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2015 Leadership Music Dale Franklin Awards

Photo credit: Moments by Moser

Photo credit: Moments by Moser

Presented by Big Machine Label Group

Founding Council Award: Jo Walker-Meador
Brian William Ambassador Award: Steve Buchanan
Dale Franklin Award: Reba McEntire

Glitz, glam and a country music fam. The Leadership Music Dale Franklin Awards red carpet brought to light the closeness of the country music community. It is an annual event to recognize a music industry leader who exemplifies the highest quality of leadership and leading by example. This year’s recipient is country music’s fiery hot pistol – Reba McEntire.

Jo Walker-Meador, longtime executive director of the Country Music Association was awarded the Founding Council Award and President of the Opry, Steve Buchanan, was awarded the Brian William Ambassador Award.

More photos from the #LeadershipMusic #DaleFranklin Red Carpet tonight! A photo posted by FOCUS on the 615 (@focus_on_the_615) on

Reba: “To everybody in the industry, I’ve been in the business now 40 years this month. I have so many people to thank who have paved the way for me. What do you do in the business? You do say you entertain, that’s your number 1 job. It’s also very important to leave something as you go. I’ve always thought it was really good idea to teach by example.

See the video below for Red Carpet interviews and musical highlights from the night:

Fellow country musicians and industry leaders shared their favorite memories of Reba. From shots and conga lines through a restaurant in Cancun to squirting Bean-O on her dinner because “I love eggplant but eggplant doesn’t love me,” Reba is always the life of the party.

“There are so many people I’d love to thank, but I’m about dying to use the bathroom right now so bad,” Reba said.

The common thread in every message to Reba was how much her friends and coworkers have learned from her over the years No doubt about it – everyone in the CMA Theater that night loves “Red.”

“Yes I do like my brown liquor. I do like that very much, and I have a great time. I love life, and I’m gonna continue loving life,” Reba said.

Check out the video below for full performances to honor Reba by Hillary Scott, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, and Ronnie Dunn. Includes the full speech from Reba.

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NIGHT OF MUSIC, TRIBUTES AND CELEBRATION AT LEADERSHIP MUSIC’S DALE FRANKLIN AWARDS

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Photo credit: Moments by Moser

It was a night of surprises, tributes and celebration as Leadership Music staged its 10th Dale Franklin Awards presented by BMLG last night (Nov. 16th) by honoring industry giants Jo Walker-Meador, Steve Buchanan and Reba McEntire. Attended by more than 400 Music Row well-wishers, the event was held for the first time in the Country Music Hall of Fame’s CMA Theater. The Dale Franklin Awards are named for Leadership Music’s founding executive director, the late Dale Franklin. Hosted by Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, the presentation of the awards was punctuated with video tributes and musical performances from a variety of artists including Alabama, Mac Davis, Trisha Yearwood, the cast of the ABC-TV show, Nashville, Ronnie Dunn, Martina McBride, and Don Schlitz. “This is like a family reunion for me,” Scott proclaimed, referring to the artists and executives in attendance.
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JIM ED BROWN AND THE BROWNS, GRADY MARTIN, AND THE OAK RIDGE BOYS INDUCTED INTO THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

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Pictured are (back row, l-r): 2015 inductees William Lee Golden, Joe Bonsall, Richard Sterban, and Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys; Ray Walker of the Jordanaires; Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Chairman Steve Turner; Vince Gill; E.W. “Bud” Wendell; Bobby Bare; Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Kyle Young; Garth Brooks; Randy Owen of Alabama; Kenny Rogers; Charlie McCoy; and CMA CEO Sarah Trahern; (front row, l-r): Ralph Emery; Harold Bradley; Connie Smith; Emmylou Harris; 2015 inductee Bonnie Brown; Joshua Martin, son of 2015 inductee Grady Martin; Brenda Lee; 2015 inductee Maxine Brown; Jo Walker-Meador; Roy Clark; and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Board Trustee Jody Williams.
Photo by Donn Jones

Two groundbreaking vocal groups with drastically different styles joined a fabled studio session musician as the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame during a star-studded, emotional Medallion Ceremony on October 25, 2015. Considered country music’s most prestigious event, the ceremony is the official induction of new Hall of Fame members.

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INSIDE THE OUTSIDER: Newest Exhibit At The Country Music Hall Of Fame Opening Sep. 18th

Eric Church speaking at the VIP reception for the grand opening of the INSIDE THE OUTSIDER exhibit at Country Music Hall of Fame.

Eric Church speaking at the VIP reception for the grand opening of the INSIDE THE OUTSIDER exhibit at Country Music Hall of Fame.


During a VIP reception held at the beautiful Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville this evening, we got to take in a special preview of the brand new exhibit featuring Eric Church called INSIDE THE OUTSIDER.   Continue Reading →

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INTERVIEW WITH THE INDIGO GIRLS AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM

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On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, journalist Jewly Hight will interview the Indigo Girls in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater about their creative inspiration, musical influences, and recording their latest album, One Lost Day, in Nashville.

