November 10, 2012
The hard work and constant traveling required to build and maintain a career as a popular musician, and the repercussions that has on the families and children of performers, was the theme of Love's Gonna Live Here: Memories of Buck and Bonnie Owens, a program sponsored by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Watch the complete program video.
October, 21, 2012
GARTH BROOKS, HARGUS "PIG" ROBBINS, AND CONNIE SMITH INDUCTED INTO THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
Poets and Prophets
October 6, 2012
Allen Reynolds has achieved success on many levels of the music business: he has written songs that are now considered country classics; he has produced several of Nashville's most successful artists and biggest-selling albums; he has managed a storied independent record label; and he has co-owned a well-regarded recording studio and a music publishing company that racked up major hits and industry awards. He's even sung harmony and played guitar behind several top stars. Watch the complete program video.
September 28, 2012
High soprano Millie Kirkham has contributed angelic vocals to a number of hit recordings by country, pop, and rock & roll artists. Among them are Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como, Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, and Charley Pride. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's quarterly program series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians served as an opportunity to honor Nashville's "on-call soprano." Watch the complete program video.
September 15, 2012
Richard Thompson wrote songs recorded by David Byrne, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Patty Loveless, Del McCoury, Robert Plant, Bonnie Raitt, and many others. He was a founding member of the British folk-rock band Fairport Convention, and has recorded more than forty critically acclaimed albums. He was named one of Rolling Stone's Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, and his 2010 live CD was nominated for a Grammy. Watch the complete program video.
Septermber 13, 2012
Legendary keyboardist Booker T. Jones discussed his career and influences during a public program at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on September 13, 2012. In a conversation with Memphis-based author Robert Gordon, Jones talked at length about his work at Memphis's Stax Records, and creating the 1960s instrumental hits "Green Onions" and "Time Is Tight" with his group Booker T. & The MG's. He also discussed producing Willie Nelson's 1978 classic album, Stardust, and his more recent collaboration with Americana band the Drive-By Truckers. The museum held the program in collaboration with the Americana Music Association during the trade organization's annual music festival and conference. Jones, who lives in Los Angeles, received a lifetime achievement award during the Americana Honors & Awards Show at the Ryman Auditorium on the previous night. Watch the complete video here.
September 6, 2012
Four-time Grammy winner and 2012 CMA nominee Keith Urban stressed the values of hard work and perseverance when speaking to more than 200 students from four Metro Nashville high schools in a forum organized by the education department of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Watch the complete video here.
August 25, 2012
Friends, family, and colleagues of Country Music Hall of Fame member Patsy Cline recall the late singer as a strong, tough-minded woman who also was a lady, and a singer with a voice that placed her above the competition. They shared their reminiscences during a panel discussion, I've Got Your Memory: Family and Friends Remember Patsy Cline, held Saturday morning, August 25, 2012, in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Ford Theater. The program marked the Friday opening of the museum exhibit Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You.
August 25, 2012
The classic songs of Patsy Cline were performed by a cast of singers who revere her. Performers included singer-songwriter Jessi Alexander, Mandy Barnett, star of the musical Always...Patsy Cline, duo Striking Matches and singer Emily West. The house band was led by Country Music Hall of Fame member Harold Bradley on tic-tac bass, and will also included Brad Albin on bass, Jimmy Capps on guitar, Bob Mater on drums and Jeff Taylor on keyboard.
August 18, 2012
Producer, songwriter, guitarist, and studio owner Chips Moman played a pivotal role in creating a great number of pop, soul, and country classics. After helping establish Memphis's Stax Records in the late 1950s, he opened the city's American Sound Studio and began producing hits for the Gentrys, B.J. Thomas, Neil Diamond, and others. In 1969 Moman produced Elvis Presley's comeback hits-including "Suspicious Minds," "In the Ghetto," and "Kentucky Rain"-and went on to supervise landmark recording sessions by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and the Highwaymen. Moman co-wrote the R&B standards "Dark End of the Street" and "Do Right Woman" and the #1 country songs "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)," "The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don't Want to Get over You)," and "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song." In this rare public interview, Georgia-based Moman shared some of his best stories. The program was offered as part of the museum's series of activities marking the thirty-fifth anniversary of Presley's death.