue South, the restaurant takes its name from its downtown location. Under the direction of the museum’s executive chef, Bobby Hammock, and sous chef, Ian Coppock,…

Eric Church: Inside the Outsider Opens Next Friday And Runs Through February 2016

September 10, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 10, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore the life and career of this year’s top CMA Awards nominee Eric Church in the exhibition Eric Church: Inside the Outsider, which opens September 18, 2015, and runs through February 2016. With hits such as “Springsteen” and “Talladega,” Platinum albums Chief and The Outsiders, and multiple ACM and CMA Awards, Church maintains an authenticity that resonates deeply with fans. His musical hybrid incorporates influences ranging from Merle Haggard to Metallica, breaking down genre barriers. “Eric Church is a risk-taker who has blurred genre lines and…

Poets and Prophets: A Salute to Legendary Songwriter Dickey Lee

September 05, 2015

September 5, 2015 Memphis native Dickey Lee released some of his earliest singles on Sam Phillips’s Sun record label, in 1957 and ’58. In the early 1960s Lee moved to Beaumont, Texas, to work with Sun alumnus “Cowboy” Jack Clement, who produced Lee’s Top Ten pop hit, “Patches.” Clement also published Lee’s first hit as a songwriter, “She Thinks I Still Care,” an instant classic, as recorded by George Jones. Lee arrived in Nashville in 1969 and had a number of country chart singles while writing songs for other artists. Lee wrote “Let’s Fall to Pieces Together” (George Strait), “You’re…

The Americana Music Association and the Museum Present Keynote Interview with Don Henley

September 04, 2015

Programs feature Mary Gauthier, Country Music Hall of Fame member Mac Wiseman and journalist Jon Bream Don Henley – Photo by Danny Clinch The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum and the Americana Music Association continue their partnership this year, presenting stellar events in the Ford Theater and CMA Theater during the 16th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, September 15-20, 2015.  Americanafest 2015 will feature more than175 showcase performances and more than 50 educational workshops and panels, making it Nashville’s most comprehensive music education event.   Festival and conference registrations may be purchased HERE ($365 for Americana Music Association members…

13th Annual Artist-In-Residence: Rosanne Cash: September 3, 2015

September 03, 2015

The lives and careers of Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, and Lucinda Williams have intersected for decades. But the three veterans had never shared a stage before—until Thursday night (September 3, 2015). Cash recruited her fellow Southern roots-music queens for the second of her three concerts as the 2015 artist-in-residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. There were tears, simply because the principals were so happy to share the evening; there were stories, some that had never been told, and will never be told again; there was mutual praise a-plenty, as each testified as to how much inspiration…

13th Annual Artist-In-Residence: Rosanne Cash: September 2, 2015

September 02, 2015

Rosanne Cash explored her musical history, in reverse, during the opening night of three special performances as the 2015 artist-in-residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. As Museum Chief Executive Officer Kyle Young explained in his introductory remarks, each of Cash’s performances will be unique, with different songs, different band members, and different guests. For her first concert, she focused on her Grammy-winning 2014 album, The River and the Thread. “We’re going to perform the album in sequence,” Cash said, “which is something I’ve always wanted to do.” The second segment of the concert drew on Cash’s…

Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips Opens Friday at the Museum

August 25, 2015

Flyin' Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips in the newly-remodeled exhibition space NASHVILLE, Tenn., – August 25, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will unveil Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips this Friday, August 28, 2015. The exhibition will run through June 2016 and is the first to appear in the museum’s recently expanded East Gallery, which has almost doubled in size, to 1500 square feet. One of the most innovative and inspiring figures in the history of American music, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips introduced the…

Paul Simon To Join Lineup At Museum’s All For The Hall New York Benefit October 6

August 21, 2015

Concert also stars Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood NASHVILLE, Tenn., August 21, 2015—Twelve-time Grammy winner Paul Simon has been added to the stellar lineup for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s All for the Hall New York benefit concert on October 6 at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square. Simon will join award-winning Grand Ole Opry members Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, as well as Country Music Hall of Fame (and Opry) members Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris in a guitar-pull format performance. Concert tickets for mezzanine seating go on sale today, Friday,…

Museum Honors Former Sun Records Artist Dickey Lee in Poets and Prophets Songwriting Series Sept.5, 2015, at 1:30 p.m.

August 19, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn., – August 19, 2015 – Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Member Dickey Lee will share stories and songs in the acclaimed songwriter series Poets and Prophets, at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Saturday, Sept. 5, at 1:30 p.m. Hosted by Museum Editor Michael Gray, the ninety-minute interview will be illustrated with recordings, photos and film clips from Lee’s career, and Lee will offer a brief performance. Poets and Prophets is included with museum admission and free to museum members. Seating is limited, and passes are required for admittance. Museum members may reserve their program passes…

Songwriter Session: Larry Gatlin

August 15, 2015

August 15, 2015 With soaring melodies and tight sibling harmonies, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers scored dozens of country hits—almost all penned by Larry—including, “All the Gold in California,” “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You),” “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love,” “Love of a Lifetime,” “Talkin’ to the Moon,” and the 1976 Grammy-winning Country Song of the Year, “Broken Lady.” Gatlin also wrote songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich, Barbara Streisand, and Dottie West.

Limited Tickets Remain for the Museum’s 2015 Artist-in-Residence, Rosanne Cash

August 13, 2015

Tickets Still Available for Sept. 2 Performance Featuring Special Guests Sept. 3 and Sept. 24 Dates Are Sold Out NASHVILLE, Tenn., – August 13, 2015 – Rosanne Cash, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s 2015 artist-in-residence, has sold out two performances, Sept. 3 and 24, at the museum. Limited tickets remain for her Sept. 2 performance. With a career spanning almost four decades, Cash has recorded 15 albums, and earlier this year she won three Grammys for her latest, The River and the Thread. On it she explores her deep roots in the South and delivers some of…

Music Masters: Jeff Stevens

August 08, 2015

August 8, 2015 Jeff Stevens began producing and co-writing with Luke Bryan on his first album, I’ll Stay Me, in 2007, and the two have been musical collaborators ever since. In the 1980s, Stevens led a band, Jeff Stevens and the Bullets, that recorded for Atlantic America Records before breaking up in 1990. Stevens continued as a solo artist for Atlantic before transitioning into songwriting, scoring big hits with Tracy Byrd, Tim McGraw, and George Strait. Stevens’s first significant success as a producer came when he started working with Bryan. Stevens produced and co-wrote Bryan’s first hit, “All My Friends…

Museum Celebrates New Sam Phillips Exhibit with Two Weekends of Programs

August 06, 2015

Historian Peter Guralnick to Host Panel Discussion, Followed by Tribute Concert to Sam Phillips Featuring Sonny Burgess, Luther Dickinson, Chuck Mead, Jerry Phillips, the Secret Sisters and More on August 29 Former Sun Recording Artist Dickey Lee will be Honored in the Museum’s Poets and Prophets Songwriting Series on September 5 NASHVILLE, Tenn., – August 6, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will unveil Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips on Friday, August 28, 2015. The exhibition, which will run through June 2016, is co-curated by the museum’s curatorial team and…

Songwriter Round: The Peach Pickers

August 01, 2015

On Saturday, August 1, 2015, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum presented a songwriter session with two members of The Peach Pickers - Dallas Davidson and Rhett Akins. The songwriting collaborations of the Peach Pickers (Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, and Ben Hayslip) have yielded dozens of #1 singles, including many recorded by fellow Georgian Luke Bryan. The writers have touched the Bryan hits “Country Girl (Shake It for Me),” “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” “Play It Again,” “Rain Is a Good Thing,” and “That’s My Kind of Night.” Davidson and Akins performed and discussed songwriting in…

Getty Images and the Museum Collaborate to Bring Iconic Country Music Imagery to the World

July 30, 2015

Partnership Will Help Fund Museum’s Ongoing Digitization Effort and Raise Awareness of Massive 2.5 Million Artifacts in Collection Pictured: A young Brenda Lee performs in Nashville’s Centennial Park. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Elmer Williams Collection is available here. New York, NY, and Nashville, TN – July 30, 2015 – Getty Images, the world leader in visual communications, is teaming up with the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum to make available for global licensing an unrivaled collection of historic country music images from the museum’s archives. This is the first collaboration of its kind for…

Eric Church to Be Featured in Cameo Exhibit at the Museum

July 28, 2015

Eric Church: Inside the Outsider Opens September 18 NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 28, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore the life and career of Eric Church with the cameo exhibition, Eric Church: Inside the Outsider, which opens September 18, 2015, and runs through February 2016. The exhibition will examine the North Carolina native’s path to stardom, with stage wear, guitars, song manuscripts, photos and more from his personal collection. “Eric Church is an independent-minded artist with an uncompromising attitude that is rare in contemporary country music,” said museum CEO Kyle Young. “His insistence on doing things…

Rosanne Cash Selected as 2015 Artist-in-Residence at the Museum

July 08, 2015

Full-band performance of The River and the Thread, for the first time in Nashville, on September 2 Special Guests to Include Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams on September 3 John Leventhal on September 24 NASHVILLE, Tenn., – July 8, 2015 –Rosanne Cash will be the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s 2015 artist-in-residence. A Grammy-winning singer and songwriter, Cash has recorded 15 albums and is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Grammys for her latest album The River and the Thread. As artist-in-residence, she will present intimate performances on September 2, 3, and 24, at 7:00 p.m.—each with…

Dylan, Cash, And The Nashville Cats Album Release Concert

July 07, 2015

July 7, 2015 To celebrate the release of Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, a two-disc audio companion to the exhibition of the same name, the Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum hosted a free concert on 5th Avenue South, between Demonbreun Street and Korean Veterans Boulevard. The all-star line-up of artists performing included John Carter Cash and Ana Cristina, Julie Christensen, Radney Foster, Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Jamie Hartford, Al Kooper, Kathy Mattea, Tracy Nelson (who contributed to the album’s liner notes), Michael Nesmith (Monkees), Jason Ringenberg (Jason & The Scorchers),…

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood to Perform at Museum’s Fundraiser All for the Hall New York October 6

July 07, 2015

AFTH Benefit Concert also starring Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris to take place at Times Square Best Buy Theater NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 7, 2015— In an intimate, guitar pull format, Grammy award winners Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, as well as Country Music Hall of Fame members Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris, will perform at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum fundraiser All for the Hall New York, Tuesday, October 6. The event will take place at the Times Square Best Buy Theater, uniting country music’s most accomplished artists and most generous supporters. A limited number of VIP…

Charlie Daniels Joins FREE All-Star Concert Hosted by the Museum Tomorrow, July 7, at 5 p.m.

July 06, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn., – July 6, 2015 – Country music legend Charlie Daniels will join tomorrow’s FREE concert hosted by the Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum. The event will celebrate the release of Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, a two-disc audio companion to the exhibition of the same name. Festivities will be held on 5th Avenue South, between Demonbreun Street and Korean Veterans Boulevard and begin at 5 p.m. The concert begins at 6 p.m. In the event of rain, performances will be moved inside, to the museum’s Event Hall.   Daniels joins…

Conversation: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Unbroken Circle

July 02, 2015

On July 2, 2015, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hosted a conversation with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band entitled The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Unbroken Circle. Moderated by Peter Cooper, Dirt Band members Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter, and John McEuen discussed the three Will the Circle Be Unbroken album projects, talked about encounters with their heroes and peers, and shared insight into these remarkable recordings. ​ The Dirt Band members discussed their experiences when, in August of 1971, they entered Nashville’s Woodland Sound Studios to play host to a multi-generational parade of country notables, including…

Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery to Showcase New Exhibit Jim Sherraden: Personal Woodcuts

June 23, 2015

Exhibit Opens Friday, July 3, and Runs Through Saturday, August 8 NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 23, 2015—Hatch Show Print, a historic property of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum since 1992 and one of the oldest working letterpress shops in America, will offer visitors a comprehensive look at the work of the shop’s master printer in a new installation Jim Sherraden: Personal Woodcuts. The exhibit will reside in Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery and will feature woodcut prints dating from the beginning of Sherraden’s 30-year career as a printmaker up to recent multimedia interpretations. The show will open during…

The Museum Announces Exhibition about Legendary Producer Sam Phillips

June 18, 2015

Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips Opens August 28, 2015 NASHVILLE, Tenn., – June 18, 2015 – One of the most innovative and inspiring figures in the history of American music, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips introduced the world to Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich, Rufus Thomas, Ike Turner and many more. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore Phillips’s life and career with the exhibition Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips, which opens August 28, 2015.…

New Exhibit Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When Opens July 3 at the Museum

June 17, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 17, 2015—The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will examine the career and personal journey of three-time Grammy winner Trisha Yearwood in a summer exhibition, Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When. The exhibit opens July 3 and runs through December. On Thursday, July 9, the museum will host an Interview and Performance with Trisha Yearwood in the CMA Theater. Passes for the program may be reserved ahead of time with museum membership or pre-purchased admission to the museum. "It's such a thrill to see my life and career milestones displayed in an exhibit at the Country…

Lloyd Green, Charlie McCoy and Norbert Putnam to Appear on CBS This Morning Wednesday to Discuss Exhibit and Album Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City Presented by Citi

June 16, 2015

Album Features Unreleased Bob Dylan Track; Available Everywhere Today NASHVILLE, Tenn., – June 16, 2015 –Lloyd Green, Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy and Norbert Putnam will appear on CBS This Morning tomorrow, Wednesday, June 17. The trio of Nashville Cats will discuss the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s exhibition Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City and the two-disc companion album of the same name. The album Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music Cityfeatures an unreleased version of Bob Dylan's "If Not for You" and 35 other essential tracks.…

Songwriter Session: Will Hoge

June 13, 2015

June 13, 2015 On June 13, 2015, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hosted a Songwriter Session with Will Hoge. Will Hoge’s April, 2015 release, Small Town Dreams, is a collection of songs, including “Middle of America,” that use magnetic melodies and poignant lyrics to chronicle heartland life. Hoge spent years growing a loyal fan base through touring and recording. In 2012, he caught country radio success when “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” co-written with Eric Paslay and recorded by Eli Young Band, went to #1 and was nominated for CMA, ACM, and Grammy awards.  The next…

Grand Ole Opry Star And Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee Jim Ed Brown Has Died

June 11, 2015

Jim Ed Brown, a star of the Grand Ole Opry for more than fifty years and a newly elected member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, died June 11, 2015, at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, TN, after battling cancer. Mr. Brown scored major country hits as a solo artist, as a duet singer, and as a member of the Browns with his sisters Maxine and Bonnie. The Browns’ 1959 crossover smash, “The Three Bells,” topped Billboard’s country chart for ten consecutive weeks, and it spent four weeks atop Billboard’s all-genre singles chart. “If you listen to the Browns,…

Panel And Performance: CMT’s Next Women of Country

June 11, 2015

On June 11, 2015, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hosted a Panel Discussion and Performance with some of CMT’s Next Women of Country, an initiative that highlights emerging female country artists through exclusive videos and performances. Leslie Fram, CMT senior vice president, music strategy, moderated this in-the-round showcase and candid discussion with some of the female artists involved in the program. Kelsea Ballerini’s debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” was a #1 radio hit, and she was a part of CMT’s first-ever Next Women of Country Tour this spring. After winning season four of The…

Special Program: Audio Architects of the Nashville Sound

June 07, 2015

June 7, 2015 The Nashville Chapter of the Audio Engineering Society pays tribute to the city’s recording pioneers in this annual program. "Nashville would never have become a recording center without the engineers," so says Country Music Hall of Fame guitarist Harold Bradley. This 2015 honorees were recording engineers Jim Malloy, Tom Pick, and Charlie Tallent; mastering engineer Randy Kling; audio equipment designer Paul Buff; and influential Belmont University educator Robert E. Mulloy, who was the driving force behind the development of the school’s music business program.  Participants shared stories, and honorees or their representatives received the AES Nashville Lifetime…

God Save Kingston Springs! Cash, Kris, Cowboy, Shel, and the Great Train Wreck of 1973.

