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.
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."
Poets and Prophets
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. Watch the complete program video here.
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.
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.