NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 1, 2013 - The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's Hot Nights at the Hall summer concert series for museum members will return on June 4 with a performance by Ashley Monroe. The series, which debuted in the summer of 2010, features live music; complimentary food; a cash bar; autograph signings; a limited edition, commemorative Hatch Show Print® poster and exclusive access to the museum and Museum Store. Upcoming performers include Sarah Darling on July 19 and Craig Campbell on August 9.
Admission to Hot Nights at the Hall is free to all museum members. Museum membership begins at $40 and includes admission to all three concert events as well as a year of free admission to the museum, invitations to other member-only events and much more. A membership may be purchased at the door on each night of the series, by phone at (615) 291-8419 or at countrymusichalloffame.org/membership.
"Our members are a vital part of our museum family, and their contributions directly support our mission," said Museum Director Kyle Young. "Hot Nights at the Hall allows us to say 'thank you' to the members we have, and to encourage others to join us by providing them with a really great value and yet another benefit to museum membership. We're excited to bring the series back for a third year and again offer members old and new a chance to hear some great music, meet the performers, and enjoy our exhibits after hours."
The 2013 Hot Nights at the Hall schedule includes:
Tuesday, June 4 Ashley Monroe
Warner Nashville artist Ashley Monroe released her critically acclaimed album, Like a Rose, in March. Rolling Stone gave the album four stars, declaring, "Nine songs, 32 minutes, no false moves." In addition to writing her own songs, she has written hits for Jason Aldean ("The Truth") and Miranda Lambert ("Heart Like Mine"). In 2011, Monroe formed the Pistol Annies with Lambert and Angaleena Presley; the trio's debut album, Hell on Heels was a critical and commercial hit. The Pistol Annies will release their second album on May 7. A true collaborator, Monroe also contributed vocals to rock band Train's single "Bruises."
Friday, July 19 Sarah Darling
Recently celebrating the success of her latest radio single, "Home to Me," which has sold over 100,000 downloads, Sarah Darling is on the brink of country music stardom. Called "a sophisticated songwriter with a crisp, powerful voice" by the New York Times, Darling pairs her uncanny knack for songwriting with her passion for performing on stage. Her latest EP, Home to Me, which is now available on iTunes and in stores nationwide, comes after her 2011 critically acclaimed music video for "Something to Do with Your Hands" hit the #1 spot on CMT.com and received over 1.2 million views. Fans can catch her out on the road performing fairs and festivals this summer, as well as on the historic Grand Ole Opry stage where she has been honored with the chance to perform over 30 times.
Friday, August 9 Craig Campbell
Since his discovery playing honky-tonks on Nashville's Lower Broadway, Craig Campbell has earned a reputation for his straightforward, neo-traditionalist country sound with singles "Family Man" and "Fish." He has won songwriting awards from SESAC, been nominated for two American Country Awards, and made national TV appearances on Fox & Friends and Marie. His current single, "Outta My Head," is climbing the charts. Bigger Picture Group will release Campbell's second album, Never Regret¸ on May 7.
The June Hot Nights at the Hall event will begin at 8:00 p.m., in the museum's Curb Conservatory, and the July and August installments will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Each concert will be followed by a Live From the Museum Store, presented by CMT autograph signing. The series also offers members a sneak peek of two upcoming exhibitions-Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour in June and Reba: All the Women I Am in August. For more information on Hot Nights at the Hall or museum membership, please visit countrymusichalloffame.org/membership.
Hot Nights at the Hall is made possible by generous contributions from the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission, with additional support from Music City Tents & Events and RJ Young.
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 CMF Records, the museum's Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.
More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.
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