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Big night (at the Museum)

We're grateful to the artists, our partner YouTube, and to the music fans who tuned in Wednesday evening, October 28, to help make our musical celebration and digital fundraising event, BIG NIGHT (At the Museum), a success.

More than $743,000 was raised for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Coronavirus Relief Fund during the premiere of BIG NIGHT, and all of those donations help sustain the Museum and its mission of preserving and protecting country music history.



The entire BIG NIGHT (At the Museum) program, as well as individual performances from the film, are now available to view on demand on the Museum’s YouTube channel. We invite those who have not yet had a chance to watch to tune in and learn more about the Museum, our mission, and the work we're proud to do.

Anyone who'd like to contribute to our fundraiser can still make a donation via YouTube Giving, or by texting “Donate” to (833) 977-2643.

Add to your BIG NIGHT (At the Museum) excitement by heading to our online store to grab fittingly original keepsakes.
Up for auction: a high-end Gibson acoustic guitar signed by BIG NIGHT contributors. Up for sale: an original poster designed by Nashville's own Hatch Show Print.

BIG NIGHT (At the Museum) has generated 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. Following BIG NIGHT (At the Museum), donations are still 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.


BIG NIGHT (At the Museum) in the Media


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

"Ricky Skaggs Reunites with Bill Monroe’s Mandolin for ‘BIG NIGHT’ Event" – The Bluegrass Situation

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

"CBS This Morning: Talk of the Table" – CBS

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

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

"Marty Stuart: The Cream Interview" – Nashville Scene

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

"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

"Why the Country Music Hall of Fame Is Playing Its Most Valuable Instruments" – Rolling Stone

"Hall of Fame’s Big Night (at the Museum) Pairs Country Stars With Historic Instruments" – Taste of Country

"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

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