May 5, 2012
Seven accomplished guitarists, all deeply influenced by the late Jerry Reed, took turns paying tribute to the Georgia-born picker in a program held Saturday, May 5, in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Ford Theater. Reed, who died in 2008, would have been seventy-five on March 20 this year. John Knowles-like Reed a Chet Atkins-designated cgp (certified guitar player)-opened the concert, which was hosted by guitarist and Reed devotee Richard Smith. A jacket and guitar that belonged to Reed were placed stage left, in Reed's honor. "Some of the best times in my life were spent learning a new Jerry Reed tune," Knowles told the capacity audience.
My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers: A Conversation with Merle Haggard, Norm Hamlet, Don Markham, and Fuzzy Owen
April 12, 2012
Merle Haggard, at age twelve, attended a Maddox Brothers & Rose concert with his older brother Lowell. During the show, Haggard fixated on Roy Nichols, a young guitarist who coaxed a distinct, piercing sound from his Fender Telecaster guitar, the likes of which Haggard previously had never heard.
April 10, 2012
Keith Urban kicked off his annual Nashville benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum by saying, "Third time's a charm, right?" More than three hours later, after a stunning parade of performers-ranging from Hall of Fame members to contemporary stars to hot newcomers-a rowdy sold-out crowd enthusiastically agreed.
Bakersfield Opening Programs: Together Again: Pioneers of the Bakersfield Sound and Under Your Spell Again: The Sounds of Bakersfield
March 24, 2012
Several musicians with ties to California discussed the origins of the historic music scene in Bakersfield, California, during the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's gala opening weekend for its new exhibit, The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country.
March 17, 2012
Friends and colleagues of the late Chet Atkins remembered the guitarist with fondness and admiration during a panel in the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's Ford Theater on Saturday, March 17, 2012.
March 10, 2012
Renowned keyboardist John Hobbs-who has recorded hits in pop, R&B, and rock as well as in country music-confessed that he tended not to notice borders between musical genres.
Poets and Prophets
February 25, 2012
Pressure apparently inspires songwriter Sonny Curtis. The seventy-four-year-old native of Meadow, Texas, created two of his best-loved songs-the rocking "I Fought the Law" and the melodic "Love Is All Around" (the classic theme song for the hit television series The Mary Tyler Moore Show)-in a flash because of looming deadlines.
The Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum celebrated Ford Community Day for the fifth consecutive year on Saturday, February 4. The record crowd of more than 5000 visitors enjoyed free museum admission, courtesy of Ford Motor Company Fund, as well as a performance and autograph signing from Hunter Hayes, an autograph signing with the Oak Ridge Boys, a Hatch Show Print demonstration and a Musical Petting Zoo.event details
January 21, 2012
To celebrate publication of the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Country Music, music executive Scott Borchetta sat down on January 21, 2012, for an interview with museum staffer Michael McCall. Borchetta is one of ninety-two new entries in the encyclopedia, compiled by the staff of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and published by Oxford University Press. McCall served as an editor of the book, along with Paul Kingsbury and John W. Rumble.
December 12, 2011
A few years back, Sarah Trahern turned on morning news coverage of the Iowa presidential caucuses one wintry day. Watching it, she flashed back to a previous job as a producer for the cable TV channel C-SPAN, and for a moment she missed being in the middle of a bustling political campaign instead of watching press coverage from afar.