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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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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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Our Special Preview Of The Tanya Tucker “Strong Enough To Bend” Exhibit At The Country Music Hall Of Fame

imageWe recently had the opportunity to attend the Tanya Tucker “Strong Enough To Bend” Exhibition Preview at the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum where Tanya gave a special glimpse of her professional and personal life.  She was able to share the opening of her exhibit with both of her daughters and friends from around the world. Continue Reading →

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Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough To Bend Opens November 14 At Country Music Hall Of Fame® And Museum

Tanya TuckerThe Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore the career of superstar Tanya Tucker with the exhibition Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend, opening November 14, 2014, and running through May 2015.   Continue Reading →

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Show Review | CMA Songwriters Series With Sara Evans, Brett James, Gavin DeGraw, And More

imageFor 10 years now, the CMA Songwriters Series has been bringing the magic of a Bluebird Cafe writers round to venues around the country. The night before the CMA Awards, the series comes to Nashville. Last night, at the beautiful CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum the line up for this 10th anniversary edition was spectacular, and then in true Music City fashion, a surprise guest took it up another notch. Continue Reading →

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[Video] “The Best Of Me” Red Carpet Premiere And Concert

The Best Of MeWe recently had the opportunity to cover the Red Carpet premiere of Nicholas Sparks’ new movie “The Best Of Me” right here in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Continue Reading →

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44th Annual IEBA Conference Concludes With Awards

IEBA (International Entertainment Buyers Association), the leading trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals, concluded its 44th annual conference yesterday evening with a star-studded awards ceremony honoring those behind the scenes (full list of winners below). The ceremony also included a performance by The Doobie Brothers and the IEBA Hall of Fame induction of the iconic American bandand their longtime manager Bruce Cohn, veteran manager and agent Jim Halsey, and iconic event producers Bob and Peggy Kaltenbach of Klein’s EntertainmentContinue Reading →

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Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum Announces Alan Jackson Exhibit And Artist Residency

In a press conference last week at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, plans were disclosed for a celebration of country music superstar Alan Jackson’s 25th year in the music industry.   Museum Director Kyle Young revealed arrangements for an upcoming exhibit highlighting Jackson’s career and named him the museum’s 2014 Artist-in-Residence. This marks the first time a museum residency has coincided with a major exhibit on an artist’s career. In addition, UMG Nashville CEO Mike Dungan promised new music from Jackson, and Creative Artist Agency’s John Huie announced an upcoming 25-city tour.

Alan Jackson Announces Year-Long Celebration Of 25th Anniversary In The Music Business

Pictured are (l-r): Gerry House, Universal Music Nashville’s Mike Dungan, CAA’s John Huie, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Kyle Young. Photo by Rick Diamond.

The exhibit, an expertly curated deep-dive into Jackson’s career, opens August 29, 2014. It will interweave the professional and the personal, including awards, instruments, costumes and mementos—many that fans will recognize from his concerts and music videos. A water ski from the “Chattahoochee” music video, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle from the cover of the seminal album A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ‘bout Love) and never-before-seen treasures from Jackson’s private “man cave” will be on display.

On October 8 and 22, Jackson will take the stage of the museum’s CMA Theater to present a pair of unique, intimate performances. Previous artists-in-residence include Guy Clark, Vince Gill, Tom T. Hall, Kris Kristofferson and others. Details about Jackson’s residency shows will be revealed soon.

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Show Review: ALL 4 THE HALL

All 4 The Hall 2014This year’s ALL 4 THE HALL marked the 5th consecutive year of this very special event to raise money for the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Taking place at the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville, the event was co-hosted by Keith Urban and Vince Gill. Continue Reading →

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The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will debut a spotlight exhibit devoted to iconic crossover star Crystal Gayle on May 2, 2014Crystal Gayle: When I Dream will feature fashion, awards, letters, family photos and more from her groundbreaking career. The exhibition will run through November 3, 2014.

On Saturday, May 3, Gayle will participate in a special program,Concert and Conversation: Crystal Gayle. The 2:30 p.m.presentation, held in the museum’s Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members. Hosted by Curatorial Director Mick Buck, the interview and performance will allow Gayle to discuss her life and career and perform songs from her extensive repertoire. Seating for the program is limited, and program passes are required for admittance.  The program will be streamed live on the museum’s website. For complete admission and streaming information, visithttp://countrymusichalloffame.org/calendar/.

