DECEMBER 19, 2021
FORD COMMUNITY DAY
Each year, Ford Community Day provides an opportunity for locals and Nashville visitors to explore the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's wide array of cultural and educational offerings, free of charge, made possible by the Ford Motor Company Fund.
In addition to touring the exhibit galleries, visitors can enjoy a variety of programs and events, including a performance featuring Callista Clark, Abbey Cone and Tiera, a Songwriter Session with Georgia Middleman and a Musician Spotlight with Sister Sadie. Tours of Hatch Show Print and Historic RCA Studio B will also be free, available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Visitors will also have access to special Ford Community Day discounts. Guests who show their Ford car key will receive 10% off purchases in Circa The Museum Store and Hatch Show Print, and on food and beverage purchases at Red Onion and Bajo Sexto (excludes alcohol and gift certificates). Visitors who wish to purchase a museum membership on Ford Community Day will receive $5 off Individual and $10 Family memberships. The discount will be honored only on Dec. 19, 2021, at both the membership desk and online (use discount code Ford2021).
Songwriter Session: Georgia Middleman
Sunday, December 19 | 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Georgia Middleman wrote “Don’t Ruin It for the Rest of Us” (Mark Chesnutt), “Do What You Do” (Martina McBride), “I’m In” (Keith Urban), “When the Right One Comes Along” (Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio), “While He Still Knows Who I Am” (Kenny Chesney), and songs recorded by Terri Clark, Faith Hill, and Tracy Lawrence. Presented in support of Ford Community Day. Ford Theater. Included with museum admission. Program ticket required. Free.
Performance: Callista Clark, Abbey Cone, and Tiera
Sunday, December 19 | 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Recording artist and songwriter Callista Clark released her debut EP, Real to Me, earlier this year. She co-wrote all five tracks, including the lead single “It’s ’Cause I Am,” which reached #30 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Singer-songwriter Abbey Cone is a member of CMT’s 2020 Next Women of Country class, recently released her first single, “Rhinestone Ring,” and will open for Brittney Spencer in 2022. Singer-songwriter Tiera recently released her single “Gentleman,” currently hosts The Tiera Show on Apple Music, and is also a member of CMT’s 2020 Next Women of Country class. Presented in support of Ford Community Day. CMA Theater. Included with museum admission. Program ticket required. Free.
Performance: Sister Sadie
Sunday, December 19 | 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Grammy-nominated bluegrass group Sister Sadie formed in 2012 for an impromptu show at Nashville’s famous Station Inn. They became the first all-women group to win the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Vocal Group of the Year award in 2019 (and then won the honor in 2020 and 2021 as well) and were named IBMA Entertainer of the Year in 2020. The group’s current lineup includes Gena Britt (banjo and vocals), Hasee Ciaccio (acoustic bass), Deanie Richardson (fiddle), and Jaelee Roberts (guitar and vocals). Artifacts from a previous iteration of the group including founding members Tina Adair and Dale Ann Bradley, is featured in the museum’s exhibition American Currents: State of the Music, which highlights the music of 2020. Presented in support of Ford Community Day. Ford Theater. Included with museum admission. Program ticket required. Free.
Family Program: Learn to Line Dance: Country Crossover
Sunday, December 19 | 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | 10:45 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Come get your move on in this fun and easy dance lesson. This workshop explores songs by artists who have expanded the boundaries of country music through the decades. Learn a line dance to a rock & roll-influenced song by Country Music Hall of Fame member Brenda Lee, then learn the line dance to Blanco Brown’s 2019 hip-hop-meets-country song “The Git Up.” No dance experience necessary. Recommended for ages 5 and up, but all are welcome. Taylor Swift Education Center.
Creative Zone: Hip Hats
Sunday, December 19 | 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Many of country music’s outlaw artists counted a cowboy hat as a part of their look. Using hats on view throughout the museum as inspiration—including those in the exhibit Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s —aspiring designers will make and decorate their own paper hats. All ages. Presented in support of Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s. Taylor Swift Education Center. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Taylor Swift Education Center. Limited seating. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Youth from Davidson County and counties that surround Davidson may enter the museum free as part of the Museum’s Community Counts initiative. Up to two accompanying adults receive 25 percent off admission. Proof of residency required. For more information, please visit Community Counts or inquire at the Box Office.
Family Program: Musical Instrument Petting Zoo
Sunday, December 19 | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Bow a fiddle, pluck a banjo, and strum a ukulele! The Musical Instrument Petting Zoo offers budding musicians a chance to try new and familiar instruments. The program begins with a presentation by a professional musician, then instructors will offer guidance as you try your hand at all the instruments at the “zoo.” All ages. Taylor Swift Education Center.
Family Program: Ukulele Workshop and Blues Jam with Harmonica Player Carlos DeFord Bailey
Sunday, December 19
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to play a ukulele? Now is your chance! In this fun, hands-on workshop, participants will learn and practice a few ukulele basics, then accompany special guest harmonica player Carlos DeFord Bailey, a musician who performs in the tradition of his grandfather, Country Music Hall of Fame member DeFord Bailey. Also known as the “Harmonica Wizard,” DeFord was an influential harmonica player in both country music and blues, one of the Grand Ole Opry’s most popular early performers, and country’s first Black star. Ukuleles provided or bring your own. Recommended for ages 7 and up, but all are welcome. Taylor Swift Education Center.
To learn more about DeFord Bailey, and even take a harmonica lesson yourself, visit our Discover DeFord Bailey webpage.
Family Program: City Lights Skyline Painting
Sunday, December 19 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Using watercolors and crayons, participants will create a personal artistic interpretation of a city skyline, inspired by the song “City Lights,” a hit for Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson. Learn about crayon resist techniques found in art to create your own masterpiece. Presented in support of the exhibition Bill Anderson: As Far as I Can See. Recommended for ages 5 and up, but all are welcome. Taylor Swift Education Center. Limited seating.