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 in advance by phone (615-416-2050) or via firstname.lastname@example.org. The interview and performance will be streamed live on the museum’s website.
Lee will sign a commemorative Hatch Show Print poster, available for purchase in the Museum Store following the program. Lee’s appearance is presented in connection with the exhibition Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips.
A Memphis native, Lee released some of his earliest singles on Sam Phillips’s Sun 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. He wrote “Let’s Fall to Pieces Together” (George Strait), “You’re the First Time I’ve Thought about Leaving” (Reba McEntire), “The Door Is Always Open” (Dave & Sugar, Jamey Johnson), “In a Different Light” (Doug Stone), and “The Keeper of the Stars” (Tracy Byrd).
The Poets and Prophets series honors songwriters who have made significant contributions to country music history. Previous subjects include 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, John D. Loudermilk, Bob McDill, Roger Murrah, Dan Penn, Gretchen Peters, Curly Putman, Allen Reynolds, Mark D. Sanders, Don Schlitz, Whitey Shafer, Red Simpson, Jeffrey Steele, Sonny Throckmorton, Billy Edd Wheeler, Norro Wilson and Craig Wiseman.
Poets and Prophets is made possible, in part, by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and by an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information about Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips, running through June 2016, click here. Follow @countrymusichof on Twitter and join the conversation using #CosmicSamPhillips.
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 Historic RCA Studio B, Hatch Show PrintTM, CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive and CMF Press. Museum programs are made possible, in part, by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and under agreements with the National Endowment for the Arts.
Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.