September 21st at the museum
Grammy winner Rodney Crowell joined Emmylou Harris's Hot Band as a guitarist and soon became one of her primary songwriters, penning songs like "Till I Gain Control Again" and "Ain't Livin' Long Like This." His songwriting career took full flight when "Leavin' Louisiana in the Broad Daylight" hit number one for the Oak Ridge Boys. Among his other significant compositions are "Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper's Dream)" Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and "Somewhere Tonight" (Highway 101). Crowell scored five #1 singles from his 1988 album Diamonds & Dirt including "I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried" and a cover of the 1960 Buck Owens hit "Above and Beyond." Crowell released his memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, in 2011. His latest recording is a collaboration with Emmylou Harris titled Old Yellow Moon. Presented in partnership with the Americana Music Association. Free to Museum members and AMA badge holders. This program will be streamed live. Live stream powered by NewTek TriCaster. See Program Pass guidelines for admission to this program.
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Pedal steel guitar legend Buddy Emmons, whose staggering, soulful technique set standards by which countless steel players measure themselves today, will be honored in this program of interviews and performances. Emmons's pioneering contributions as both a player and inventor have earned him the enduring respect and admiration of his peers. His sterling musicianship graces groundbreaking recordings by Ray Charles, Little Jimmy Dickens, Duane Eddy, Vince Gill, John Hartford, Gram Parsons, Ray Price, Linda Ronstadt, George Strait, Ernest Tubb, Faron Young, and countless others. Emmons is celebrated on a new CD, The Big E: Salute to Buddy Emmons. Hosted by Bill Lloyd, this program will include appearances by Duane Eddy, Dan Dugmore, Country Music Hall of Fame Member Pig Robbins, Big E producer Steve Fishell, and more. Emmons himself will attend but will not perform. Presented in partnership with the Americana Music Association.event details
September at the museum
Lane Kristian has performed with Mark Collie, Mark Robertson, and Dexter Romweber, and with his rockabilly trio, Jakehead. He plays regularly on Nashville's Lower Broadway, and will be demonstrating the history of the electric guitar from the 1930s through the 1950s. Made Possible by Gibson Guitar Corporation. See Program Pass guidelines for admission to this program.event details
Victoria Shaw wrote "A Good Man" (Emerson Drive); "I Love the Way You Love Me" (John Michael Montgomery); "I Was Here" (Lady Antebellum); "Myself Without You" (Reba McEntire); "Outside My Window" (Sarah Buxton); "She's Every Woman" (Garth Brooks); "The River" (Garth Brooks); and "Two Pink Lines" (Eric Church). See Program Pass guidelines for admission to this program.event details
Randy Kohrs is a renowned multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer who has performed or recorded with Dierks Bentley, Dailey & Vincent, Sara Evans, Jim Lauderdale, Little Big Town, Dolly Parton, Jerry Reed, Randy Travis, Hank Williams III, and others. Kohrs won a Grammy for producing Jim Lauderdale's Bluegrass Diaries. Made Possible by Gibson Guitar Corporation. See Program Pass guidelines for admission to this program.event details
Where is Appalachia? What instruments do they play there? How do you play a saw?! Participants will learn about Appalachian life, history, and the music of the mountains, and try their hand at playing spoons, washboards, cowbells, and other instruments. East Tennessee-based musician and educator Anna Uptain will lead this interactive program. Ages 5 - 12. Free.event details
Chip Taylor has penned major pop hits such as "Angel of the Morning" (Merrilee Rush, Juice Newton); "I Can't Let Go" (The Hollies, Linda Ronstadt); "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" (Janis Joplin); and "Wild Thing" (the Troggs). His country credits include "He Sits at Your Table" (Willie Nelson); "Son of a Rotten Gambler"(Anne Murray); and "Sweet Dream Woman" (Waylon Jennings). For the past fifteen years, Taylor has toured and released a dozen albums as a solo artist, as well as duet records with Carrie Rodriguez. See Program Pass guidelines for admission to this program.event details
East Tennessee-based Anna Uptain is a music educator and multi-instrumentalist who has spent over seventeen years teaching kids and adults about Appalachian music. She has also written two books: Quick Pick Mandolin for the Adult Beginner and Quick Pick Old-Time Banjo for the Adult Beginner. Made Possible by Gibson Guitar Corporation. See Program Pass guidelines for admission to this program.event details
Dr. John personifies the musical heritage of New Orleans. His era-bridging career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on great Crescent City recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex, and Frankie Ford. A notorious gun incident forced Dr. John to give up the guitar and concentrate on organ and piano. He moved west in the 1960s and continued to be in demand as a session musician. With Gris-Gris, his 1968 debut solo album, he launched a career that adapted Louisiana tradition to modern rock & roll. He went on to earn legendary status and win six Grammys. Nick Spitzer, producer and host of public radio's American Routes, will conduct this one-on-one interview. Presented in partnership with the Americana Music Association. Free to Museum members and AMA badge holders. This program will be streamed live. Live stream powered by NewTek TriCaster. See Program Pass guidelines for admission to this program.event details
Megan B. Lynch Chowning is a six-time national fiddle champion, and has performed with Dale Ann Bradley, Larry Cordle, Jim Hurst, Chris Jones, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, and Roland White. She has taught fiddle around the country and is the director of FiddleStar Youth and Adult Fiddle Camps. She will be joined on guitar and fiddle by national junior fiddle champion and recent Belmont University graduate, Doug Fleener. Made Possible by Gibson Guitar Corporation. See Program Pass guidelines for admission to this program.event details
Mark Nesler wrote "Just to See You Smile" (Tim McGraw); "Let Me Down Easy" (Billy Currington); "Living and Living Well" (George Strait); "Time Is Love" (Josh Turner); "Used to the Pain" (Tracy Lawrence); and songs recorded by Easton Corbin, Scotty McCreery, Darius Rucker, and Keith Urban. See Program Pass guidelines for admission to this program.event details
Canadian musician and singer Eli Barsi performs western roots, bluegrass, gospel, and folk music. She has appeared with the Sons of the Pioneers, toured across the U. S. and Canada, and won awards from the American Academy of Western Artists and the Western Music Association. She will demonstrate yodeling techniques and discuss western heritage. See Program Pass guidelines for admission to this program.event details
Ricky Skaggs, Earl Scruggs, and Doc Watson performed together for the first time in this sold-out concert filmed for the PBS series Great Performances. The concert is punctuated by interview segments in which each of the pickers describes the admiration he has for the others' playing. Special guest Alison Krauss joins in on fiddle and vocals. 55 minutes. Free.event details