June 06, 2015

June 6, 2015 The museum hosted a panel discussion, God Save Kingston Springs! Cash, Kris, Cowboy, Shel, and the Great Train Wreck of 1973. Moderated by Peter Cooper, the program featured images, video, and audio recordings key to the story as well as live performances from the participants. Presented in support of the exhibit Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City presented by Citi. Take Vince Matthews and Jim Casey—two laid-back country pickers, with laid-back country minds—add big ideas, little white pills, homemade wine, and the creative and financial support of four country music titans: Johnny Cash, Cowboy Jack…

Museum Hosting FREE All-Star Concert on Tuesday, July 7

June 04, 2015

Evening Celebrates Launch of New Album Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City Available in Stores June 16 NASHVILLE, Tenn., – June 4, 2015 – To celebrate the release of Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, a two-disc audio companion to the exhibition of the same name, the Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum will host a FREE concert to be held on 5th Avenue South, between Demonbreun Street and Korean Veterans Boulevard, on July 7, hosted by Hippie Radio’s Whit Hubner and Chris Lucky. The all-star line-up of artists set…

Nashville Cats: A Salute to Arranger and Musical Director Bill Walker

May 30, 2015

May 30, 2015 The museum’s quarterly program series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians returned Saturday, May 30, with arranger and musical director Bill Walker.  Hosted by John Rumble, senior historian at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Musuem, the program was presented in support of the exhibition Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City presented by Citi. It included an in-depth interview illustrated with vintage recordings, photos and film clips. A successful music arranger and director, Walker worked with Johnny Cash, Eddy Arnold, the Statler Brothers, Chet Atkins, Ray Charles, Loretta Lynn, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Ann-Margret and many…

Museum Prepares for Music Fest Week Activities presented by Xfinity including Autograph Signings and Performances

May 26, 2015

Museum Offering Ticket Bundle with Fan Fair X and Last Chance to See Kenny Rogers and Alan Jackson Exhibitions NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 26, 2015 –The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum welcomes thousands of country music fans to the CMA Music Festival, June 11-14. The museum will offer a packed week of activities, presented by Xfinity, beginning Wednesday, June 10. In addition to autograph signings, performances, special programs, and the new exhibition Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary, the museum will offer a last chance to see the exhibitions Kenny Rogers: Through the Years, closing June 15, and Alan Jackson:…

Songwriter Session: Ashley Gorley and Rodney Clawson

May 23, 2015

May 23, 2015 In support of the exhibit Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary, hit songwriters Ashley Gorley and Rodney Clawson performed some of the #1 hits they penned for Bryan, including “Crash My Party,” “Drunk on You,” “I See You,” “Play It Again,” and “That’s My Kind of Night.”  Gorley also wrote “All American Girl” and “Good Girl” (Carrie Underwood); “Don’t Ya” (Brett Eldredge); “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” (Randy Houser); “Rewind” (Rascal Flatts); “Start a Band” (Keith Urban and Brad Paisley); and “You’re Gonna Miss This” (Trace Adkins). Clawson’s other hits include “Crazy Town” (Jason Aldean); “Get Your Shine On” and…

Arranger and Musical Director Bill Walker Named Next Nashville Cat

May 21, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 21, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s quarterly program series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians returns Saturday, May 30, with arranger and musical director Bill Walker. The 1:30 p.m. interview, held in the museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members. The program will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming. Hosted by John Rumble, senior historian at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Musuem, the program is presented in support of the exhibition Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City presented by Citi. It will…

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band To Perform As Part Of The Museum’s Summer Membership Appreciation Program, The Big Gig

May 18, 2015

On Thursday, July 2, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will perform in the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum at 7:00 p.m. The performance is a part of the museum’s summer membership appreciation program, The Big Gig. The event is free for members; non-members are invited to attend by purchasing one of the museum’s membership packages, which start at $45 and provide numerous benefits.  The evening will feature a performance by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in Nashville’s elegant new music venue. A Hatch Show Print poster will commemorate the experience. In addition to admission…

Chase Bryant to Host Museum’s Annual Words & Music Night

May 14, 2015

On Thursday, May 21, 2015, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate its flagship education program, Words & Music. For 36 years, Words & Music has connected students with professional songwriters for a one-of-a-kind lesson in musical composition and language skills, offering educators a unique approach to teaching core curriculum. Since its inception in 1979, over 100,000 students and teachers have participated in Words & Music. The heart of the museum’s school programs, Words & Music allows students to express themselves through creative writing while connecting them with Nashville’s songwriting community. Middle Tennessee participants and their families…

Museum Announces New Exhibition Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When

May 13, 2015

Photo Credit: Randee St. Nicholas EXHIBITION OPENS JULY 3, 2015, AND RUNS UNTIL DECEMBER 2015 NASHVILLE, Tenn., – May 12 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will delve into the creative and personal journey of one of country music’s most influential female artists, Trisha Yearwood, with the exhibition Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When. The exhibition opens July 3, 2015, and runs through December 2015. Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When will chronicle Yearwood’s life, career, and critically acclaimed musical achievements. The story begins in her tiny hometown, Monticello, Georgia, and is followed by a move to…

Two-Disc Album to Accompany Museum’s Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City Presented by Citi

May 12, 2015

Album Featuring an Unreleased Bob Dylan Track Is Available Everywhere Tuesday, June 16 Exclusive Spotify Playlist with Commentary from Charlie Daniels Available Now  Summer Concert Planned to Celebrate the Album on July 7 NASHVILLE, Tenn., – May 12, 2015 – Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and Country Music Foundation Records (CMF Records) announce the upcoming release of Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, a two-disc audio companion to the exhibition of the same name currently on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum. Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville…

Conversation and Performance: Kim Carnes

May 09, 2015

May 9, 2015 On May 9, 2015, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hosted a Conversation and Performance with Kim Carnes. Moderated by Peter Cooper, the program featured images, video, and audio recordings from Kim Carnes’s illustrious career. Carnes’s instantly identifiable voice and deft songwriting have made her an award-winner, a hit-maker, and a longtime force in pop and country music. Her 1981 smash, “Bette Davis Eyes,” a nine-week #1 hit, won two Grammy awards, and she has written well-loved songs for Barbara Streisand, Tim McGraw, Tanya Tucker, Reba McEntire and Vince Gill, and many more. Her career…

Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary Presented by Citi Opens May 22 and Runs through November 8

May 07, 2015

Opening Festivities to Include Songwriter Session and Family Program with More Planned for Exhibition’s Run NASHVILLE, Tenn., – May 7, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore the life and career of reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan with the summer exhibition Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary presented by Citi, which opens May 22 and runs through November 8.  Opening weekend festivities will include a songwriter session on May 23 at 2 p.m. featuring Ashley Gorley and Rodney Clawson, who’ve written many #1 hits for Bryan. Family programming at 12:30 p.m.…

‘Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend’ Ends this Weekend at the Museum

May 04, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 4, 2015 –The spotlight exhibit devoted to country star Tanya Tucker will end its run at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on May 10, 2015. Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend tells Tucker’s story through a collection of artifacts that illustrate her tough and tender duality and ahead-of-her-time tenure as a female country crossover star. Gorgeous stage costumes, including Nudie’s Rodeo Tailor designs from very early in her career and gowns worn at award shows, contrast with Tucker’s numerous National Cutting Horse Association awards and a Harley-Davidson 1992 Screamin' Eagle—customized in her special hue…

Museum Participating in The Big Payback

April 29, 2015

Ford Driving Skills for Life Provides Free Admission for Those Who Donate to the Museum’s Big Payback Efforts Nashville, Tenn., —April 29, 2015— The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is taking part in The Big Payback, a region-wide, 24-hour, online giving event created to help Middle Tennessee non-profits raise funds vital to their work. In support of the museum’s participation, Ford Driving Skills for Life has committed $5,000 to provide an admission voucher to the museum – a value of $24.95 – to the first 200 people who make a donation of $25 or more to the Country…

The Man from Muscle Shoals: Rick Hall in Conversation with Peter Guralnick

April 18, 2015

April 18, 2015 As a producer, songwriter, and music business entrepreneur, Rick Hall helped shape the sound of American music. At his FAME studios, in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Hall produced legendary recordings by Mac Davis, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, and Jerry Reed. Renowned writer Peter Guralnick joined Hall in conversation about his career and his newly published autobiography The Man from Muscle Shoals: My Journey from Shame to Fame.  Museum programs are funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee and National Endowment for the Arts and supported by Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and Gibson Foundation. 

Museum To Refresh ACM Gallery With All-New Additions

April 16, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn., – April 16, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will update its ACM Gallery on April 24 with artifacts representing today’s hottest country artists, from Jason Aldean to the Band Perry and more. Museum visitors are invited to experience the latest chapter in country music’s ever-evolving story through a behind-the-scenes look at the music of today in the ACM Gallery. Chronicling all things new and noteworthy in country music from 2014, the update will include artifacts from artists like David Nail, Maddie & Tae, Hunter Hayes, Brett Eldredge, Jason Isbell, Justin Moore, and Jack…

In the News: Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats, Presented by Citi

March 31, 2015

The new exhibition Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City Presented by Citi opened March 27 to much acclaim. Check out all the buzz below! ‘Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats,’ an Unlikely Alliance of Rock and Country New York Times See Historic Photos of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash in Nashville Time Magazine.com Historic photos of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash to be showcased in Country Music Hall of Fame exhibition Entertainment Weekly  How Nashville cats set off the big bang when country met rock, in the Country Music Hall of Fame's eye-opening new exhibit  Nashville…

Instrument Demonstration: Charlie McCoy with Hoot Hester

March 29, 2015

March 29, 2015 Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy has worked on thousands of sessions, and his distinctive harmonica playing can be heard on “He Stopped Loving Her Today” (George Jones), “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” (Waylon Jennings), and “Take This Job and Shove It” (Johnny Paycheck). Accomplished on many different instruments, Charlie impressed Bob Dylan with his quick, creative guitar work at a New York session and the performance helped convince Dylan to record in Nashville. In the years following, McCoy also played sessions with Area Code 615, Johnny Cash, Gordon Lightfoot, Simon & Garfunkel, the…

Dylan, Cash, And The Nashville Cats: A New Music City, Presented By Citi Opens Tomorrow

March 26, 2015

Museum Partners with Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) for Getaway Sweepstakes Celebrating Exhibit Opening and Performance by Bob Dylan & His Band at TPAC April 27, 2015 NASHVILLE, Tenn., – March 26, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will unveil Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, presented by Citi, a major exhibition of more than 5,000 square feet, this Friday, March 27, 2015. The exhibition will run through December 31, 2016. The exhibition will explore Bob Dylan’s Nashville recordings in the 1960s and the impact he had on the local music industry.…

CMA Announces 2015 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees

March 25, 2015

The Country Music Association announced three newly elected inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Jim Ed Brown and the Browns will be inducted in the Veteran’s Era category.  The late Grady Martin will be inducted as a Recording and/or Touring Musician active prior to 1980.  The Oak Ridge Boys will be the 2015 inductee in the Modern Era category. These artists will be inducted during a special Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the CMA Theater later this year. During the Medallion Ceremony, friends and colleagues pay tribute to each inductee through…

Music Masters: Keith Stegall

March 21, 2015

March 21, 2015 Alan Jackson has worked with Keith Stegall since the beginning of Jackson’s career, and he credits the producer with helping him create his musical persona. Other newcomers who found success after collaborating with Stegall include Tracy Byrd, Terri Clark, Jamie O’Neal, Randy Travis, Mark Wills, and the Zac Brown Band. The Grammy-winning producer also has worked with George Jones, Reba McEntire, Aaron Neville, and Uncle Kracker. In his many years on Music Row, Stegall has been an artist, a label executive, and a songwriter. He has written hits for Dr. Hook, Al Jarreau, Kenny Rogers, George Strait,…

Songwriter Session: Adam Wright

March 21, 2015

March 21, 2015 Adam Wright wrote the Grammy-nominated song “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore” for his uncle Alan Jackson, as well as the Jackson-recorded songs “Ain’t Got Trouble Now,” “If Love Was a River,” “Knew All Along,” and Taillights Blue.” Wright’s many writing credits include “No Truck, No Boat, No Girl” (Joe Nichols); “The Way I’m Livin’” (Lee Ann Womack); “Wrong About You” (Garth Brooks); “You’re the Kind of Trouble” (Solomon Burke); and songs for the Wrights, Adam’s duo with wife Shannon, who have four albums. Presented in support of the exhibit Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’…

Museum’s Dylan Cash And The Nashville Cats: A New Music City, Presented By Citi To Be Accompanied By Book

March 20, 2015

Companion Volume Will Include Artwork by Jon Langford Album with Unreleased Dylan Track to Follow in Summer NASHVILLE, Tenn., – March 20, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum unveils Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, presented by Citi, a major exhibition of more than 5,000 square feet, on Friday, March 27, 2015. The exhibition will run through December 31, 2016. The exhibit will be accompanied by a richly detailed, lavishly illustrated, 112-page companion book, also titled Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City.  Published by the museum’s Country Music…

Grammy Award-Winning Band Asleep At The Wheel Live In The CMA Theater Friday, March 27

March 12, 2015

BAND RELEASES STILL THE KING: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF BOB WILLS AND HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS Tickets on Sale Now at CMATheater.com  NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 12, 2015: AEG Live/The Messina Group presents nine-time Grammy Award-winning band Asleep at the Wheel Live in the CMA Theater, Nashville’s hottest new music venue at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. The band will perform on Friday, March 27, 2015, at 7:30pm and will be joined by special guest, Elizabeth Cook. Their tour is in support of their third tribute to the late, great king of western swing, Still the King: Celebrating the…

Museum Announces Exhibition Dates For Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary

