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Big night (at the Museum)

October 28 at 8:00 PM CT

We're proud to present BIG NIGHT (At the Museum), an unprecedented musical celebration and a much-needed fundraiser for the Museum. Premiering at 8:00 PM CT October 28, the BIG NIGHT features a cast of country music's modern masters playing timeless songs on some of the genre’s most treasured instruments.

The event is free to view, exclusively on the Museum's YouTube channel.

BIG NIGHT (At the Museum) will generate support for the museum and its work with exhibitions, collections preservation and educational programming. Since the museum closed in mid-March due to COVID-19, it has suffered significant financial losses and has been forced to cancel many of its planned educational events. During BIG NIGHT (At the Museum), donations are welcomed via YouTube Giving and a text to donate option: text ‘Donate’ to (833) 977-2643.

The pandemic created a unique set of circumstances that allowed museum staff to safely remove historic instruments from exhibit cases and be played. For BIG NIGHT (At the Museum), instruments, artists and songs were carefully matched to highlight personal and artistic connections.

These include:

Alison Brown plays Earl Scruggs’s 1930 Gibson RB Granada banjo

Kane Brown sings a Randy Travis hit with accompaniment on Travis’s Gibson J-185KOA guitar

Carlene Carter plays the 1928 Gibson L-5 guitar that belonged to her grandmother Maybelle Carter

Rodney Crowell pays tribute to songwriters Guy Clark and Boudleaux and Felice Bryant

Country Music Hall of Fame member Emmylou Harris uses Boudleaux Bryant’s 1961 Martin guitar to partner with Crowell on a Bryant classic

Miranda Lambert plays John Prine’s David Russell Young custom-made guitar

Ashley McBryde plays Loretta Lynn’s 1956 Gibson J-50 guitar

Country Music Hall of Fame member Reba McEntire pays homage to Patsy Cline

Tim McGraw plays Keith Whitley’s C.W. Parsons acoustic guitar

Keb’ Mo’ plays the 1928 custom Weymann guitar that belonged to Jimmie Rodgers

Brad Paisley plays Don Rich’s 1964 Fender Telecaster

Country Music Hall of Fame member Ricky Skaggs plays Bill Monroe’s 1923 Gibson F-5 mandolin

Country Music Hall of Fame member Marty Stuart plays Lester Flatt’s 1950 Martin D-28 guitar

The War and Treaty pays tribute to Ray Charles

Dan Tyminski joins Paisley in performance, using Buck Owens’s red, white and blue American acoustic guitar

Lucinda Williams plays Johnny Cash’s customized Martin D-35S guitar

The event is hosted by Marty Stuart, with audio supervision by Dave Cobb.


Countdown to BIG NIGHT (At the Museum)

October 28 at 7:30 PM CT

Hosted by Tenille Townes, with special guest Carly Pearce, Countdown to BIG NIGHT (At the Museum) will be livestreamed exclusively on the museum’s YouTube channel at 7:30 pm CT on Oct. 28.

During Countdown to BIG NIGHT (At the Museum), Townes and Pearce will each perform a song associated with an artist who influenced them. These tribute performances by Townes and Pearce reflect the broader aim of BIG NIGHT (At the Museum) — to celebrate country music history and the music itself, which has endured across many generations.

Countdown to BIG NIGHT (At the Museum) will also kick off an auction, in which viewers can bid on a Gibson SJ-200 guitar signed by all artists performing on BIG NIGHT (At the Museum). The auction closes at 5 pm CT on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. There will be other surprises announced throughout the countdown program for those who tune in.

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BIG NIGHT (At the Museum) in the Media


"Country Music Hall of Fame plans 'Big Night' all-star concert on YouTube" – Tennesseean

"On 'BIG NIGHT at the Museum,' country music's precious artifacts get to sing again" – Tennesseean

"Brad Paisley, Dan Tyminski, Lucinda Williams Join Big Night At The Museum Lineup" – Music Row

"Miranda Lambert, Marty Stuart Set for Country Music Hall of Fame Fundraiser" – Rolling Stone

"Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash’s Historic Guitars Will Be Played Live Again" – Rolling Stone

"Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and More Join Lineup for Country Music Hall of Fame Fundraiser" – PopCulture.com

"Marty Stuart: The Cream Interview" – Nashville Scene

"Iconic instruments matched with pickers at the Country Music Hall of Fame" – Bluegrass Today

"Miranda Lambert, Kane Brown & more performing on virtual Country Music Hall of Fame fundraiser " – ABC News Radio

"Before ‘BIG NIGHT,’ Carlene Carter Remembers Maybelle Carter" – CMT

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