Country Music Hall of Fame


Poets and Prophets: Salute to Legendary Songwriter Allen Shamblin

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 02:00pm

​Allen Shamblin is co-writer of “The House That Built Me,” a #1 hit for Miranda Lambert, and Song of the Year in 2010 for both the CMA and ACM. The song was inspired by Shamblin’s bittersweet visit to his childhood home in Huffman, Texas, about thirty miles from Houston. After graduating from Sam Houston State University, Shamblin moved to Austin, where he worked as a real estate appraiser. In 1987 he moved to Nashville, and three years later had his first hit, “He Walked on Water,” sung by Randy Travis. Shamblin’s many successes include “Thinkin’ Problem” for David Ball, “Life’s a Dance” for John Michael Montgomery, “We Were in Love” for Toby Keith, “Don’t Laugh at Me” for Mark Wills, and “Where the Blacktop Ends” for Keith Urban. Shamblin has done some of his most notable work in collaboration with Mike Reid. They wrote Reid’s #1 “Walk on Faith", Collin Raye’s “In This Life,” and Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” which is in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Shamblin was elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011. This program will be illustrated with vintage photos, film footage, and recordings. Ford Theater. After the program Shamblin will sign commemorative Hatch Show Print posters. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Limited seating. Program pass required. The program will be streamed live at


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