March 11, 2015

SUMMER EXHIBITION SERIES OPENS MAY 22 AND RUNS UNTIL NOVEMBER 8 NASHVILLE, Tenn., – March 11, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore the life and career of reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan with the summer exhibition Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary, which opens May 22 and runs through November 8.  The exhibition will examine the singer-songwriter’s roots and rise to stardom. Since beginning his music career in the mid-2000s, Bryan has gone from co-writing songs for other artists to selling millions of records, filling concert arenas, and receiving prestigious music awards.…

Nashville Cats: Salute to Bassist Michael Rhodes

March 07, 2015

March 7, 2015 Award-winning bassist Michael Rhodes started his musical career in his hometown, Monroe, Louisiana, and played professionally throughout his teens in both Austin, Texas, and Memphis, Tennessee. In 1977 he moved to Nashville, where he worked in the house band at Tree Publishing Company, cutting demos for Tree’s hit songwriters, before achieving first call status as one of Nashville's finest bass players. Rhodes has played with an impressive variety of artists during his career. His bass has graced hits in both country and pop, from Dolly Parton and Randy Travis to Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and…

Museum Celebrates New Exhibit Dylan, Cash, And The Nashville Cats: A New Music City, Presented by Citi, With Two Weekends Of Programs

February 26, 2015

On March 28 Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy Will Lead an All-Star Nashville Cats Band with Special Guests   On April 4 Charlie Daniels,Ron Cornelius, andSylvie Simmons Participate in a Panel Discussion on the Influences of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen NASHVILLE, Tenn., February 26, 2015 –The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will unveil Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, presented by Citi, a major exhibition of more than 5,000 square feet, on Friday, March 27, 2015. The exhibition will run through December 31, 2016. Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats:…

Museum Presents Celebrated Producer Keith Stegall On March 21

February 19, 2015

Programming in Support of the Exhibition Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country NASHVILLE, Tenn., February 19, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum presents an in-depth interview with music industry veteran Keith Stegall at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, in support of the exhibition Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country. The program is included with museum admission and free to museum members. Visit countrymusichalloffame.org for complete admission details. The program will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming. Museum Writer-Editor Michael McCall will host Producer Playback: An Interview with Keith Stegall in the museum’s Ford…

Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Rocks

February 18, 2015

Top executives promoted after year of record-breaking growth NASHVILLE, Tenn., February 15, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum announces that key members of the non-profit institution’s executive team have been promoted in recognition of their vital roles in shaping the museum’s recent growth and expansion. Sharon Brawner, vice president sales and marketing; Nina Burghard, vice president financial services and operations; and Carolyn Tate, vice president museum services, have each been promoted to senior vice president.  Jo Ellen Drennon McDowell has been upped from senior director to vice president of events management. “Each of these leaders has…

Renowned Bassist Michael Rhodes Named Next Nashville Cat

February 12, 2015

Program Set for March 7 at Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum  NASHVILLE, Tenn., February 12, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s quarterly program series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians returns Saturday, March 7, with renowned bassist Michael Rhodes. The 2:00 p.m. interview, held in the museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members. The program will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming. Hosted by Bill Lloyd, the program will include an in-depth, one-on-one interview illustrated with vintage recordings, photos and film clips from the museum’s Frist Library and Archive.…

Due To Popular Demand Museum Extends Alan Jackson Exhibit Through June 2015

January 29, 2015

Jackson’s 1955 Ford Thunderbird Will Return February 8-16 to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Fans Can Now Enter the “First Love Getaway” Contest Until February 6 for a Chance to Win a Romantic Valentine’s Weekend in Nashville NASHVILLE, Tenn., – January 29, 2015 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s special exhibition Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country, originally scheduled to close in March, has been extended through June 21, 2015. To celebrate the extension, the museum welcomes the return of Jackson’s cherished ’55 Ford Thunderbird, on display in the Curb Conservatory lobby, and the museum will stage…

Poets and Prophets: Salute to Legendary Songwriter Gretchen Peters

January 24, 2015

January 24, 2015 Gretchen Peters, when talking to young songwriters, emphasizes this advice: “You will have a lot more emotional impact if you paint a picture. If I put you in the middle of a scene as it’s happening, it has a lot more gravity if I just explain how everyone feels. If you can see a scene unfold, it has more emotional evidence.” Peters reflected on her career as a songwriter and performing artist as an honoree of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Poets and Prophets series. The quarterly program honors songwriters who have made a…

Museum To Feature Luke Bryan In Contemporary Exhibit

January 21, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn., January 21, 2015 – Opening May 2015, and running through November 2015, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s newly announced exhibition on Luke Bryanwill spotlight the country star’s meteoric career arc, from his roots in south Georgia, growing up the son of a peanut farmer, to his poignant, leap-of-faith move to Nashville, where he initially saw success as a hit songwriter for other artists before becoming one of the new century’s country superstars. The announcement was made at a press conference in the museum’s Ford Theater; Bryan also revealed plans for his 2015 summer tour and a…

Panel Discussion: Kenny Rogers And The First Edition

January 17, 2015

January 17, 2015 Five longtime members of the First Edition, discussing the band’s extensive run as a popular recording and touring act in the 1960s and 1970s, emphasized the importance of camaraderie and humor. The group addressed their history during a ninety-minute program attended by more than six hundred fans in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s CMA Theater. “It’s so nice when you can work with people you like,” said Kenny Rogers, who was a vocalist and bassist with the First Edition before embarking on his solo career in 1975. “It takes the work out of work.…

Museum To Honor Ronnie Milsap With Cameo Exhibit

January 12, 2015

Ronnie Milsap: A Legend in My Time opens February 6 “A Conversation With Ronnie Milsap” program February 7 NASHVILLE, Tenn., January 12, 2015 – Opening February 6, 2015, and running through August 2015, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s exhibition Ronnie Milsap: A Legend in My Time examines the 2014 Country Music Hall of Fame member’s career. One of the genre’s most consistent and enduring artists, Milsap emerged in the 1970s and went on to score 35 Billboard #1 country hits, win six Grammys and register major crossover hits on the Top 40, Adult Contemporary and even R&B Charts.…

Gretchen Peters To Be Honored In The Museum Series ‘Poets And Prophets’ On January 24

January 07, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn., January 7, 2015 – Newly inducted member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gretchen Peters will share stories and songs in the acclaimed songwriter series Poets and Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters, at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Saturday, January 24, at 2:00 p.m. Hosted by Museum Editor Michael Gray, the 90-minute program will include recordings, photos and film clips from the museum’s Frist Library and Archive. Poets and Prophets is included with museum admission and is free to museum members. Seating is limited, and passes are required for admittance. The interview and performance will be…

Dylan, Cash, And the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, Presented by Citi Exhibit To Feature Jon Langford Artwork

December 09, 2014

Exhibit opens March 27, 2015, for a two-year run NASHVILLE, Tenn., December 9, 2014 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has unveiled the artwork for its forthcoming exhibit Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, presented by Citi. Created by renowned artist and punk rocker Jon Langford, the commissioned painting will serve as the exhibit motif and inspiration for other artistic elements in the exhibit design. Langford is a founding member of influential punk band the Mekons and of pioneering hard-country rockers the Waco Brothers.  He was born in Newport, Wales, and studied fine…

Museum Exhibit The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country Closes December 31, 2014

December 01, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn., December 1, 2014 – After nearly three years, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will dim the lights on its major exhibition, The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country on December 31, 2014. This sweeping look at West Coast country music opened in March 2012 for a 21-month run but was extended due to its popularity with museum visitors. On March 27, 2015, the museum will shift focus from one sixties-era music community to another when Dylan, Cash, and The Nashville Cats: A New Music City, presented by Citi replaces Bakersfield. The new exhibit…

From Hillbilly to Rockabilly: The Country Roots of Rock & Roll with Jerry Zolten

November 22, 2014

November 22, 2014 Music historian, producer, and Penn State professor Jerry Zolten offered an entertaining visual and musical excursion into the early days of country music and the artists who profoundly influenced rock ‘n’ roll. Through historic performance clips, Zolten brought to life captivating stories of artists such as Jimmie Rodgers, Uncle Dave Macon, and Bill Monroe, and showed how they pointed the way to supercharged rock & rollers such as Elvis Presley and his rockabilly contemporaries. It was presented in partnership with Pennsylvania State University’s “Research on the Road” program.

The Museum Celebrates The Holiday Season With Programs And Events

November 18, 2014

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES, HOLIDAY CARD-MAKING WITH HATCH SHOW PRINT®, FILM SCREENINGS, PHOTOS WITH SANTA CLAUS AND MORE Deck the Hall Festivities Kick Off on Friday, November 28, with Tree Lighting and Performance by Country Music Hall of Fame legend Brenda Lee NASHVILLE, Tenn., November 18, 2014 – It’s time to Deck the Hall, Nashville’s new holiday tradition fusing music, art, learning opportunities, and yes, Santa Claus.  The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum invites you to come in out of the cold this holiday season with an offering full of educational and fun programs and events. Throughout the holiday season,…

Concert and Conversation: Ralph Peer and the Making of Country Music

November 15, 2014

November 15, 2014 Most music executives receive little public attention, despite their pivotal roles in making performers' achievements possible. Ralph Peer, a pioneering talent scout, record producer, music publisher, and artist manager, shaped country music's emergence as a commercial art form and led to his election to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1984. In this multi-media program, Barry Mazor, author of the newly published Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music, explores Peer’s work with Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest V. “Pop” Stoneman, the Carter Family, and other country greats. Singer/songwriter Shawn Camp performed.  Museum Senior Historian John…

Museum Debuts Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend

November 14, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. November 14, 2014 – Friends, family, and fans gathered at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Thursday, November 13 for a VIP reception to celebrate the opening of Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend. The exhibition, which covers highlights of Tucker’s colorful career, will run through May 2015. Pictured at the Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend opening reception are (l-r): The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Carolyn Tate, Tanya Tucker, daughters Presley Tucker and Layla Laseter, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Kyle Young. Photo by Jason Davis, Getty…

Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum: Jo Walker-Meador

November 12, 2014

November 12, 2014 Jo Walker-Meador wasn’t sure she wanted to work for the Country Music Association when approached to become the organization’s first full-time employee in 1958. D Kilpatrick, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, approached Walker-Meador about working for the new association, formed by industry insiders to represent all facets of the country music industry. “It seemed to me like a nothing job,” said Walker-Meador, reflecting back on her fateful decision. “But D convinced me. He was a pretty good salesman. He was sure I would love it.” Three years later, Walker-Meador was promoted to executive director of the…

Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough To Bend

November 12, 2014

OPENS NOVEMBER 14 AT COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM NASHVILLE, Tenn., November 12, 2014 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore the career of superstar Tanya Tucker with the exhibition Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend, opening November 14, 2014, and running through May 2015.  Tucker’s story is told through a collection of artifacts that illustrate her tough and tender duality and ahead-of-her-time tenure as a female country crossover star. Gorgeous stage costumes, including several Nudie’s Rodeo Tailor designs from very early in her career and gowns worn at award shows contrast with her numerous…

Nashville Cats: A Salute to Fiddler Stuart Duncan

November 01, 2014

November 1, 2014 ​Stuart Duncan is a master fiddler whose skill and imagination have made him one of the most in-demand musicians in America. Matt Glaser, longtime chair of the string department at the Berklee School of Music, has called Duncan “one of the finest, most fully realized violin players in any idiom.” A sampling of the artists with whom he has recorded—Elvis Costello, Béla Fleck, Mark Knopfler, Diana Krall, Yo Yo Ma, Panic at the Disco, Dolly Parton, Robert Plant, George Strait, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Shania Twain—underscores the breadth of his talent. A member of the Nashville Bluegrass…

Hank Cochran, Ronnie Milsap, And Mac Wiseman Inducted Into The Country Music Hall Of Fame

October 27, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn., October 27, 2014 – Hank Cochran, Ronnie Milsap, and Mac Wiseman each overcame extraordinarily difficult childhoods to put a distinctive footprint on American music history. Each now shares another accomplishment: they became the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 26, 2014. In a star-studded Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the three legendary figures were feted with heartfelt testimonials and stirring performances in a two-hour celebration in the museum’s 800-seat CMA Theater. In words and songs, the inductees’ triumphs were heralded, their legacies honored, and their achievements enshrined for…

Hank Cochran, Ronnie Milsap, And Mac Wiseman Inducted Into The Country Music Hall Of Fame

October 27, 2014

Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes, Alison Krauss, Jim Lauderdale, Martina McBride, R&B great Sam Moore, and Gene Watson among all-star cast paying tribute Hank Cochran, Ronnie Milsap, and Mac Wiseman each overcame extraordinarily difficult childhoods to put a distinctive footprint on American music history. Each now shares another accomplishment: they became the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 26, 2014. In a star-studded Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the three legendary figures were feted with heartfelt testimonials and stirring performances in a two-hour celebration in the museum’s 800-seat…

12th Annual Artist-In-Residence: Alan Jackson:  October 22, 2014

October 23, 2014

CMA Theater Alan Jackson ditched his normal set list for the second concert of two concerts as the 2014 artist-in-residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Instead, he took the sold-out crowd on a journey through his career. “I’m going to play some songs tonight that I don’t usually play,” Jackson said after opening the concert with “Gone Country.”  “I’m going to talk a little bit more, and tell some stories about my history and my career.” In his laid-back southern drawl, Jackson reminisced about his family, his roots in Newnan, Georgia, his early years in Nashville,…

Jo Walker-Meador To Be Honored In The Museum’s Eighth Annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum

October 21, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn., October 15, 2014 –  To honor the memory of a Bluegrass Hall of Fame icon, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will present an interview with longtime CMA Executive Director Jo Walker-Meador in the eighth annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at 6 p.m. in the Ford Theater. A reception will follow the program. The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. Reservations can be made by emailing rsvp@countrymusichalloffame.org or calling 615-416-2040. Made possible by the Gibson Foundation, the forum was established in 2007 to explore issues…

Poets and Prophets: Salute to Billy Edd Wheeler

October 18, 2014

October 18, 2014 Legendary songwriter Billy Edd Wheeler made a rare Nashville appearance to discuss his career and perform briefly. The program was illustrated with vintage photos, film footage, and recordings as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated Artober Nashville. West Virginia-born and Yale-educated, Billy Edd Wheeler was elected in 2000 to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. His many masterful compositions include “Coward of the County” (Kenny Rogers); “Jackson” (Johnny Cash and June Carter); “It’s Midnight” (Elvis Presley); and “Gimme Back My Blues” (Jerry Reed). Wheeler scored one major hit of his own with the novelty…

Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough To Bend

October 16, 2014

OPENS NOVEMBER 14 AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME ® AND MUSEUM NASHVILLE, Tenn., October 16, 2014 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore the career of superstar Tanya Tucker with the exhibition Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend, which opens November 14, 2014, and runs through May 2015.  Tanya Tucker’s talent blossomed early, despite being born into poverty in Texas and raised in ramshackle apartments and trailers in Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. She began performing on local shows at age six, and within years was a regular on a Phoenix TV program.  A Las Vegas agent…

