The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hosts an interview with Reba McEntire around the 2013 opening of the exhibition "Reba: All the Women I Am."
Like the exhibition, the nearly ninety-minute interview with Reba McEntire traces decades of her life and career, from her upbringing in Chockie, Oklahoma, through to and beyond her 2011 election to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Among the topics McEntire explores during the conversation with the Museum's Michael McCall: singing harmonies with her siblings Pake and Susie during childhood car rides to rodeos with their father, champion calf roper Clark McEntire; learning the performance ropes with her family group, the Singing McEntires; and developing as a recording artist, from her early days as the "queen of waltzes" to staking her creative claim with the 1984 album "My Kind of Country," and later, teaming up with inspirations, contemporaries, and young stars (including Carole King, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, and others) on the 2007 album "Duets."
McEntire also talks about how her professional and personal relationship developed with steel guitar player, bandleader, tour manager, manager, and then husband Narvel Blackstock, and opens up about the tragic 1991 plane crash that took the lives of seven members of her band and her road manager (including how friends including Dolly Parton and Vince Gill rallied to help her afterward, and how she paid tribute with her 1992 album, "For My Broken Heart").
Reba McEntire's songs and albums drive much of the conversation, but the multi-faceted nature of her entertainment career makes its way into the interview too, from her fashion sense to the emotions surrounding her Broadway turn as sharpshooter Annie Oakley in "Annie Get Your Gun," for a 2001 revival of the hit musical.
"Reba: All the Woman I Am" exhibition dates: August 9, 2013, through June 8, 2014.
Find out more about the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's exhibitions: https://countrymusichalloffame.org/current-exhibits/
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