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While the Museum's doors are closed temporarily, our mission endures. Our archives are filled with pieces that embody and inform that mission, and we hope you'll explore and engage here as we prepare to do so in person again.

Each week, we're sharing stories and songs pulled from the Museum archives that illustrate a theme meant to show music's power.

 

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Harlan Howard famously described country music as "three chords and the truth." Over the genre's history, many singers, songwriters, and performers took the "truth" part to heart, but few as profoundly as Country Music Hall of Fame member Merle Haggard, pictured here.

Known as the “Poet of the Common Man,” Haggard set his truth to melody, singing about a life that took him from a boxcar in Oildale, California, to San Quentin Prison, and finally to a place as one of American music’s most prolific and important songwriters. Below, we're sharing footage of Haggard, along with other videos from our archives that exemplify truth—lyrical honesty, musical purity, and unvarnished expression.

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PODCAST

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum presents Voices in the Hall, insightful conversations with artists who propel the story of American music forward.

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UPCOMING AND RECENT LIVESTREAMS

Tune in and experience these programs live.

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POETS AND PROPHETS

presented by SunTrust

Over the past decade, this in-depth interview series has hosted songwriters who have made significant contributions to country music.

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SONGWRITER SESSIONS

presented by SunTrust

Songwriters share the stories behind their work in an intimate performance setting, with audience Q&A.

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MUSICIAN SPOTLIGHT

Accomplished professional recording and touring musicians perform and discuss their music.

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NASHVILLE CATS

Nashville Cats showcases the stories and songs from musicians and session singers who have played important roles in country music history.

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LOUISE SCRUGGS MEMORIAL FORUM

Watch interviews with music industry leaders who represent the legacy of pioneer Louise Scruggs.

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AMERICANA

Produced in partnership with the Americana Music Association, these programs showcase voices of American roots music, with performances and conversations.

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SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Exhibit-related programs, tributes, rare interview opportunities, and more.

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50th ANNIVERSARY

​As we celebrate 50 years of honoring country music, we invite friends of the Museum to take a moment to pause and reflect on the journey.

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