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 tables and individual seats are on sale now and available for purchase at $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000 levels. Event proceeds will support the Museum’s education programs, which reached over 160,000 people in 2014. Details to reserve a table or individual seat are available below.
Attendees of the event have a rare opportunity to witness award-winning, critically acclaimed artists partake in something similar to a southern tradition known as the guitar pull, where a small group of musicians gather together and take turns presenting their songs while the other artists look on or add harmony and instrumentation. Originated in Nashville, some of the most legendary guitar pull sessions were hosted by none other than Johnny and June Carter Cash. All for the Hall New York participants will decide what to sing in the spur of the moment, with no set list, as they casually swap songs and stories during this one-of-a kind event.
Each year, Gill and Harris return to perform at the All for the Hall benefit concert. This year, they will be in the company of Paisley, the singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three Grammys, two American Music Awards, and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. Underwood, a multi-format, multi-media superstar with spanning achievements in music, television, and film, has won seven Grammy awards and is the first female artist to be named twice as the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, will take the stage as well. Past participants include Jason Aldean, Gregg Allman, Zac Brown, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Patty Griffin, Levon Helm, Chris Isaak, Kris Kristofferson, Pat Monahan, Lionel Richie, Taylor Swift, Dwight Yoakam and more.
The museum’s All for the Hall campaign launched in 2005 and addresses the museum’s need for long-term financial security. Currently in its eighth year on the road, the annual fundraising event helps to provide a safety net for the institution and its work. This year’s proceeds will be dedicated to the support of the museum’s educational programs, which teach audiences about the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music.
VIP tables and tickets are available now, and patrons have the option of purchasing a full table of 10 for $10,000, a half table for $5,000, or an individual floor level seat for $1,000. A full list of VIP ticket levels and benefits can be found at www.countrymusichalloffame.org/afthny.To purchase tickets or for more information, patrons may contact Rachel Shapiro at 615-416-2069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All for the Hall New York is produced by CAA’s Rod Essig, Vector Management’s Ken Levitan and BMI’s Jody Williams. The event is made possible by the generosity of AEG Live and the Best Buy Theater. All table and ticket purchases are a tax deductible charitable contribution to support the preservation of country music’s heritage.
About the Performers:
Brad Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three Grammys, two American Music awards, 14 Academy of Country Music awards and 14 Country Music Association awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written or co-written 20 of his 23 #1 singles with the first being his 1999 hit “He Didn’t Have to Be” and his most recent, “Perfect Storm,” from his chart- topping 2014 album Moonshine in the Trunk. Paisley’s current single is “Crushin’ It” from the same album, and he kicked off his Crushin’ It World Tour the middle of May by playing to over 50,000 fans. Paisley has recently partnered with Boot Barn® and developed an exclusive line of jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley.
Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television and film. A seven-time Grammy winner, she has amassed nearly 100 major honors, sold more than 56 million records worldwide and recorded 21 #1 singles, 11 of which she co-wrote. The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized as Pollstar’s top female country touring artist for her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Her four studio albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On and Blown Away—each certified multi-platinum or platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Country Album of the Year—tallied 38 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with songs that have been streamed more than 1.4 billion times worldwide. In 2013, she starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. In late 2014, after co-hosting the CMA Awards for her seventh year, the Grand Ole Opry member released her first hits collection, Greatest Hits: Decade #1. Celebrating her first 10 years of music, the 25-song collection included two new hits co-written by Underwood: the platinum-certified, Grammy-winning “Something in the Water,” as well as the #1 smash “Little Toy Guns.” Poised to return for her third season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football, Underwood is currently working on new music for her fifth studio album.
One of the most popular singers in modern country music, Vince Gill is famous for his top-notch songwriting, world-class guitar playing and warm, soaring tenor, all wrapped up in a quick and easy wit. Gill achieved his big breakthrough in 1990 with “When I Call Your Name,” which won both the Country Music Association’s Single and Song of the Year award as well as a Grammy. Since then, he has won 17 more CMA honors, including Song of the Year four times—making him the most-awarded artist in that category in CMA history. The CMA just honored Gill with its prestigious Irving Waugh Award of Excellence which is given to an individual who is “the originator and caretaker of demonstrated ideas and actions that have dramatically broadened and improved country music's influence.” Gill and Johnny Cash are the only artists to have received this award. Gill was also recently presented the BMI Icon Award which is given to "songwriters who have had a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." Since 1990, Gill has won 20 Grammys. The Academy of Country Music has conferred upon Gill eight awards, including its prestigious Home Depot Humanitarian Award and the 2011 Career Achievement Award. Gill was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. He is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry. In August 2012, Gill was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is a member of the four-time Grammy-nominated band The Time Jumpers.
Emmylou Harris is a 13-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, whose career spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008, she remains an inspiration to new generations of artists. Harris’ most recent album, a collaboration with Rodney Crowell, The Traveling Kind, was released in 2015. In addition to music, Harris is a champion of many humanitarian causes, including landmine removal and animal rescue.
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.
More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.
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