Peter Cooper Joins Country Music Hall Of Fame® And Museum AS Museum Editor

October 14, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn., October 14, 2014 – Veteran Nashville journalist and longtime Tennessean reporter Peter Cooper will join the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as museum editor, effective November 10.  “We’re longtime admirers of Peter’s contributions to The Tennessean and his projects within the Nashville music community.” said Kyle Young, museum director, “We look forward to adding his expertise, ideas, and wit to our brain trust. He joins a vital intellectual team here that is the soul of the museum and includes Mick Buck, Jay Orr, Dr. John Rumble, Michael McCall, and Michael Gray.” Peter Cooper is one of…

Museum Announces Next Major Exhibition: Dylan, Cash, And The Nashville Cats: A New Music City, presented by Citi

October 13, 2014

Nashville, Tenn., October 13, 2014 - Bob Dylan. Neil Young. Leonard Cohen. The Byrds. Paul McCartney. Ringo Starr. Joan Baez. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. J.J. Cale. Linda Ronstadt. Leon Russell. Gordon Lightfoot. Steve Miller. Ian & Sylvia. The Monkees. Simon & Garfunkel. All were among the many rock and folk artists who came to Nashville in the late 1960s and early ’70s to work with the city’s versatile, hotshot session musicians, the “Nashville Cats.” The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's upcoming major exhibition, Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, presented by Citi, will explore…

Alan Jackson Performed First Of Two Record-Breaking Sold Out Artist-In-Residence Shows

October 13, 2014

CONCERT COINCIDES WITH NEW EXHIBIT Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country Nashville, Tenn., October 9, 2014 – Alan Jackson mixed rarities, hits, and a new song that his band had not yet learned during a two-and-a-half-hour concert on the opening night of two special performances as the 2014 artist-in-residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Expanding his set to twenty-nine songs, Jackson spotlighted well-known radio hits from his twenty-five-year career, ranging from early gems like “Here in the Real World,” “Home,” and “Chattahoochee” to more recent songs like “Good Time,” his Grammy-winning Zac Brown duet…

Ronnie Milsap And Gene Watson “Deck The hall” With Holiday Concerts

October 09, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn., October 9, 2014 – The holiday season is just around the corner, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will educate, entertain and spread extra cheer with its annual “Deck the Hall” offerings. A pair of very special holiday concerts from Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Ronnie Milsap (November 29) and country legend Gene Watson (December 6), kick off the month-long festivities. Just a month after his Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Milsap will perform a holiday show on Saturday, November 29. Ticket prices range from $35-$55 (plus ticketing fees). Then, on Saturday, December 6, Gene Watson…

12th Annual Artist-In-Residence: Alan Jackson: October 8, 2014

October 09, 2014

Alan Jackson mixed rarities, hits, and a new song that his band had not yet learned during a two-and-a-half-hour concert on the opening night of two special performances as the 2014 artist-in-residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Expanding his set to twenty-nine songs, Jackson spotlighted well-known radio hits from his twenty-five-year career, ranging from early gems like “Here in the Real World,” “Home,” and “Chattahoochee” to more recent songs like “Good Time,” his Grammy-winning Zac Brown duet “As She’s Walking Away,” and the Grammy-nominated “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore.” But the unexpected songs…

Fiddle Virtuoso Stuart Duncan Named Next Nashville Cat

October 07, 2014

Program Set for November 1 at Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum  NASHVILLE, Tenn., October 7, 2014 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s quarterly program series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians returns Saturday, November 1, with fiddle virtuoso Stuart Duncan.  The 1:30 p.m. interview, held in the museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members. The program will be streamed live at www.countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming. Hosted by Bill Lloyd, the program will include an in-depth, one-on-one interview illustrated with vintage recordings, photos and film clips from the museum’s Frist Library and…

Lisa Davis Purcell Joins Country Music Hall Of Fame® And Museum As VP Development

September 30, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn., September 30, 2014 – Lisa Davis Purcell is the newly appointed vice president of development for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  In that role, she oversees the museum’s efforts to generate contributed income and support its mission to preserve the evolving history and traditions of country music and educate diverse audiences. “Lisa is the perfect fit for us at this juncture in the museum’s rapid and sustained growth,” said Kyle Young, Museum Director. “She’s a mission-oriented executive and well integrated into both the non-profit and music industry sectors of Nashville. And, as a longtime member…

Songwriter Session: Billy Joe Shaver

September 26, 2014

Johnny Cash, Tom T. Hall, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson—great songwriters all—each have recorded several Billy Joe Shaver songs over the years. That speaks to Shaver’s top-rank standing among Country Music Hall of Fame artists: His songs pack an emotional punch, all told in a colorful language all of his own. Shaver’s best-known songs—“Georgia on a Fast Train,” “Honky Tonk Heroes,” “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal,” “Live Forever,” “You Asked Me To”—represent the pinnacle of hard-knuckled, open-hearted Texas songwriting. Shaver’s new album, Long in the Tooth, is yet another honky- tonk gem. Presented in partnership with…

Interview: Ry Cooder with Barry Mazor

September 19, 2014

Extraordinary slide guitarist, producer, composer, and roots music champion Ry Cooder has played a central role in shaping American music for nearly fifty years. He has added prized string textures to the records of everyone from Rodney Crowell to the Rolling Stones, Phil Ochs to Pop Staples, Bobby Bare to Captain Beefheart.  His groundbreaking solo albums of the 1970s introduced flavor after flavor of American and world roots music to pop and rock audiences, while demonstrating that the exploration was allowed to be fun. His soundtracks for such films as The Long Ryders, Streets of Fire, and Paris, Texas; his…

Interview: Marty Stuart with Scott Goldman

September 18, 2014

Marty Stuart grew up in Mississippi, where he listened to local radio station WHOC.  Stuart recalls the station fondly as “one thousand watts of pure pleasure.”  For over forty years the multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer, historian, and five-time Grammy winner has taken the essence of all that he heard—country, gospel, rock, soul—and become a messenger for the rootsy heart and soul of country music.  Stuart’s forthcoming double album, Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, provides the perfect backdrop for a conversation with GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Vice President Scott Goldman about his stellar career and the influence of his Mississippi roots.…

Songwriting Great BIlly Edd Wheeler Named Next Poet And Prophet

September 11, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn., September 10, 2014 – Songwriting legend Billy Edd Wheeler, who has supplied smash hits for Kenny Rogers and Johnny Cash & June Carter, will share his stories and songs as the next subject of the acclaimed songwriter series, Poets and Prophets, at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Saturday, October 18, at 1:30 p.m. Hosted by Museum Editor Michael Gray, the 90-minute program will include recordings, photos and film clips from the museum’s Frist Library and Archive. Held in the museum’s Ford Theater, Poets and Prophets is included with museum admission and is free to museum…

Country Music Hall Of Fame® And Museum Highlights Ralph Peer With Exhibit

September 11, 2014

NASHVILLE, TN (September 11, 2014) – Ralph Peer: Record Man, an intimate exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, will be unveiled September 12. He hailed from Independence, Missouri, but the mark Ralph S. Peer left on popular music spread across the globe. He was a pioneer in recording, music publishing and artist management. He was, in all capacities, a record man. The exhibit will be located within the museum’s permanent exhibition and will run through December 31, 2014. Barry Mazor, author of the forthcoming book Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music, will participate…

Banjo Duo Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn Live in the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, November 8, 8:00 p.m.

September 10, 2014

Tickets on sale Friday, Sept. 12 at 10:00 a.m. on cmatheater.com Debut eponymous album set for October release on Rounder Records NASHVILLE, TN (September 10, 2014) – Nashville-based banjo duo Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn celebrate their eponymous first duo record live in the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday, November 8, in conjunction with their record release on Tuesday, October 7. With her earthy sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter, and his virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity fused with bluegrass roots— the music of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is a different matter entirely.…

Panel Discussion: Fifty Years of the ACM Awards

September 06, 2014

September 6, 2014 From the first informal awards ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium in 1966 to today’s star-studded show on CBS, generations of country stars have appeared on the Academy of Country Music Awards stage. Celebrating the show’s fiftieth anniversary in 2015, the Academy will stage the largest awards show ever, at Texas’s AT&T Stadium –Home of the Dallas Cowboys—for a crowd of 65,000 and millions of viewers at home. In conjunction with Insight Editions, the Academy will also release This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards, a book celebrating five decades of great…

Interview: Kenny Rogers

August 19, 2014

August 16, 2014 Kenny Rogers credits some cogent advice from his mother for providing him a philosophical code for his life and his career. “Always be happy where you are,” Lucille Rogers told her son. “Never be content to be there, but if you’re unhappy where you are, you’ll never be happy. And I think I’ve really lived up to that. Even at the bottom moments of my career, because I was still making music, I was doing what I set out to do, and I was happy.” Rogers cited his mother’s counsel several times during a public interview at…

Country Music Hall Of Fame® And Museum Gears Up For Alan Jackson Exhibit Opening

August 19, 2014

Jackson’s prized car and special museum programs mark the occasion NASHVILLE, Tenn., August 19, 2014 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is gearing up for the forthcoming exhibit Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country, with an opening-weekend-only artifact on display and special, exhibit-related programs. Country fans and car enthusiasts take note. From August 29 through September 1, Jackson’s 1955 Ford Thunderbird convertible will be on display in the museum’s Curb Conservatory.  Having saved his money since he was 12 years old, Jackson bought the car when he was 15. He restored it with his dad,…

Producer Playback: Interview with Frank Liddell

August 18, 2014

August 2, 2014 Miranda Lambert knew Frank Liddell would be her producer before he did, Liddell said during a broad-ranging public interview at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Lambert heard Liddell’s work on Electric, a record by Jack Ingram—a native Texan like Lambert and Liddell—and her conviction was born. Liddell joked that the fact that Lambert’s father is an ex-homicide detective helped convince him that he ought to work with the singer. The interview, conducted by museum staffer Michael McCall, filled in the picture of Lambert as portrayed in the museum exhibition Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access, which…

Hottest Thing In Town: Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum Unveils AMA Program Schedule

August 18, 2014

Programs feature Marty Stuart, Ry Cooder, Billy Joe Shaver  and more NASHVILLE, Tenn., August 18, 2014 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will offer a schedule of top-shelf events in conjunction with the 15th annual Americana Music Festival and Conference, slated for September 17-21, 2014, in Nashville. The museum’s Americana-week programs feature legends who have influenced generations of roots music practitioners, in presentations seamlessly melding education and entertainment. Events include in-depth interviews with quintessential Southern sage Marty Stuart, and slide guitar/multi-instrumentalist pioneer Ry Cooder; a red-letter Songwriter Session, with stories and songs from peerless hardscrabble poet Billy…

Alan Jackson To Take Up Residency At Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum

August 12, 2014

OCTOBER SHOWS COINCIDE WITH NEW EXHIBIT NASHVILLE, Tenn., August 12, 2014 – Alan Jackson will take the stage at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum as its 2014 Artist-in-Residence on October 8 and 22. Both Wednesday night concerts start at 7:00 p.m. in the museum’s new 800-seat CMA Theater. Tickets go on sale to the general public at NOON (CDT) on Monday, September 8, and can be purchased at countrymusichalloffame.org/artist-in-residence. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available to museum and Alan Jackson fan club members beginning Friday, September 5 at 10:00 a.m. For your chance to purchase…

Reunion Concert: Night Train to Nashville

August 06, 2014

July 30, 2014 Music City Roots program at the Factory in Franklin Nashville’s Night Train keeps rolling through the decades, as engaging and electrifying as ever. On July 30, 2014, the weekly Music City Roots program presented a ten-year reunion concert featuring artists who participated in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s landmark exhibit Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945–1970. Playing to a packed house at the Factory in Franklin, Tennessee, several Night Train veterans shook the rafters with gospel, R&B, and pop songs. The Fairfield Four, Frank Howard & the Valentines, the McCrary…

The Iconic Kenny Rogers To Participate In Unique Interview At The Country Music Hall Of Fame®  And Museum Saturday, August 16

July 24, 2014

Program Presented in Conjunction with August 15 Opening of the Museum’s Exhibition Kenny Rogers: Through the Years NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 25, 2014 – Multi-talented legend Kenny Rogers will participate in a special interview at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Saturday, August 16. The expert-led conversation will take place in conjunction with the debut of Kenny Rogers: Through the Years, a biographical exhibit in the museum’s East Gallery opening August 15, 2014, and running until June 14, 2015.  Rogers will recount memories from throughout his history-making life and career during the interview, which will be held in the museum’s CMA Theater at 2:30 p.m. Archival…

Alan Jackson: 25 Years Of Keeping It Country Exhibition To Open August 29

July 23, 2014

 NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 23, 2014 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will unveil an exhibit highlighting Alan Jackson’s 25-year career on August 29, 2014. Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country is slated to run through March 2015. Additionally, Jackson will be the museum’s next Artist-in-Residence, delivering unique, intimate performances later this year—making him the first artist to be the subject of a museum exhibit while serving as Artist-in-Residence. “This exhibit will be a rare treat for museum visitors,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “Fans will recognize artifacts from milestone moments in Alan’s career, as well as items…

Songwriter Session: Ray Stevens

July 22, 2014

Grammy-winning singer, musician, and comedian Ray Stevens wrote his hits “Ahab the Arab,” “Everything Is Beautiful,” “Gitarzan,” “Jeremiah Peabody's Polyunsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green and Purple Pills,” and “The Streak.” He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980.

