March 4, 2014
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 from heartfelt to amusing.
Poets and Prophets
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 of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and is highly regarded for his humorous storytelling. This interview and performance will be illustrated with vintage photos, film footage, and recordings. Watch the complete program video here.event details
Artist in Residence
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.
Artist in Residence
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.
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 exhibit Terri Clark: Canadian Country Star. Watch the complete program video here.
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. Hosted by Bill Lloyd, this program will include appearances by Duane Eddy, Dan Dugmore, Country Music Hall of Fame Member Pig Robbins, Big E producer Steve Fishell, and more. Emmons himself will attend but will not perform. Presented in partnership with the Americana Music Association.event details
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, SunTrust, GenSpring, and WKRN-TV Nashville.Watch the complete video of this program here.
Mark Bright, who has worked with Carrie Underwood throughout her recording career, is one of the most successful music producers and executives in Nashville today. This program will focus on Bright's creative partnership with Underwood in the context of his larger career as a country music hit-maker for BlackHawk, Sara Evans, Lonestar, Scotty McCreery, Reba McEntire, Jo Dee Messina, and Rascal Flatts. Bright began producing Underwood in 2005, shortly after she won American Idol. Her debut project, Some Hearts, became Billboard's Country Album of the Decade. Bright also produced Underwood's next three albums, which have been certified multi-platinum and garnered numerous ACM, CMA, and Grammy awards. As a publisher Bright has overseen the catalogs of hit songwriters such as Brett James ("Jesus, Take the Wheel") and Danny Wells ("Check Yes or No"). This program will be illustrated with vintage photographs, film footage, and recordings. Presented in support of Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour Exhibition. Watch the complete program video here.event details
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."
June 9, 2013
Great songwriters overflow the borders of Nashville, said Music Row producer and songwriter Buddy Cannon, addressing a sold-out crowd at a tribute to the songwriter Hank Cochran at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. "They're everywhere here," Cannon continued. "But there's only one best songwriter, and that was Hank Cochran."