August 11, 2012
Songwriters Jerry Chesnut, Mac Davis, Dallas Frazier, and Billy Swan discussed and performed their original songs recorded by Elvis Presley at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Watch the complete program video here.
Poets and Prophets
July 28, 2012
Kye Fleming first came to Nashville in 1977 on her way back to Fort Smith, Arkansas, to visit her parents. At the time, Fleming was a singer-songwriter who had been performing as a solo act in coffeehouses across the country. After living and pursuing a music career briefly in Los Angeles, Boston, and finally New York City, the twenty-six-year-old needed a rest.
Chet Atkins was known as an innovative guitarist; as a producer who helped define the Nashville Sound; as a generous teacher and collaborator; and even as a student of other guitarists. This exhibit-closing concert will highlight the relationships that have been sparked and continue to grow around Chet's music, as well as the artists who are carrying on and expanding Chet's guitar style. John Knowles, c.g.p., hosts this tribute with guest performances by Megan Taylor Anderson, Thom Bresh, Guy Van Duser, Ben Hall, Brooks Robertson, and others. Presented in support of the exhibit Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player, made possible by the Gretsch Company.
Chet Atkins was inspired by the complex fingerstyle guitar playing of Merle Travis called "thumbpicking." This guitar style has been developed, passed down, preserved, and expanded by generations of players around Travis's birthplace in Kentucky. Award-winning Muhlenburg County-area guitarists Joe Hudson, Paul Mosely, Eddie Pennington, and Freddie Russell will perform. Presented in support of the exhibit Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player, made possible by the Gretsch Company.event details
June 30, 2012
Grammy-winning, Atlanta-based guitarist Earl Klugh saluted his friend and musical hero Chet Atkins during a program held Saturday, June 30, 2012, in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Ford Theater. A master of acoustic guitar and fingerstyle technique, Klugh invited fellow Atkins acolytes Ben Hall, John Knowles, Bill Piburn, Mark Pritcher, and Steve Wariner to join him in various musical combinations throughout the concert.
June 16, 2012
Guitarist Jimmy Capps can testify to the importance of word-of-mouth recommendations For example, he recalled when veteran Music Row guitarist Ray Edenton wanted to go fishing one day in 1971, the established musician suggested to a producer that he hire the younger Capps in his place. The session, for singer Freddie Hart, included the recording of Hart's biggest career hit, the #1 "Easy Loving," featuring Capps on rhythm guitar. Hart insisted Capps play on his next recording session and the one after that.
June 9, 2012
Steve Wariner honored his mentor, Chet Atkins, in a program at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum highlighting Wariner's musical and personal connections to the late Country Music Hall of Fame member.
Poets and Prophets
May 26, 2012
Mark D. Sanders can pinpoint the moment he evolved from an acoustic singer-songwriter focused on downcast, personal works into a Nashville hit-maker known for up-tempo toe-tappers and uplifting anthems.
Artist in Residence
May 10, 2012
Kenny Rogers illustrated the vastness of his catalog of well-known hits by presenting a markedly different set of songs for the second of two consecutive nights of concerts at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Artist in Residence
May 9, 2012
Kenny Rogers set aside his usual concert agenda to reflect on a career of more than fifty years of music-making in the first of two special performances in the 213-seat Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.