Poets and Prophets: Salute to Legendary Songwriter Buzz Cason

July 05, 2014

July 5, 2014 Unlike the hundreds of hopefuls who migrated to Nashville to launch music careers as performers, songwriters, producers, and music publishers, Buzz Cason stayed home. Cason is that rare breed in Music City—a Nashville native. He lived in the Inglewood section of town, with his musical parents. His mother sang in the church choir, and his father listened avidly to big band music. Cason took full advantage of growing up in a city friendly to the musically adept. He told his story to interviewer Michael Gray in front of a capacity audience gathered July 5, 2014, in the…

Nashville Cats: Steve Gibson

June 28, 2014

June 28, 2014 Guitarist Steve Gibson can pinpoint the moment he realized what he wanted to do with his life. At age fifteen, his future was cast when he walked into Golden Voice Recording Studio in the middle of a farm field not far from his home in Peoria, Illinois. “That was my first experience inside a recording studio,” Gibson said. “I don’t know why, but I made up my mind right there that I wanted to be that guy who understands how a record works. Why did they do it that way? Why does it sound like that? How…

CMA Music Fest At The Hall 2014 Rewind

June 26, 2014

From June 2–8, 2014, the museum opened its doors wide to fans from all over the world.  Tuesday’s Hot Nights at the Hall kicked off the week with a triple bill that included Cam, Michael Ray, and Striking Matches.   Beginning Wednesday autograph signings had fans lining up to meet Josh Turner, Oak Ridge Boys, Tyler Farr, Kellie Pickler, Craig Morgan, Crystal Gayle, as well as Country Music Hall of Fame members Charley Pride, Brenda Lee, and Jean Shepard.  Our CMT Stage came alive with performances by J.T. Hodges, Joel Crouse, Josh Thompson, Sundy Best, Natalie Stovall and the Drive, Brandy…

In Collaboration: The Milk Carton Kids & Sarah Jarosz featuring Alex Hargreaves, Samson Grisman, and Nathaniel Smith

June 25, 2014

Monday, October 27 CMA THEATER at Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Tickets on sale Friday, June 27 at 10 a.m.  Grammy-nominated folk artists The Milk Carton Kids & Sarah Jarosz, featuring Alex Hargreaves, Samson Grisman, and Nathaniel Smith, will perform at select venues across the U.S. this fall, and on October 27 the collaborative ensemble will grace the stage of the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. After meeting at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2013, Jarosz and the Milk Carton Kids began a collaborative relationship that has been lauded for its artistry…

Museum And Music City Roots Team Up For Night Train To Nashville 10th Anniversary Celebration

June 11, 2014

July 30 Concert Provides Finale for Month of Night Train-themed Museum Programs NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 11, 2014 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum and Music City Roots will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the pivotal exhibition Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970 and the accompanying Grammy-winning CD set with a special concert collaboration on Wednesday, July 30, at 7:00 p.m. at The Factory at Franklin. The show will be broadcast live on Hippie Radio (94.5 FM).  General admission tickets are $15 and available at Grimey’s New & Pre-Loved Music or musiccityroots.com Among the…

“Everlasting Love” Songwriter Buzz Cason To Be Honored In Museum’s Poets And Prophets Series July 5

June 09, 2014

Program is Part of 10th Anniversary Celebration for Night Train to Nashville Exhibit NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 9, 2014 – Nashville rock and soul pioneer Buzz Cason will share stories and songs as the next subject of the acclaimed Poets and Prophets series at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Saturday, July 5, at 1:30 p.m. The in-depth interview and performance dovetails perfectly with the 10th anniversary of the museum’s Grammy-winning two-disc compilation Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm and Blues, 1945-1970, a set cataloging Nashville’s rich and too frequently overlooked R&B scene, and the exhibit it…

Museum Announces Alan Jackson Exhibit And Artist Residency

June 05, 2014

Opening August 29, exhibit celebrates Jackson’s quarter century NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 5, 2014 – In a press conference today at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, plans were disclosed for a celebration of country music superstar Alan Jackson’s 25th year in the music industry.   Museum Director Kyle Young revealed arrangements for an upcoming exhibit highlighting Jackson’s career and named him the museum’s 2014 Artist-in-Residence. This marks the first time a museum residency has coincided with a major exhibit on an artist’s career. In addition, UMG Nashville CEO Mike Dungan promised new music from Jackson, and Creative Artist Agency’s…

Guitarist Steve Gibson Named As Next Nashville Cat

May 29, 2014

Program Will Be June 28 at Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum  NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 30, 2014 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s quarterly program series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians returns on Saturday, June 28, with guitarist Steve Gibson.  The 1:30 p.m. interview, held in the museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members. The program will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming. Hosted by Bill Lloyd, the program will include an in-depth, one-on-one interview illustrated with vintage recordings, photos and film clips from the museum’s Frist Library and…

Schoolhouse Rock: Words & Music Program Turns 35

May 19, 2014

Singer-Songwriter Elizabeth Cook to Host Annual Words & Music Night Wednesday, May 21 NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 19, 2014 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s cornerstone education program, Words & Music, is celebrating 35 years of connecting school children with professional songwriters for a one-of-a-kind lesson in musical composition and language skills. “Education is our primary mission, and Words & Music is what that mission looks like in action,” said Kyle Young, museum director. “Nearly 100,000 students have passed through the program since its inception. Over the past three and a half decades, we have only seen demand…

Country: Portraits Of An American Sound, An Exhibit At The Annenberg Space for Photography

May 18, 2014

May 31 – September 28, 2014 Annenberg Space For Photography Los Angeles, California Offered free to the public, COUNTRY: Portraits of an American Sound presents images of the pioneers, poets and icons of country music.  Guest curators for this exhibit are Shannon Perich of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and Tim Davis and Michael McCall of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Historical and contemporary photographs of celebrated performers such as Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, June Carter, Keith Urban and Hank Williams and more are seen in the works of photographers who documented multiple generations of…

All Access: Reba

May 14, 2014

May 13, 2014 Multi-faceted superstar Reba McEntire addressed a thrilled and attentive crowd of 700 elementary, middle school and high school students in a 90-minute question-and-answer program Tuesday morning at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Hosted by WSM radio personality Bill Cody, All Access: Reba McEntire allowed the students to pose more than 25 questions to the Country Music Hall of Fame member, which she answered with engaging insight and clarity. Held in the museum’s new CMA Theater, the program was the second All Access hosted and produced by the museum’s education department. Country star Keith Urban…

Fifth Annual Keith Urban, Vince Gill We’re All for the Hall Concert presented Three Hours of One-of-a-kind Musical Surprises

May 07, 2014

May 6, 2014 Spinning a story in song—a tradition as old as country music itself—served as the theme for the fifth annual We’re All for the Hall concert, a benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum that presented three hours of one-of-a-kind musical surprises for a sold-out crowd. Billed as “Songtellers,” the evening focused on narrative songwriting, often using the details of individual lives to address universal themes, such as love, heartbreak, deceit, families, drinking, generosity, standing up for yourself and surviving life with determination and gusto. As always, Keith Urban and Vince Gill hosted a memorable…

Concert And Conversation: Crystal Gayle

May 05, 2014

May 3, 2014 Crystal Gayle is one of country music’s most distinctive vocal stylists. With her silky tone and elegant phrasing, her voice always stands out, on the radio, on record, and on stage.   But that wasn’t always the case, Gayle admitted during a program, Concert and Conversation: Crystal Gayle, presented at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  Before a crowd of more than six hundred fans in the museum’s new CMA Theater, Gayle discussed her life and career, as part of the opening week of the new exhibition Crystal Gayle: When I Dream. At age sixteen…

Museum Announces 2014 Hot Nights At The Hall Lineup

May 01, 2014

Popular Summer Concert Series for Museum Members to Feature the Henningsens on June 3, Josh Thompson on July 10 and Holly Williams on August 1 NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 1, 2014 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will make the perks of museum membership even sweeter this summer with the return of its Hot Nights at the Hall concert series. Free to all museum members and staged in the museum’s beautiful Event Hall overlooking downtown Nashville, the fourth installment of the series will jumpstart with the Henningsens on June 3. Josh Thompson will follow on July 10, and…

Crystal Gayle: When I Dream Spotlight Exhibit Opens May 2

April 29, 2014

May 3 Program with Gayle Celebrates Exhibit Opening NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 29, 2014 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will debut a spotlight exhibit devoted to iconic crossover star Crystal Gayle on May 2, 2014. Crystal Gayle: When I Dream will feature fashion, awards, letters, family photos and more from her groundbreaking career. The exhibition will run through November 3, 2014. On Saturday, May 3, Gayle will participate in a special program, Concert and Conversation: Crystal Gayle. The 2:30 p.m. presentation, held in the museum’s Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members.…

Museum To Honor Kenny Rogers With Biographical Exhibit

April 24, 2014

Kenny Rogers: Through the Years to Open August 15, 2014 NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 24, 2014 –With driving artistic instinct, a trademark husky voice made for storytelling, polished showmanship and effortless charisma, Kenny Rogers conquered radio, television and film en route to becoming a beloved American icon. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will pay tribute to Rogers with the cameo exhibition Kenny Rogers: Through the Years, which opens in the museum’s East Gallery on August 15, 2014, and runs through June 14, 2015. “Kenny Rogers redefined and elevated country music superstardom in every sense,” said Museum Director Kyle…

Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access to Open May 16

April 23, 2014

Opening Festivities to Include Songwriter Session, Family Program, Film Screening and Songwriters Round NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 23, 2014 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore a year in the life of Grammy Award-winning superstar Miranda Lambert with the exhibition Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access, which opens May 16, 2014, and runs through November 9, 2014.  The exhibit will feature gowns, stage costumes, awards and much more; Lambert’s own Tweets will provide the narrative thread of this journey through the artist’s life in 2013. Opening weekend festivities will include a Songwriter Session featuring Lambert’s Pistol Annies bandmate Ashley Monroe,…

CMA Announces 2014 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees

April 22, 2014

April 22, 2014 The Country Music Association announced three new artists to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  The late Hank Cochran will be inducted in the rotating Songwriter category.  Mac Wiseman will be inducted in the Veteran category.  Ronnie Milsap will be the 2014 inductee in the Modern Era category. Learn more about Hank Cochran. Learn more about Ronnie Milsap. Learn more about Mac Wiseman.

An Interview with John Prine

April 19, 2014

Looking back, John Prine realizes he wasn’t quite prepared for what happens when a new artist releases an album that quickly becomes highly celebrated and successful. Before releasing his 1971 self-titled debut—a landmark collection packed with classic tunes—Prine earned grocery money performing weekly at a small Chicago nightclub. After its release, life was never the same.  “I wasn’t ready at all,” said Prine, during a ninety-minute program at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrating his exhibition, It Took Me Years to Get These Souvenirs. “I was really knocked out that I got a record contract that early,…

Are You Ready for the New Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum?

April 16, 2014

Are You Ready for the New Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum? NASHVILLE, April 16, 2014 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum celebrated a major milestone yesterday afternoon as it unveiled its 210,000-square-foot expansion, more than doubling the size of its iconic home in downtown Nashville. The grand opening ceremony, made possible with support from Ford Motor Company and the Middle Tennessee Ford Dealers, took place in the museum’s Event Hall overlooking the Nashville skyline. Roof-raising performances by Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill, the McCrary Sisters, Ricky Skaggs, the Valentines and Lee Ann…

Producer Playback: An interview with Jimmy Bowen

April 12, 2014

April 12, 2014 In a special multimedia interview program held in the Ford Theater on Saturday, April 12, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum welcomed legendary recording executive Jimmy Bowen, who was visiting Nashville from his home in Arizona. Museum writer-editor Michael McCall introduced Bowen as an “agent of change” throughout his long career as producer and executive with labels including Reprise, MGM, MCA, Elektra/Asylum, Warner Bros., Universal, and Capitol. In Nashville, McCall said, Bowen led the campaign to increase labels’ budgets for their country music departments, promoted the transformation from analog to digital recording, increased pay for…

Step Inside The New Country Music Hall Of Fame® and Museum

April 03, 2014

NASHVILLE, April 3, 2014 - The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will officially reveal the final phase of its state-of-the-art expansion on Tuesday, April 15, at 1:15 p.m. with the opening of an additional 10,000 square feet of dynamic new exhibit space.  The grand opening ceremony is supported by Ford Motor Company and the Middle Tennessee Ford Dealers. Open to the public, the grand opening celebration will take place on an outdoor stage at the corner of Demonbreun and 5th Avenue South in Nashville, and will feature performances by Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Lee Ann Womack, Buddy Miller and more,…

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM PRESENTS CONVERSATION WITH JOHN PRINE ON APRIL 19

March 25, 2014

Program Is in Support of the Spotlight Exhibition John Prine: It Took Me Years to Get These Souvenirs NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 25, 2014 - On Saturday, April 19, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will present a special program with singer-songwriter John Prine, in support of the spotlight exhibition John Prine: It Took Me Years to Get These Souvenirs, which closes May 4, 2014. The program is included with museum admission and free to museum members. Visit countrymusichalloffame.org/ for complete admission details. A Conversation with John Prine will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the museum's CMA Theater. Noted journalist Peter Cooper will host the program. The…

KEITH URBAN’S FIFTH ANNUAL WE’RE ALL 4 THE HALL BENEFIT CONCERT FOR THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM RETURNS TO THE BRIDGESTONE ARENA MAY 6

March 24, 2014

“SONGTELLERS (A LARGE INTIMATE EVENING)” WILL FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY URBAN, VINCE GILL, BRANTLEY GILBERT, BRETT ELDREDGE, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, DAVID NAIL, DEANA CARTER, KACEY MUSGRAVES, KIP MOORE, LEE ANN WOMACK WITH BUDDY MILLER, MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER, REBA McENTIRE AND RONNIE MILSAP KEITH URBAN and VINCE GILL Return as the Show’s Musical Directors Tickets on Sale Friday, April 4, at 10:00 a.m. CST NASHVILLE, TN. (March 24, 2014) -- Four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban and Country Music Hall of Fame member VinceGill will return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, May 6, for We’re All 4 the Hall, a concert to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Reserved seating tickets, which are priced…

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM PRESENTS INTERVIEW WITH MUSIC INDUSTRY LEGEND JIMMY BOWEN ON APRIL 12

March 20, 2014

Two Film Screenings Round Out April Programs in Support of the Exhibition  Reba: All the Women I Am  NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 20, 2014 - On Saturday, April 12, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will present an interview with music industry legend Jimmy Bowen in support of the exhibition Reba: All the Women I Am. The program is included with museum admission and free to museum members. Visit countrymusichalloffame.org for complete admission details. In addition, film screenings featuring Reba will be presented on April 6 and 27. The screenings are FREE.      Producer Playback: An Interview with Jimmy Bowen, hosted by Museum Writer-Editor Michael McCall, will begin…

Nashville Cats: Salute to Guitarist Leon Rhodes

March 08, 2014

March 8, 2014 Dallas native Leon Rhodes began his professional music career in 1948, at age sixteen, when he joined the staff of the Big D Jamboree. In the 1950s he recorded with Lefty Frizzell and Ray Price, among others, and worked as a drummer, guitarist, and vocalist on the local club scene. In 1960 Ernest Tubb hired Rhodes to play electric lead guitar in his band, the Texas Troubadours. The lineup that included Rhodes, steel player Buddy Charleton, bassist Jack Drake, drummer Jack Greene, and front man Cal Smith worked under Tubb for nearly five years and are regarded…

VINCE GILL, EMMYLOU HARRIS, HEART’S ANN AND NANCY WILSON AND JASON MRAZ WOW VIP AUDIENCE

March 05, 2014

Actress and singer-songwriter Rita Wilson hosts the fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and is joined by Holly Williams and newcomer Cam Ochs as surprise guest performers  LOS ANGELES—An all-star lineup that catapulted across generations and genres entertained an attentive and packed Club Nokia audience with stunning vocals and searingly emotional songs during a stylish All for the Hall fundraising concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on March 4. Each artist focused on intimate acoustic performances that highlighted their voices and the power of well-crafted lyrics while spinning personal stories that swung…

2014 All for the Hall Los Angeles

March 04, 2014

March 4, 2014An all-star lineup that catapulted across generations and genres entertained an attentive and packed Club Nokia audience with stunning vocals and searingly emotional songs during a stylish All for the Hall fundraising concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on March 4. Each artist focused on intimate acoustic performances that highlighted their voices and the power of well-crafted lyrics while spinning personal stories that swung from heartfelt to amusing. "This is such a big thrill for us," said Ann Wilson of Heart, who was joined by her sister Nancy on acoustic guitar and harmonies and…