 

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COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME ® AND MUSEUM UNVEILS REFRESHED 2|22 EATERY

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The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum announced today the return of full-service dining to 2|22 Eatery. Using local farmers and growers to provide the best possible quality in meats and produce, the refreshed restaurant offers a metropolitan twist on Southern favorites, as well as an updated look and name.

 

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ERIC CHURCH EXHIBIT OPENING AT COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM SEPT 18

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Musical road warrior Eric Church, last year’s top selling country music artist, will be honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum when he becomes the subject of their next cameo exhibition opening Sept. 18. “Eric Church: Inside the Outsider” runs through February 2016 and will spotlight the North Carolina native’s hard-hitting path from a kid with a dream to becoming a multi-Platinum-selling country rocker filling arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums. The display will include guitars, song manuscripts, stage wear, photos and more personally chosen from Church’s collection.

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ROSANNE CASH SELECTED AS 2015 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE AT COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM

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Rosanne Cash will be the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s 2015 artist-in-residence. A Grammy-winning singer and songwriter, Cash has recorded 15 albums and is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Grammys for her latest album The River and the Thread. As artist-in-residence, she will present intimate performances on September 2, 3, and 24, at 7:00 p.m.—each with a different theme and lineup of guest artists.

 

The first evening, September 2, will feature a full-band performance of her Grammy-winning album The River and the Thread for the first time in Nashville. The concert will also include favorites from a career spanning almost four decades. The second evening, September 3, will feature special guests Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams, marking the first time all three women have shared the stage for an entire evening. Both performances will take place in the museum’s 800-seat CMA Theater. The third installment of the residency, on September 24, will be held in the museum’s more intimate Ford Theater and will feature Cash with her husband, producer, guitarist, co-writer, and creative partner, John Leventhal. Each of the three nights will offer a unique musical experience with one of America’s preeminent and enduring stars.

 

“Our annual artist residency is in its thirteenth year,” said museum CEO Kyle Young, “and every year audiences have been entertained and inspired by the creativity and generosity of our featured artists. Rosanne Cash, this year’s artist-in-residence, comes to us at the top of her game. On her latest release, The River and the Thread, Rosanne explores her deep roots in the South and delivers some of her best work in an already illustrious career. We are thrilled to welcome her for what are sure to be three unforgettable performances. It is a bonus that she takes the stage for her residency while her father is featured in a special museum exhibit, Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats.”

 

Ticket prices range from $45-$65 for the September 2 and 3 shows and $85 for September 24 (plus ticketing fee). Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 17, and can be purchased at ticketfly.com. Ticket sales are limited to six tickets per transaction for September 2 and 3 and four tickets per transaction for September 24. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and are non-refundable. Will call tickets will be available at 5 p.m. day-of-show at the museum’s ticketing office in its Fifth Avenue lobby.

 

Museum members are eligible for pre-sale beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 9. To purchase a museum membership, visit countrymusichalloffame.org. (A one-year museum membership begins at $45) 

 

Parking information is available at parkitdowntown.com. Cash-only concessions will be available before the show and during intermission.

 

Established in 2003, the museum’s annual residency program honors a musical master who can be credited with contributing a large and significant body of work to the canon of American popular music. The artist-in-residence is invited to use the museum’s performance venues to create unique musical experiences. Cash joins a prestigious group of past honorees that includes Cowboy Jack Clement, Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Connie Smith, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, and Alan Jackson.

 

To learn more about the museum’s Artist in Residence program, visit countrymusichalloffame.org. Follow @countrymusichof on Twitter and join the conversation using #honorthymusic.

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COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM PREPARES FOR MUSIC FEST WEEK ACTIVITIES PRESENTED BY XFINITY INCLUDING AUTOGRAPH SIGNINGS AND PERFORMANCES

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The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum welcomes thousands of country music fans to the CMA Music Festival, June 11-14. The museum will offer a packed week of activities, presented by Xfinity, beginning Wednesday, June 10. In addition to autograph signings, performances, special programs, and the new exhibition Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary, the museum will offer a last chance to see the exhibitions Kenny Rogers: Through the Years, closing June 15, and Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ it Country, closing June 21. The museum will also offer a bundled ticket option with Fan Fair X. More information about events and special promotions can be found at countrymusichalloffame.org/MusicFestAttheHall.

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CMA ANNOUNCES JIM ED BROWN AND THE BROWNS, GRADY MARTIN, AND THE OAK RIDGE BOYS AS NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

imageThe Country Music Association announced today that Jim Ed Brown and The BrownsGrady Martin, and The Oak Ridge Boys will become the newest members of the revered Country Music Hall of Fame.

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