On Tuesday, January 28th, the Musicians Hall of Fame Awards inducted 12 new members at its new location inside the Municipal Auditorium in downtown Nashville. I have to be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, because the Municipal Auditorium has certainly seen better days and well past its prime. Now, this is coming from someone who has lived just about their whole life in Nashville. I knew the Municipal Auditorium when it was newly-built and was THE place to go to see live music concerts in Nashville. That was all before they built the Bridgestone Arena. Guess I’m really showing my age here! Seriously, they really have made a beautiful, modern home for the Musicians Hall of Fame inside there. The whole museum is really something that you want to make sure to see. I was impressed!
Now, to the actual show that was hosted by ABC’s ‘Nashville’ star Charles (Chip) Esten and presentation of the inductees…we had quite a list of legends there that night to be inducted; everyone from country legend Barbara Mandrell, who became the very first woman inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame, to British rock legend/guitarist Peter Frampton. Classic rocker Randy Bachman literally brought the house down during his short set after his induction that included “Taking Care of Business” and “American Woman”. He had nearly everyone in the audience on their feet dancing. Also, inducted was blues man Buddy Guy, Jimmy Capps, Velma Smith, Will Lee, and Corki Casey O’Dell. Posthumous inductions went to Stevie Ray Vaughan with his band Double Trouble, Ben Keith, andRoy Orbison was honored with the 1st Iconic Riff Award posthumously for “Pretty Woman”. Finally, presented with the 1st ever Industry Icon Award was Mike Curb, owner of Curb Records.
There were some great performances throughout the night in-between the inductions featuring Randy Bachman, Chris Isaak, ZZ Top, , Neil Young, and more. I promise to give you a peek at some of those with a video I’m putting together to share in the next few days, so be on the lookout for that!
It was a wonderful night of music featuring some legendary musicians. Couldn’t ask for a better way to spend a cold winter night in Nashville! They don’t call us Music City for nothing!!
Photo credit: All photos taken by Patrice Majors.