MIRANDA LAMBERT: BACKSTAGE ACCESS EXHIBITION TO OPEN MAY 16 AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME ® AND MUSEUM

February 27, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn., February 27, 2014 - The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore a year in the life of Grammy Award-winning superstar Miranda Lambert with the exhibition Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access, which opens on May 16, 2014, and runs through November 9, 2014.       The exhibition will include gowns, stage costumes, awards and much more from the reigning and four-time CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year; Lambert's own Tweets will provide the narrative thread of this journey through the artist's life in 2013.       "The Country Music Hall of Fame is a place to cherish what country music is all…

Poets and Prophets: Salute to Legendary Songwriter Bob DiPiero

February 15, 2014

February 15, 2014 After three decades, Bob DiPiero remains at the top of the country songwriting profession. He has penned dozens of major hits, including numerous #1s ranging from the Oak Ridge Boys' "American Made" (1983) to Tim McGraw's "Southern Voice" (2010). Raised in Youngstown, Ohio, DiPiero moved to Nashville in 1978 and soon achieved songwriting success with Reba McEntire's "I Can See Forever in Your Eyes." He also wrote McEntire's "Little Rock," Shenandoah's "The Church on Cumberland Road," Neal McCoy's "Wink," George Strait's "Blue Clear Sky," and Easton Corbin's recent hit "Lovin' You Is Fun." DiPiero is a member…

GUITARIST LEON RHODES TO BE SALUTED MARCH 8 AS NEXT NASHVILLE CAT AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM

February 13, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn., February 13, 2014 - The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's quarterly program series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians returns on Saturday, March 8, with a salute to guitarist Leon Rhodes.  The 1:30 p.m. interview, held in the museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members. The program will be streamed live atcountrymusichalloffame.org/streaming. Hosted by Bill Lloyd, the program will include a brief performance and an in-depth, one-on-one interview illustrated with vintage recordings, photos and film clips from the museum's Frist Library and Archive and Rhodes' private collection.  Seating for the program is limited,…

THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM’S ALL FOR THE HALL FUNDRAISER RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES ON MARCH 4

January 28, 2014

Country Music Hall of Fame Members Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Members Heart and Grammy Award-Winning Artist Jason Mraz Set to Perform at Club Nokia; Rita Wilson to Host the Event Table Seating on Sale Now, Balcony Tickets on Sale on Friday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m. PST      The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's All for the Hall fundraiser will return to Los Angeles for the first time in nearly three years.  The event, which will take place on Tuesday, March 4, at Club Nokia, will again follow a "guitar pull" format, featuring performances…

Sweet Dreams and Holiday Cheer with Mandy Barnett

December 21, 2013

December 21, 2013 Mandy Barnett will perform songs from and discuss her new album, I Can't Stop Loving You:The Songs of Don Gibson. Before Gibson's death in 2003, Barnett became good friends with the Country Music Hall of Fame member, who asked her to consider recording an album of his songs. A decade later, she has fulfilled her promise to Gibson, recording "Oh Lonesome Me," "Sweet Dreams," "I Can't Stop Lovin' You," and other classics, backed by some of the legendary musicians who appeared on the originals. Barnett will also discuss her experiences portraying Patsy Cline in the production Always…

Watch the Museum’s New Event Hall Come to Life

December 17, 2013

The Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum’s new 10,000-square-foot Event Hall has a breathtaking view of the Nashville skyline. One of the first events held in the Event Hall, in October of 2013, was captured by a time-lapse video showing the transformation of the space. Credits for event production: Rachel Thibodeaux - Production Elements, Music City Tents and Events, Liberty Party Rentals, The Visual Element, AFR Furniture Rental, and Branching Out Event Florist.

Panel Discussion: The Buckaroos: Making Music with Buck Owens

December 07, 2013

December 7, 2013 As Buck Owens's backing band, the Buckaroos played a primary role in developing and popularizing the Bakersfield Sound. This panel will include drummer Willie Cantu, the only surviving member of the classic mid-1960s Buckaroos lineup. He will be joined by current Buckaroos Terry Christoffersen (steel guitar), Doyle Curtsinger (bass), and Jim Shaw (keyboards), all of whom backed the late singer for several decades and still perform regularly at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in their hometown of Bakersfield. Singer Buddy Alan Owens, Buck's son who toured with the Buckaroos while charting hits in the late 1960s and '70s,…

Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum: Kay Clary

December 04, 2013

December 4, 2013 Please check back for a write-up of the evening's program.

Artist-in-Residence: Ricky Skaggs: Bluegrass Rules

November 19, 2013

November 19, 2013 Ricky Skaggs looked back to his roots in his second and final concert as the 2013 artist-in-residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. As he always has, he showed how talented, committed musicians can keep reinventing and bringing new life to the foundational music they love. In opening the show, Skaggs noted that he had devoted the previous night-his first artist-in-residence concert- to the country hits that made him a household name, and to his love of gospel and country music. For his second show, Skaggs wanted to delve into his influences and the…

Artist-in-Residence: Ricky Skaggs: Country Boy at Heart

November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013 Ricky Skaggs decided to focus on his love of country music-and his significant contributions to the genre-in the opening night of two special performances as the 2013 artist-in-residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The foundation of the concert spotlighted the game-changing hits that Skaggs created in the 1980s, when he initiated a movement that helped produce a groundswell of young, tradition-based country stars, including the Judds, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Randy Travis, and Dwight Yoakam. Opening with “Heartbroke,” a Guy Clark composition that Skaggs took to #1 on the country charts in 1982,…

Concert and Conversation: Divided & United: Music of the Civil War with Randall Poster, Bryan Sutton, Stuart Duncan, and Lee Ann Womack

November 17, 2013

November 17, 2013 Created in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Divided & United is a compilation of Civil War era songs freshly interpreted by a diverse group of artists that includes emerging talents as well as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Country Music Hall of Fame. Music supervisor Randall Poster-whose work includes Moonrise Kingdom and Boardwalk Empire-was inspired to begin the project after working on the motion picture Country Strong. Master guitarist Bryan Sutton assisted in the research and compilation of songs in addition to playing on the album. Poster, Sutton,…

Nashville Cats: A Salute to Legendary Guitarist Mac Gayden

November 16, 2013

Inspired by the blues and soul music he heard growing up in Music City, innovative musician and producer Mac Gayden played guitar on and co-wrote the 1960s R&B classics “Everlasting Love” (Robert Knight) and “She Shot a Hole in My Soul” (Clifford Curry). In the late 1960s and ’70s, Gayden co-founded two influential bands from Nashville, Area Code 615 and Barefoot Jerry, before releasing a string of critically acclaimed solo albums. As a guitarist, he is famous for his innovative wah-wah style—using the pedal in conjunction with a slide to elongate notes—as showcased on J.J. Cale’s “Crazy Mama” and Gayden’s…

Interview and Performance: Terri Clark

October 12, 2013

October 12, 2013 Terri Clark became a popular country star in the 1990s with the Top Five hits “Better Things to Do,” “When Boy Meets Girl,” “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me,” “Now That I Found You,” and “You’re Easy on the Eyes.” Her contemporary musical style and preference for cowboy hats, jeans, and boots aligned her with the largely male “hat act” movement. A Canadian who was discovered while performing regularly at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in downtown Nashville, Clark continues to record and perform. Her latest album, Classic, was released in November 2012. Presented in conjunction with the Museum’s new spotlight…

Poets and Prophets: A Salute to Legendary Songwriter Roger Cook

October 05, 2013

October 5, 2013 A native of Bristol, England, Roger Cook established his songwriting career in the 1960s and '70s by penning the pop classics "You've Got Your Troubles," "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again," "Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress)," and "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (in Perfect Harmony)." Cook arrived in Nashville in 1975, and wrote country #1s such as Crystal Gayle's "Talking in Your Sleep," Don Williams's "I Believe in You" and "Love Is on a Roll," and George Strait's "I Just Want to Dance with You." Cook is a member of the…

Songwriter Session: Rodney Crowell

September 21, 2013

Grammy winner Rodney Crowell joined Emmylou Harris's Hot Band as a guitarist and soon became one of her primary songwriters, penning songs like "Till I Gain Control Again" and "Ain't Livin' Long Like This." His songwriting career took full flight when "Leavin' Louisiana in the Broad Daylight" hit number one for the Oak Ridge Boys. Among his other significant compositions are "Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper's Dream)" Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and "Somewhere Tonight" (Highway 101). Crowell scored five #1 singles from his 1988 album Diamonds & Dirt including "I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried" and a cover of…

Concert and Conversation: The Big E: Salute to Buddy Emmons

September 21, 2013

September 21, 2013 Pedal steel guitar legend Buddy Emmons, whose staggering, soulful technique set standards by which countless steel players measure themselves today, will be honored in this program of interviews and performances. Emmons’s pioneering contributions as both a player and inventor have earned him the enduring respect and admiration of his peers. His sterling musicianship graces groundbreaking recordings by Ray Charles, Little Jimmy Dickens, Duane Eddy, Vince Gill, John Hartford, Gram Parsons, Ray Price, Linda Ronstadt, George Strait, Ernest Tubb, Faron Young, and countless others. Emmons is celebrated on a new CD, The Big E: Salute to Buddy Emmons.…

Interview: Dr. John, hosted by Nick Spitzer

September 19, 2013

September 19, 2013 Dr. John personifies the musical heritage of New Orleans. His era-bridging career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on great Crescent City recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex, and Frankie Ford. A notorious gun incident forced Dr. John to give up the guitar and concentrate on organ and piano. He moved west in the 1960s and continued to be in demand as a session musician. With Gris-Gris, his 1968 debut solo album, he launched a career that adapted Louisiana tradition to modern rock & roll. He went on to earn legendary…

Interview: Reba

August 10, 2013

August 10, 2013 Reba turned a big, expressive voice into a vast, highly diversified empire-and entertained millions of fans along the way. As part of the opening festivities of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s exhibition Reba: All the Women I Am, she will discuss her rise from a youngster who worked on her family’s Oklahoma cattle ranch to a multi-talented performer who has become one of the most successful entertainment icons of her time. Presented in support of the exhibit Reba: All the Women I Am, Support provided by Ford Motor Company Fund, Academy of Country Music,…

Poets and Prophets: Sonny Throckmorton

July 20, 2013

July 20, 2013 Texas-based songwriting legend Sonny Throckmorton made a rare public appearance in Nashville to discuss his career and perform briefly. His credits include Merle Haggard’s “The Way I Am” and “If We’re Not Back in Love by Monday”; George Strait’s “The Cowboy Rides Away”; Moe Bandy’s “It’s a Cheatin’ Situation”; and Jerry Lee Lewis’s "Middle Age Crazy” and “I Wish I Was Eighteen Again.” Throckmorton was BMI Songwriter of the Year in 1980, and joined the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987. This program was illustrated with vintage photographs, film footage, and recordings.

Nashville Cats: Bergen White

June 15, 2013

June 15, 2013 On one of Bergen White’s first Music Row recording sessions as an arranger, he had been warned that the gathering of top A-team musicians might give him a hard time. “Don’t let these guys spook you,” he was told by friends Wayne Moss and Norbert Putnam, both veteran studio musicians. “They’re going to mess with you. Whatever happens, just pay no attention to it.” Indeed, as the players started into the song, bassist Bob Moore played in the wrong key. The other musicians didn’t say a word; they just performed their parts as if nothing was wrong.…

Poets and Prophets: Salute to Legendary Songwriter Tom Douglas

May 18, 2013

May 18, 2013 Nashville songwriter Tom Douglas quoted a famous line by Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim-“God is in the details”-when pinpointing what makes certain song lyrics stir an emotional response in a listener. In discussing several of his own country music hits, Douglas repeatedly honed in on specific, personal details in his songwriting, saying those are the lines listeners tend to connect with most strongly. “The more personal language you use, the more universal the song becomes,” Douglas said. Douglas, who teaches a course on lyric writing at Belmont University, delved into songwriting theory while discussing his career. He was…

Concert: Always: Singing the Legacy of Patsy Cline

May 11, 2013

May 11, 2013 Four generations of female vocalists addressed the enduring influence of the late Patsy Cline in song and in personal remembrances during a ninety-minute concert before a sold-out crowd at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Always: Singing the Legacy of Patsy Cline featured participants ranging in age from eighty-three-year-old Jan Howard, a friend and contemporary of Cline’s, to eleven-year-old Emma Shudde, who said she began listening to Cline’s recordings at the age of three. Hosted by Country Music Hall of Fame member Brenda Lee, the program included appearances by Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis, who…

Panel Discussion: Studio and Screen: Behind the Scenes with the Nashville Edition

April 27, 2013

April 27, 2013 Charley Pride kept encouraging Wendy Suits Johnson-whom he called “Buster”-to sing in a higher key. A member of the vocal group Nashville Edition, Johnson eventually raised her vocals an entire octave while blending with her singing partners on Pride’s recording of “My Eyes Can Only See as Far as You.” On the recording, Johnson’s beautiful high pitch comes through clearly, adding an additional element of beauty and drama to the track, which went to #1 in 1976. Johnson recalled the story during a program at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrating the history of…

Keith Urban: We’re All For The Hall 2013

April 16, 2013

April 16, 2013 Several generations of country music outlaws, uniting for a good cause, created a formidably rowdy and entertaining posse at the Bridgestone Arena Tuesday night to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. "The theme tonight is outlaws, rebels, and renegades," said Vince Gill, who for the fourth year in a row joined Keith Urban in hosting the annual We're All for the Hall fundraising concert. Near the end of the three-hour show, 76-year-old singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson declared, "This is the best audience and the best band I've ever played with in my life." The all-star…

Songwriter Session: Red Lane

March 30, 2013

March 30, 2012 Red Lane wrote classics such as “Miss Emily’s Picture” (John Conlee); “New Looks from an Old Lover” (B.J. Thomas); “‘Til I Get It Right” (Tammy Wynette); and “The World Needs a Melody” (The Carter Family with Johnny Cash). Lane also collaborated with Dottie West (“Country Girl”) and Merle Haggard (“My Own Kind of Hat”). More recently, his songs have been recorded by George Strait (“Tell Me Something Bad about Tulsa”) and Lee Ann Womack (“He’ll Be Back”). Lane is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and a highly regarded session guitarist. Watch the complete…

History Comes Together With Hatch Show Print And The Emancipation Proclamation

March 26, 2013

Hatch Show Print long has been a part of American History. The shop has turned out eye-catching letterpress posters since 1879. The wood blocks and presses at Hatch have created posters for top entertainers such as Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Bruce Springsteen, and B. B. King. Hatch art also has advanced political causes including Roy Acuff’s 1948 run for governor of Tennessee, Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1952 “I Like Ike” presidential campaign, and a 2008 presidential debate held at Nashville’s Belmont University. The year 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. To mark the occasion, the United States Postal…

