Voices in the Hall
Episode Zero (Available Now)
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum presents Voices in the Hall, insightful conversations with compelling artists, from megawatt stars to highly influential players, who propel the story of American music forward. Host Peter Cooper is the Museum’s senior director, producer, and writer.
Episode 1: Dierks Bentley (Available Now)
Singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley came to Nashville as a Vanderbilt student and soon found himself immersed in the city’s street-level music scene. Today, he plays to sold-out arena crowds, but his heart remains at the Station Inn, the funky Nashville club where he cut his teeth and learned about bluegrass music.
Episode 2: Dave Cobb (Available Now)
Dave Cobb is the most respected and admired producer of country music’s 2010s, or whatever we call the second decade of the still-new century. He has produced much-beloved (and often awarded) works by Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sturgill Simpson, Brent Cobb, and many more.
Episode 3: Rosanne Cash (Available Now)
Rosanne Cash has won four Grammy awards, has scored fifteen Top 20 country hits, has written one of music’s great memoirs in Composed, and has lived an unusual and commendable life. In this episode of Voices in the Hall, she talks about her unique journey, her creative process, and her family history.
Episode 4: Ricky Skaggs (Available Now)
As the first out of the gate in what is often called country music’s “neo-traditionalist movement” in 1981, Ricky Skaggs helped bring bluegrass and honky-tonk songs back into country’s mainstream. His instrumental virtuosity and pure, Kentucky-bred tenor vocals won the ardent approval of masters including Chet Atkins, Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, and his greatest hero, father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. In 2018, he joined those legends as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Episode 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter (Available Now)
Mary Chapin Carpenter is a Grammy-winner, a CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, a terrific guitarist, and the writer of hundreds of songs that she crafts with eloquence and emotion and sings in a voice that is dusky and tone-true. On this episode of Voices in the Hall, she talks about her entry into country music, her days in the Washington, DC-area folk scene, and her life as a creator.
Episode 6: Charlie Worsham (Available Now)
Charlie Worsham is one of the most impressive guitarists in a city that is often called “Guitar Town.” With two albums released on Warner Bros. Records, and a Top 20 hit in “Could It Be,” he is cited by Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, and others as someone who will take country music into the future while honoring its past at every turn. But the music business is not like sports, where if you are the most dominant player in basketball you get to be Michael Jordan or LeBron James and make zillions of dollars, and Charlie’s story involves struggle and heartache, pratfalls and miscues. He talks about life as a professional musician in this episode of Voices in the Hall.
Episode 7: Jessi Colter (Available Now)
The most beguiling of “Outlaws,” Jessi Colter wrote and performed hit songs including “I’m Not Lisa,” and “What’s Happened to Blue Eyes.” She was a part of the multi-million-selling album Wanted! The Outlaws, which won the CMA’s album of the year award in 1976. Her partners on that album included Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, and Colter’s husband, Country Music Hall of Fame member Waylon Jennings. Colter talks here about a remarkable life in music, and about a remarkable life with Waylon.
Episode 8: Ray Stevens (Available Now)
Born Harold Ray Ragsdale, the Grammy-winning songwriter, producer, arranger, and performer known as Ray Stevens is regarded as one of the most talented forces in country music. Though often thought of as a funnyman who writes hilarious and topical songs, he also wrote music recorded by Brook Benton, Dierks Bentley, Sammy Davis, Jr., and many others. On Voices in the Hall, he recounts his rise from Georgia boy to international star.
Episode 9: Sierra Hull (Available Now)
Sierra Hull was a child prodigy who has become a musical master as a young adult. Identified as a genius player at age 11 by Alison Krauss, Hull is the first female winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s mandolin player of the year award, and she has won that prize for the past three years. Her album Weighted Mind was nominated for a Grammy. Here, she talks about the pains and glories of growth, the necessity of commitment, and history’s inspiration.
Episode 10: Larry Gatlin (Available Now)
Episode 11: Emmylou Harris - Part I (Available Now)
Episode 12: Emmylou Harris - Part 2 (Available Now)
Part 2 of our conversation with Emmylou Harris finds her reflecting on her college years as a drama student at the University of North Carolina, her winding path to Nashville, and constructing -- and maintaining -- her many incredible live bands. This special edition of Voices In The Hall was recorded live in the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in support of the exhibit Emmylou Harris: Songbird's Flight.