Crystal Gayle: When I Dream recounts Gayle’s unique rise to stardom. She began as a young dreamer emboldened, but nearly pigeon-holed, by the pioneering success of her older sister Loretta Lynn. Determined to make her own mark, Gayle grew into a superb vocalist whose signature glamour and pop-infused hits charmed the entire country.

The youngest of eight children, Gayle was born Brenda Gail Webb on January 9, 1951, in Paintsville, Kentucky. Not long thereafter, as the coal mines closed, her family left Appalachia to find work and moved to Wabash, Indiana, northeast of Indianapolis. As a child watching her older sister’s success, Gayle harbored her own musical aspirations. While still in high school, Gayle performed regionally and sampled life on the road with Lynn, joining her onstage for a couple of songs. Before graduating, Gayle signed her first contract with Decca Records, Lynn’s recording home, and was asked to change her name because one of her musical heroes, Brenda Lee, was a mainstay on the label. Her adopted stage name, “Crystal,” was suggested by Lynn as the two drove by a Krystal hamburger franchise.

In 1974, Gayle, now signed to United Artists Records, began to work with producer Allen Reynolds, a great song man whose musical instincts and mentoring perfectly complemented Gayle’s developing vision and smooth alto. Later that year she scored her first Top Ten hit with “Wrong Road Again.” Her first #1, “I’ll Get Over You,” followed two years later, along with another chart-topper, “You Never Miss A Real Good Thing (Till He Says Goodbye).” In 1977, she became a household name when “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” perched atop the country charts for four weeks and climbed the pop charts in America and around the world.

Gayle enjoyed fifteen additional Billboard #1 hits between 1978 and 1987, including “Talking in Your Sleep” and “It’s Like We Never Said Goodbye.” In 1978, her album We Must Believe in Magic was certified platinum, making her country music’s first female artist to sell one million units. She also had success singing duets, including chart-topping hits with Eddie Rabbitt (“You and I”) and Gary Morris (“Makin’ Up for Lost Time”). Gayle won back-to-back female vocalist honors from the Academy of Country Music in 1976 and 1977 and from the Country Music Association in 1977 and 1978. Later, she moved to different record labels, scoring hits at Columbia, Elektra and Warner Bros.

For the last twenty years, Gayle has gained acclaim for compelling specialty recordings, including albums of gospel and children’s music, a tribute to Hoagy Carmichael, a collection of pop standards, and concert recordings—all featuring her effortlessly smooth vocals.

Among the artifacts on display in Crystal Gayle: When I Dreamare:

  • Hand-stitched valentine Gayle made in the third grade for her mother, Clara
  • Gayle’s custom white microphone, with her name engraved in gold
  • Red parlor guitar, custom built for Gayle by luthier Danny Ferrington in 1980
  • Photos of teenaged Gayle and her sisters Loretta Lynn and Peggy Sue that hung on their mother’s living room wall
  • LP cover for the soundtrack album to the 1982 film One from the Heart, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, featuring Gayle and Tom Waits. The album featured Gayle performing solo or as a duet partner with Waits, who wrote the songs.
  • Flight suit and boots worn by Gayle on her F-16 flight in 1984
  • 1977 Grammy for Best Female Country Performance, for “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”
  • 1976 ACM Female Vocalist of the Year trophy
  • Marble and crystal Indiana Living Legend award, presented to Gayle in 2005
  • Mattel’s Crystal “Eagle” Gayle Air Force Barbie doll, which commemorated both her 1984 flight aboard an F-16 fighter and the fiftieth anniversary of the U.S. Air Force

Spotlight exhibits supplement themes or aspects of the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. These short-term, informal displays either provide a closer look at a particular person, group or aspect of country music, or spotlight recently donated items or special anniversaries. Rotated often, spotlight exhibits also offer a glimpse into the museum’s unique collection, which includes recorded discs; historical photographs; films and videotapes; thousands of posters, books, songbooks, periodicals and sheet music; personal artifacts such as performers’ instruments, costumes and accessories; and more.

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.

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