Nashville Cats: Salute to Paul Franklin

March 23, 2013

March 23, 2013 Paul Franklin thoroughly enjoyed the three-and-a-half years he spent as pedal steel guitarist in the Statesiders, a highly admired road band led by country star Mel Tillis. Franklin would have stayed much longer with the band had it not been for the intervention of another country star, Jerry Reed. Reed had invited Franklin to dinner at his home. Leading him to the outside deck, away from their wives, Reed chastised the musician. “Son! What the hell are you doing? I’ve tried to call you. Nobody can get a hold of you. You have a chance for a…

Panel Discussion: Forever with Us: The 50th Anniversary of a Country Music Tragedy

March 02, 2013

March 2, 2013 Though the reason for the gathering was to mark the tragedy, fifty years ago, of the airplane crash that took the lives of Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Randy Hughes, host Eddie Stubbs told the capacity Ford Theater audience, “We’re going to celebrate today.” Panel members included Cline’s widower, Charlie Dick; Hughes’s widow and Copas’s daughter, Kathy Copas Hughes; Hawkins’s former band member, fiddler Earl White, filling in for ailing Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard, who was Hawkins’s widow; and Bobby Wright, whose uncle, entertainer Jack Anglin, died in a car accident…

2013 All for the Hall New York

February 26, 2013

February 26, 2013 An all-star lineup representing generations of country, blues and rock highlighted the soulful connection between musical genres at the Best Buy Theater during a stylish All for the Hall fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on February 26. Tying the artists together was the emotional depth of the songwriting and the distinctive quality of each of the voices-as well as the respect and admiration they shared for each other.  Pat Monahan, of the rock band Train, explained the special communal feel of the event when saying he ignored a doctor's advice to rest…

Poets and Prophets: Salute to Legendary Country Songwriter Red Simpson

February 23, 2013

February 23, 2013 Bob Dylan called singer-songwriter Red Simpson “the forgotten man of the Bakersfield Sound.” Apparently not everyone has forgotten him, though, as a packed audience filled the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater to hear Simpson talk about his career and perform a few songs as part of the museum’s quarterly series Poets and Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters, which honors songwriters who have made an important contribution to country music. “Without a doubt, Red is one of the most significant songwriters in the development of the Bakersfield Sound and the trucking song sub-genre,” said museum…

Expansion Brings Change

February 08, 2013

When the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened in its current location in 2001, the inside of our building, and the landscape around it, looked quite different than today. The next few months will bring even more changes to 222 Fifth Avenue South. For two weeks this winter the museum was closed for improvements and expansion-related construction. While the front doors were shut, crews worked inside moving and adding display cases, refinishing and repairing floors, painting, making key kitchen updates, and literally knocking holes in walls. The work was part of an expansion that will grow the museum…

Panel Discussion: California Angels: Women of West Coast Country

December 15, 2012

December 15, 2012 Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard, asked why her family moved from Oklahoma to California in the 1940s, replied bluntly: “Starvation.” Like all five participants in the panel discussion California Angels: Women of West Coast Country-a program held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum-Shepard was not born in the state where she recorded her initial hits. Her family relocated there in search of opportunities, a common theme among residents of Southern California, especially at the time. “We needed a better way of life,” Shepard explained. “The story of West Coast country music…

Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum: Nancy Shapiro

December 03, 2012

December 3, 2012 Anyone familiar with Nancy Shapiro knows she doesn’t fit the profile of a heavy metal music fan. But anyone familiar with Shapiro also knows she would not let personal preference keep her from advancing the cause of the Recording Academy, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives and careers of those involved in making and recording music.  In the mid-1990s, Shapiro traveled to Florida with the goal of creating a new chapter for the Recording Academy—the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. A Recording Academy employee since 1985, she began as director of the Nashville…

Nashville Cats: Billy Sanford

November 17, 2012

November 17, 2012 As Billy Sanford listened to John Conlee’s #1 country hit “Lady Lay Down” he held up one finger at the sound of an electric guitar note he contributed to the beginning. He raised a second finger when a similar note rang out a few beats later. "I played two notes on the intro, two notes on the turn-around, and two notes on the outro, and that was it," Sanford told an audience in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Ford Theater. "There were standing jokes around town about some musicians playing too much on records.…

2012 Medallion Ceremony

October 21, 2012

October, 21, 2012 GARTH BROOKS, HARGUS “PIG” ROBBINS, AND CONNIE SMITH INDUCTED INTO THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME Ronnie Dunn, Crystal Gayle, Merle Haggard, Charlie McCoy, Ronnie Milsap, Quebe Sisters Band, Bob Seger, George Strait, James Taylor, Gene Watson, and The Whites among all-star cast paying tribute. Two country singers who started off with record-breaking success, only to set aside their careers to raise families, and a blind piano player who became a studio luminary even though he couldn’t read charts, were welcomed into the Country Music Hall of Fame in the annual Medallion Ceremony on October 21, 2012.…

Poets and Prophets: Salute to Legendary Songwriter Allen Reynolds

October 06, 2012

October 6, 2012 Allen Reynolds has achieved success on many levels of the music business: he has written songs that are now considered country classics; he has produced several of Nashville’s most successful artists and biggest-selling albums; he has managed a storied independent record label; and he has co-owned a well-regarded recording studio and a music publishing company that racked up major hits and industry awards. He’s even sung harmony and played guitar behind several top stars. Watch the complete program video.

Nashville Cats: Millie Kirkham

September 29, 2012

September 28, 2012 High soprano Millie Kirkham has contributed angelic vocals to a number of hit recordings by country, pop, and rock & roll artists. Among them are Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como, Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, and Charley Pride. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s quarterly program series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians served as an opportunity to honor Nashville’s “on-call soprano.” The Kirkham program, on September 28, 2012, opened with a vintage video clip of Eddy Arnold performing “The Richest Man in the World,” with Kirkham on background vocals.…

Songwriter Session: Richard Thompson

September 15, 2012

September 15, 2012 Richard Thompson wrote songs recorded by David Byrne, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Patty Loveless, Del McCoury, Robert Plant, Bonnie Raitt, and many others. He was a founding member of the British folk-rock band Fairport Convention, and has recorded more than forty critically acclaimed albums. He was named one of Rolling Stone‘s Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, and his 2010 live CD was nominated for a Grammy. Watch the complete program video.

Interview: Booker T. Jones in conversation with Robert Gordon

September 13, 2012

Septermber 13, 2012 Legendary keyboardist Booker T. Jones discussed his career and influences during a public program at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on September 13, 2012. In a conversation with Memphis-based author Robert Gordon, Jones talked at length about his work at Memphis’s Stax Records, and creating the 1960s instrumental hits “Green Onions” and “Time Is Tight” with his group Booker T. & The MG’s. He also discussed producing Willie Nelson’s 1978 classic album, Stardust, and his more recent collaboration with Americana band the Drive-By Truckers. The museum held the program in collaboration with the Americana…

Concert: Sweet Dreams of You: A Musical Tribute to Patsy Cline

August 25, 2012

August 25, 2012 The classic songs of Patsy Cline were performed by a cast of singers who revere her. Performers included singer-songwriter Jessi Alexander, Mandy Barnett, star of the musical Always…Patsy Cline, duo Striking Matches and singer Emily West. The house band was led by Country Music Hall of Fame member Harold Bradley on tic-tac bass, and will also included Brad Albin on bass, Jimmy Capps on guitar, Bob Mater on drums and Jeff Taylor on keyboard.

Panel Discussion: I’ve Got Your Memory: Family and Friends Remember Patsy Cline

August 25, 2012

August 25, 2012 Friends, family, and colleagues of Country Music Hall of Fame member Patsy Cline recall the late singer as a strong, tough-minded woman who also was a lady, and a singer with a voice that placed her above the competition. They shared their reminiscences during a panel discussion, I’ve Got Your Memory: Family and Friends Remember Patsy Cline, held Saturday morning, August 25, 2012, in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater. The program marked the Friday opening of the museum exhibit Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You. Cline’s husband, Charlie Dick, told moderator John…

Interview: Chips Moman

August 18, 2012

August 18, 2012 Producer, songwriter, guitarist, and studio owner Chips Moman played a pivotal role in creating a great number of pop, soul, and country classics. After helping establish Memphis’s Stax Records in the late 1950s, he opened the city’s American Sound Studio and began producing hits for the Gentrys, B.J. Thomas, Neil Diamond, and others. In 1969 Moman produced Elvis Presley’s comeback hits-including “Suspicious Minds,” “In the Ghetto,” and “Kentucky Rain”-and went on to supervise landmark recording sessions by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and the Highwaymen. Moman co-wrote the R&B standards “Dark End of the Street” and…

Patsy: One Of A Kind

August 08, 2012

In preparation for the opening of the museum exhibit Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You on August 24, I have been going through a Patsy Craze, which I do about every couple of years. Each time this happens to me, I am reminded all over again just how amazing she really was, not only as a vocalist, but also as a human being. The music speaks for itself. She may be the greatest female vocalist in American music history, and I am certainly not alone in that opinion. Artists such as K. D. Lang, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Leann Rimes,…

Poets and Prophets: Salute to Legendary Country Songwriter Kye Fleming

July 28, 2012

July 28, 2012 Kye Fleming first came to Nashville in 1977 on her way back to Fort Smith, Arkansas, to visit her parents. At the time, Fleming was a singer-songwriter who had been performing as a solo act in coffeehouses across the country. After living and pursuing a music career briefly in Los Angeles, Boston, and finally New York City, the twenty-six-year-old needed a rest. Feeling the fatigue of trying to make something happen, Fleming decided to go home to Arkansas and assess her next step. Her stop in Nashville helped make the decision for her: A meeting with Tom…

Concert: Chet Atkins: Friends and Flame Keepers

July 14, 2012

July 14, 2012 Chet Atkins was known as an innovative guitarist; as a producer who helped define the Nashville Sound; as a generous teacher and collaborator; and even as a student of other guitarists. This exhibit-closing concert will highlight the relationships that have been sparked and continue to grow around Chet’s music, as well as the artists who are carrying on and expanding Chet’s guitar style. John Knowles, c.g.p., hosts this tribute with guest performances by Megan Taylor Anderson, Thom Bresh, Guy Van Duser, Ben Hall, Brooks Robertson, and others. Presented in support of the exhibit Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar…

Concert: Muhlenburg County Thumbpickers

July 07, 2012

Chet Atkins was inspired by the complex fingerstyle guitar playing of Merle Travis called “thumbpicking.” This guitar style has been developed, passed down, preserved, and expanded by generations of players around Travis’s birthplace in Kentucky. Award-winning Muhlenburg County-area guitarists Joe Hudson, Paul Mosely, Eddie Pennington, and Freddie Russell will perform. Presented in support of the exhibit Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player, made possible by the Gretsch Company.

Concert: Earl Klugh

June 30, 2012

June 30, 2012 Grammy-winning, Atlanta-based guitarist Earl Klugh saluted his friend and musical hero Chet Atkins during a program held Saturday, June 30, 2012, in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater. A master of acoustic guitar and fingerstyle technique, Klugh invited fellow Atkins acolytes Ben Hall, John Knowles, Bill Piburn, Mark Pritcher, and Steve Wariner to join him in various musical combinations throughout the concert. Klugh opened the program recalling his mother’s love for country music, and how he discovered Atkins on Perry Como’s television variety show in the mid-1960s. Klugh, age thirteen and living in…

Love, Poverty, Suicide, Patriotism: The Songs of Bill Anderson, Still Successful After All These Years

June 28, 2012

Bill Anderson has been a part of Nashville’s musical landscape for more than fifty years. He has achieved success as a recording artist, game-show host, soap-opera actor, and restaurant owner, but his songwriting remains the common denominator. Songwriting has kept him relevant and on the country charts at a time of life when most artists’ careers have slowed down. In recent years Anderson’s songs have been hits for artists such as Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill, and George Strait. At the same time, the early days of Anderson’s career have been chronicled in a multi-CD box set The First…

Nashville Cats: Salute to Session Player Jimmy Capps

June 16, 2012

June 16, 2012 Guitarist Jimmy Capps can testify to the importance of word-of-mouth recommendations For example, he recalled when veteran Music Row guitarist Ray Edenton wanted to go fishing one day in 1971, the established musician suggested to a producer that he hire the younger Capps in his place. The session, for singer Freddie Hart, included the recording of Hart’s biggest career hit, the #1 “Easy Loving,” featuring Capps on rhythm guitar. Hart insisted Capps play on his next recording session and the one after that. “I found out that there’s nothing more important than a recommendation from one of…

Concert: Steve Wariner: Intimate Performance and Tribute to Chet Atkins

June 09, 2012

June 9, 2012 Steve Wariner honored his mentor, Chet Atkins, in a program at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum highlighting Wariner’s musical and personal connections to the late Country Music Hall of Fame member. During the ninety-minute concert, Wariner entertained the packed Ford Theater crowd with stories about Atkins. Wariner played bass in Atkins’s touring band in the mid-1970s, and Atkins signed Wariner to RCA Records in 1978 and produced his early albums. “He’s the reason I’m even here today,” Wariner said. “It all happened for me because Chet Atkins saw a skinny little kid from Indiana…

Poets and Prophets: Salute to Legendary Country Songwriter Mark D. Sanders

May 26, 2012

May 26, 2012 Mark D. Sanders can pinpoint the moment he evolved from an acoustic singer-songwriter focused on downcast, personal works into a Nashville hit-maker known for up-tempo toe-tappers and uplifting anthems. In the 1980s and early 1990s, Sanders wrote regularly with the late John Jarrard, whom he had met at a songwriting conference. Sanders had moved to Nashville in 1980 from Orange County, California, and he described his first songs after arriving as “the most depressing, wrist-slashing stuff imaginable-and it was all about my life.” Around 1990, Jarrard suggested inviting songwriter Bob DiPiero to join them. ‘He’d had hits,”…

Country Music: A Family Affair: The Photography Of Elmer Williams

May 23, 2012

Sibling and family acts were a staple of early country music. The 1930s and ’40s saw “the first family of country music,” the Carters (A.P, Sara, and Maybelle), along with Bill and Charlie Monroe, Alton and Rabon Delmore and the Blue Sky Boys (Bill and Earl Bolick), popularizing country music and paving the way for future singers and pickers. The second great era of family acts came in the 1950s and saw a new generation of the Carter family on country radio, along with family acts like the Louvin Brothers, the Browns, and the Wilburn Brothers. Elmer Williams, a popular…

Artist-in-Residence: Kenny Rogers

May 10, 2012

May 10, 2012 Kenny Rogers illustrated the vastness of his catalog of well-known hits by presenting a markedly different set of songs for the second of two consecutive nights of concerts at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. As the museum’s 2012 artist-in-residence, Rogers was given carte blanche to curate his own shows, both of which sold out quickly. Free to do whatever he found most pleasing, or challenging, Rogers chose to survey his fifty-year-plus career by performing two dissimilar concerts, complete with his regular seven-piece band. Even the two surprise guests were different for both nights. Rogers…

