Bakersfield Opening Programs: Together Again: Pioneers of the Bakersfield Sound and Under Your Spell Again: The Sounds of Bakersfield
March 24, 2012
Several musicians with ties to California discussed the origins of the historic music scene in Bakersfield, California, during the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's gala opening weekend for its new exhibit, The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country.
March 17, 2012
Friends and colleagues of the late Chet Atkins remembered the guitarist with fondness and admiration during a panel in the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's Ford Theater on Saturday, March 17, 2012.
March 10, 2012
Renowned keyboardist John Hobbs-who has recorded hits in pop, R&B, and rock as well as in country music-confessed that he tended not to notice borders between musical genres.
Poets and Prophets
February 25, 2012
Pressure apparently inspires songwriter Sonny Curtis. The seventy-four-year-old native of Meadow, Texas, created two of his best-loved songs-the rocking "I Fought the Law" and the melodic "Love Is All Around" (the classic theme song for the hit television series The Mary Tyler Moore Show)-in a flash because of looming deadlines.
The Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum celebrated Ford Community Day for the fifth consecutive year on Saturday, February 4. The record crowd of more than 5000 visitors enjoyed free museum admission, courtesy of Ford Motor Company Fund, as well as a performance and autograph signing from Hunter Hayes, an autograph signing with the Oak Ridge Boys, a Hatch Show Print demonstration and a Musical Petting Zoo.event details
January 21, 2012
To celebrate publication of the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Country Music, music executive Scott Borchetta sat down on January 21, 2012, for an interview with museum staffer Michael McCall. Borchetta is one of ninety-two new entries in the encyclopedia, compiled by the staff of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and published by Oxford University Press. McCall served as an editor of the book, along with Paul Kingsbury and John W. Rumble.
December 12, 2011
A few years back, Sarah Trahern turned on morning news coverage of the Iowa presidential caucuses one wintry day. Watching it, she flashed back to a previous job as a producer for the cable TV channel C-SPAN, and for a moment she missed being in the middle of a bustling political campaign instead of watching press coverage from afar.
Suzy Bogguss admitted that, even today, seventeen years later, she still brags "constantly" about the record she made with her longtime friend, Chet Atkins, in 1994. Bogguss and a talented band appeared Saturday, December 10, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, in a performance supporting the museum's exhibition Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player, Her set included three songs from that album, titled Simpatico: "I Still Miss Someone," "When She Smiled at Him," and "One More for the Road."event details
December 6, 2011
Hank Williams Jr. capped the four-year run of his family's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit just as he opened it: With a powerful solo acoustic performance spiked with personal memories and songs that expressed the full spectrum of musical legacy.
Poets and Prophets
December 3, 2011
Wayne Carson wrote his first song to try and impress a young woman he had just met. He named the song "Coco," the nickname given the woman by her friends, because they said her short, Audrey Hepburn-styled hairdo made her look like a coconut.