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Legendary Songwriter Jimmy Webb to Be Featured in Poets and Prophets Series at the Museum

March 23, 2017 | Posted by CMHOF Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 22, 2017—The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will feature Grammy-winning songwriter Jimmy Webb in the next installment of the special series Poets and Prophets. Hosted by museum editor Michael Gray, the event will take place on Saturday, April 29, at 2:00 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater. Webb’s in-depth interview will include stories behind some of country and pop music’s most enduring songs. The discussion will be illustrated with vintage photos, film footage, and recordings. In addition to the interview, Webb will offer a short performance. Following the program, Webb will sign a commemorative Hatch Show Print poster and copies of his new memoir, The Cake and the Rain, available for purchase in the Museum Store. 

A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Oklahoma native Webb was a chief source of material for Glen Campbell, who recorded Webb’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” fifty years ago. Campbell reached #1 with “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston,” and charted with Webb’s “Honey Come Back,” “Where’s the Playground Susie,” “Still Within the Sound of My Voice” and other songs. Waylon Jennings earned his first Grammy with Webb’s “MacArthur Park,” in 1969. In 1986, Webb won a Grammy, Country Song of the Year, for “Highwayman,” a #1 hit for Jennings, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson as the Highwaymen.

New York-based Webb has received Grammy Awards for his music, lyrics and orchestration, working with a wide range of artists including the Fifth Dimension, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker and many others. Last year Webb received the Academy of Country Music’s Poet Award.

Poets and Prophets is included with museum admission and free to museum members. Seating is limited, and passes are required for admittance. Museum members can reserve program passes in advance by phone (615-416-2050) or via e-mail (reservations@countrymusichalloffame.org). The program will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming.

For 10 years, Poets and Prophets has honored songwriters who have made significant contributions to country music history. Previous subjects include Al Anderson, Bill Anderson, Matraca Berg, Bobby Braddock, Wayne Carson, Buzz Cason, Jerry Chesnut, Hank Cochran, Roger Cook, Sonny Curtis, Dean Dillon, Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Kye Fleming, Jerry Foster, Dallas Frazier, Red Lane, Dickey Lee, John D. Loudermilk, Shane McAnally, Bob McDill, Roger Murrah, Paul Overstreet, Dan Penn, Gretchen Peters, Curly Putman, Mike Reid, Allen Reynolds, Mark D. Sanders, Don Schlitz, Whitey Shafer, Red Simpson, Jeffrey Steele, Sonny Throckmorton, Billy Edd Wheeler, Norro Wilson and Craig Wiseman. Additional information about Poets and Prophets can be found at countrymusichalloffame.org.

Poets and Prophets is made possible, in part, by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum collects, preserves, and interprets country music and its history for the education and entertainment of diverse audiences. In exhibits, publications, and educational programs, the museum explores the cultural importance and enduring beauty of the art form. The 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 is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and in 2016 welcomed nearly 1.2 million patrons, placing it among the ten most-visited history museums in the U.S. The Country Music Foundation operates Historic RCA Studio B, Hatch Show Print® poster shop, CMF Records, the Frist Library and Archive, and CMF Press. Museum programs are supported by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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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