Artist-in-Residence: Kenny Rogers

May 09, 2012

May 9, 2012 Kenny Rogers set aside his usual concert agenda to reflect on a career of more than fifty years of music-making in the first of two special performances in the 213-seat Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Named the museum’s 2012 artist-in-residence, Rogers responded by creating a one-of-a-kind, intimate experience for the sold-out crowd. He discussed different stages of his career with humor, insight, and poignancy, and he delved into the background of his most famous songs. His stories emphasized the coincidental nature of stardom, how some of his biggest breaks and most…

Interview: Jerry Bradley

April 28, 2012

Music executive Jerry Bradley learned to engineer and produce records while assisting his father, legendary Music Row producer Owen Bradley. After working as a publisher with his family's Forest Hills Music, Jerry joined RCA Records as Chet Atkins's assistant and succeeded Atkins as head of RCA Nashville from 1973 to 1982. In addition to signing acts including Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, and Eddie Rabbitt, he played a major role in country's Outlaw phenomenon. From 1986 to 2002, Bradley helmed the Opryland Music Group of publishing companies, while continuing his role as Music Row's merriest prankster.  In this public interview, Bradley will…

My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers

April 11, 2012

April 12, 2012 Merle Haggard, at age twelve, attended a Maddox Brothers & Rose concert with his older brother Lowell. During the show, Haggard fixated on Roy Nichols, a young guitarist who coaxed a distinct, piercing sound from his Fender Telecaster guitar, the likes of which Haggard previously had never heard. “On the way out there, Lowell said, ‘They’ve got a little guitar player from Fresno, and he’s only fifteen years old, and he doesn’t have to pick cotton or go to school,’” Haggard said, opening his eyes wide to mimic his reaction as a kid. “I said, ‘Boy, that’s…

Keith Urban & Vince Gill : We’re All for the Hall 2012

April 10, 2012

April 10, 2012 Keith Urban kicked off his annual Nashville benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum by saying, “Third time’s a charm, right?” More than three hours later, after a stunning parade of performers-ranging from Hall of Fame members to contemporary stars to hot newcomers-a rowdy sold-out crowd enthusiastically agreed. The concert, an annual event known as We’re All for the Hall and hosted once again by Urban, features an all-star lineup of country music artists who donate time to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This year, Urban and his We’re…

The Bristol Sessions / My Husband Jimmie Rodgers

March 27, 2012

Spanning the border of northeastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia, the town of Bristol has a special place in the history of country music. In 1927, New York–based executive Ralph Peer, of the Victor Talking Machine Company (soon to become RCA Victor), came to Bristol to supervise what proved to be a remarkable series of sessions. Along with other producers, Peer had been recording country acts in various cities since 1922, and in 1926 he held his first Victor session with Virginian Ernest V. “Pop” Stoneman, already famous for his1925 hit “The Titanic.” Strong sales led Peer to schedule more sessions…

Panel Discussion: Together Again: Pioneers of the Bakersfield Sound

March 24, 2012

March 24, 2012 Musicians who were active at the dawn of the Bakersfield Sound (1940s-1960s) discuss their involvement in California’s country music scene. Songwriting legend Dallas Frazier began his career in Bakersfield, where he was mentored by Ferlin Husky and appeared on the television show Cousin Herb’s Trading Post. Fiddler Don Maddox is the only surviving member of Maddox Brothers & Rose, one of the first country acts to attain widespread popularity in the Golden State. Rose Lee Maphis appeared on West Coast TV broadcasts with her late husband, Joe Maphis, with whom she recorded “Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (and…

Panel Discussion: Chet Atkins, Record Producer: Behind the Scenes at RCA

March 17, 2012

March 17, 2012 Friends and colleagues of the late Chet Atkins remembered the guitarist with fondness and admiration during a panel in the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s Ford Theater on Saturday, March 17, 2012. “I knew he knew what he was doing,” said vocalist Dolores Edgin, who worked many sessions with Atkins. “You didn’t doubt Chet.” She also recalled that he had a good sense of humor, an observation echoed by other members of the panel including songwriter John D. Loudermilk, who told jokes he heard from Atkins. Guitarist Ray Edenton praised Atkins for his musicianship: “I…

Nashville Cats: Salute to Session Player John Hobbs

March 10, 2012

March 10, 2012 Renowned keyboardist John Hobbs-who has recorded hits in pop, R&B, and rock as well as in country music-confessed that he tended not to notice borders between musical genres. “I like all kinds of music,” said Hobbs, who was honored as part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s quarterly Nashville Cats series, which pays tribute to musicians who have played an integral role in the history of country music. “I don’t really make a big distinction. It’s always hard for me to understand why somebody goes, ‘I hate all country music,’ or ‘I hate all…

Poets and Prophets: Salute to Legendary Country Songwriter Sonny Curtis

February 25, 2012

February 25, 2012 Pressure apparently inspires songwriter Sonny Curtis. The seventy-four-year-old native of Meadow, Texas, created two of his best-loved songs-the rocking “I Fought the Law” and the melodic “Love Is All Around” (the classic theme song for the hit television series The Mary Tyler Moore Show)-in a flash because of looming deadlines. Curtis wrote “I Fought the Law” in fifteen minutes in Texas before heading to New York for a 1959 recording session with the Crickets, the band Curtis joined after the death of his friend, Buddy Holly. The band recorded the song in Manhattan’s Bell Studios and included…

One for the Ages

January 26, 2012

As I walked through galleries of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum a couple of weeks ago, my attention was drawn to performance footage of the amazing Bobbie Gentry. She was performing her classic “Ode to Billie Joe” on a television show from the 1970s. Not only was she stunningly beautiful, but her incredibly unique voice and writing style were second to none. I have heard the song most of my life, and I remember that the “spooky” quality of the story, the vocal, and the musical arrangement scared me as a child. So much so, that I…

Watch a wedding at the Hall come to life!

January 13, 2012

We had a blast working with Danielle, Cade and their wedding planner, Angela Proffitt, on this recent wedding that took place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The ceremony was held in the Rotunda, followed by an unforgettable reception in the Conservatory. It took so much planning and preparation to put this wedding together: watch it all come to life below. But don’t take our word for it. Read excerpts from a glowing thank-you letter from the mother of this beautiful bride: I cannot “thank you” enough for the amazing job that you did for Cade and…

New encyclopedia a labor of love

January 10, 2012

Most reasonable people would bristle at a request to edit a massive, word-weighty encyclopedia consisting of more than 1,200 entries, ranging from 200 to 2,000 words each. But my answer was, “I would love to.” My enthusiasm came because it was the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Country Music, originally published in 1998 in a partnership between the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Oxford University Press. Without question, the original Encyclopedia of Country Music is the book I have opened the most in the last 13 years. As a music journalist by trade, I relied on…

Hatch at the National Folk Festival

December 15, 2011

Earlier this year, the Hatch crew had the opportunity to participate in the 73rd National Folk Festival. Among the waves of people that visited our tent were students, fellow printers, curious strangers to the process, and a handful of folks with their own stories and memories of the shop. We went in ready to educate others about what we do, but ended up learning a thing or two ourselves. Manager Jim Sherraden reflects on our experience: “I was excited about going to the Folk Festival and having a tent and a demonstration, but in the back of my mind I…

Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum: Sarah Trahern

December 12, 2011

December 12, 2011 A few years back, Sarah Trahern turned on morning news coverage of the Iowa presidential caucuses one wintry day. Watching it, she flashed back to a previous job as a producer for the cable TV channel C-SPAN, and for a moment she missed being in the middle of a bustling political campaign instead of watching press coverage from afar.   Then she realized her job that day, as producer of a cable network special Country in the Rockies, involved riding a snowmobile with famous country musicians through scenic mountain passages near Crested Butte, Colorado.   Trahern had…

Concert and Autograph Signing: Suzy Bogguss

December 10, 2011

December 10, 2011 Suzy Bogguss admitted that, even today, seventeen years later, she still brags “constantly” about the record she made with her longtime friend, Chet Atkins, in 1994. Bogguss and a talented band appeared Saturday, December 10, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, in a performance supporting the museum’s exhibition Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player, Her set included three songs from that album, titled Simpatico: “I Still Miss Someone,” “When She Smiled at Him,” and “One More for the Road.” Museum staffer Ali Tonn interviewed Bogguss early in the program. The singer recalled that the first…

Poets and Prophets: Salute to Legendary Country Songwriter Wayne Carson

December 03, 2011

December 3, 2011 Wayne Carson wrote his first song to try and impress a young woman he had just met. He named the song “Coco,” the nickname given the woman by her friends, because they said her short, Audrey Hepburn-styled hairdo made her look like a coconut. The song achieved its goal: The two went on a date. More importantly, it led Carson, a young guitarist at the time, to talk shop with other professional songwriters. “I found out they were making money,” Carson said. “I thought, ‘God, you can do this and get paid for it-and there’s girls involved!‘That…

Second Harvest and LifeFlight

November 08, 2011

As a nonprofit museum, we are always thrilled when fellow nonprofit organizations choose to support the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum by holding their events with us. A lot of planners are surprised to learn that we are glad to offer 30% off of venue rental for fundraising events hosted by nonprofits. One recent weekend in October, we opened our doors for two stunning fundraisers. As is the case for most fundraisers, the silent auction played a huge role in the success of this event. The planners really wanted to draw guests’ attention to some of the incredible…

Nashville Cats: Salute to Session Player D.J. Fontana

October 22, 2011

October 22, 2011 D.J. Fontana accumulated a variety of experiences as a drummer before Elvis Presley asked him to join his band, the Blue Moon Boys, in August 1955. Fontana’s decision to join them resulted in his becoming one of the most celebrated musicians in American music history. As a teen growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana, Fontana performed in rock and country combos, and he provided backup for the diverse acts who appeared on the Louisiana Hayride radio show in the early 1950s, when he was the show’s staff drummer. “Elvis wanted me to catch every move he made,” Fontana…

Panel Discussion: Land of 1,000 Dances: The Groundbreaking Sounds of Muscle Shoals, with David Briggs

October 13, 2011

October 13, 2011 The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum hosted a reunion of musicians, producers, songwriters, and performers who helped pioneer and popularize the Muscle Shoals, Alabama, music industry on October 13, 2011. The panel discussion, Land of 1,000 Dances: The Groundbreaking Sounds of Muscle Shoals, featured David Briggs, Donnie Fritts, Rick Hall, Jimmy Johnson, Dan Penn, Norbert Putnam, Spooner Oldham, and Candi Staton. Music historian and author Holly George-Warren moderated the discussion. The panel was presented in partnership with the Americana Music Association.

Camaraderie At Its Finest

October 12, 2011

I had the great privilege of spending the morning at Studio B with ten WW II veterans from the West Point class of 1946 and their wives. They were in Nashville for a reunion. These gentlemen and ladies were all in their eighties and nineties, and remarked that it could be the last time they ever see each other. They shared a myriad of stories with me about their years in the service. Most of them were stationed at Fort Knox in the late 1940s, and used to come down to Nashville on leave for the weekend. They reminisced about…

Concert: Joe Robinson and Pat Bergeson Salute Chet Atkins

October 01, 2011

October 1, 2011 Young guitar phenom Joe Robinson ripped through an eight-song set Oct. 1 in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater, in support of the exhibit Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player. Pat Bergeson, who toured with Atkins for a number of years, joined Robinson on the program. Robinson and Bergeson talked about Atkins and their respective arrivals in Nashville during a mid-set interview. Robinson came with his mother from Australia at age fifteen, to appear at an annual meeting of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society. After knocking on lots of doors, Robinson caught the ear…

All For The Hall Los Angeles 2011

September 13, 2011

September 13, 2011 Zac Brown looked across at the two Country Music Hall of Famers and two veteran rock stars who shared the Club Nokia stage with him as part of the All for the Hall Los Angeles fundraising concert. He then modestly suggested that he didn’t belong in such esteemed company. More than two hours later, however, Brown’s powerful performances proved him wrong, as his songs fit nicely alongside those of Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, and Emmylou Harris. When Brown finished a solo acoustic version of his song “Free,” in which he broke into…

Artist In Residence: Connie Smith

September 12, 2011

September 12, 2011 Connie Smith shared the stage with some of her favorite female country artists during her third and final show as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s 2011 artist-in-residence. “Tonight’s show is about me and the girls,” Smith said at the outset of the September 12 concert in the museum’s Ford Theater. “The girls that have influenced me, and the girls that have come after me-that have become friends of mine and sing some of my music every now and then.” Recognizing her predecessors, Smith sang Jean Shepard’s 1955 hit “I Thought of You” before calling…

Poets and Prophets: Salute to Legendary Country Songwriter Jerry Foster

September 10, 2011

September 10, 2011 Their songwriting prowess has prompted comparisons to powerhouse creative teams such as Rodgers and Hammerstein or Leiber and Stoller, but Jerry Foster and Bill Rice worked in country music, their fame spread through recordings by the likes of Charley Pride, Jerry Lee Lewis, Nat Stuckey, Hank Williams Jr., and Ferlin Husky. Though not as well known as those other songwriting collaborators, Foster and Rice were elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994. Watch the complete program video here. Foster was the lively subject of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s quarterly songwriter…

Touchstones

September 08, 2011

While walking through the museum the other day, I was struck by the cowgirl boots that belonged to the late Patsy Montana. They are so small and beautifully crafted. So was Patsy herself. She was quite a pioneer for women, having had the first big hit by a solo female artist in country music. She wrote and recorded the classic “I Wanna Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” which became a country music standard. The song was later recorded by many artists, including LeAnn Rimes and Suzy Bogguss. I had the great pleasure of meeting Patsy Montana at the original Country Music…

Artist In Residence: Connie Smith

August 29, 2011

For tickets to the final Connie Smith Artist-in-Residence show on September 12, click here. August 29, 2011 Connie Smith highlighted her close relationship with songwriters during the second of three concerts as the 2011 artist-in-residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The program highlighted Smith’s knack for finding outstanding country songs while emphasizing her enthusiastic support for those who write them. A tradition of the artist-in-residence series is that special guests aren’t revealed prior to the program, lending the evening an element of surprise. To the delight of a reverent, occasionally rowdy audience in the museum’s Ford…

Galey Massa Time Lapse

August 29, 2011

People often are amazed at the amount of setup that goes into a private event at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. We are a museum first and foremost, but when we begin setting up for after-hours events we move quickly. Last summer, this time-lapse video captured the transformation of our Curb Conservatory from Museum entry area into the site of a wedding reception for Megan and Joe Massa. Credit goes to Dove Wedding Photography, Elegant Weddings by Angela, Reveal Event Style, Music City Tents and Events, Nashville Event Lighting, Blue Nova Designs, FABU Event Decor, Chef’s Market,…