Interviews

Interviews

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum regularly hosts illuminating interviews with country artists, songwriters, and industry players, both in its Nashville home and on location.

The Museum’s regular interview series include Poets and Prophets, which spotlights the artistry and achievements of songwriters who have made significant contributions to American music, and Nashville Cats, which showcases musicians and singers who have played important roles in support of hit artists in either the studio or on tour.

The Museum's collection also offers thousands of video and audio interviews with country legends, mainstays, and rising stars, spanning from the 1920s to today.

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Interviews
  • The Jordanaires • Nashville Cats, 2008

    The Jordanaires’ Gordon Stoker and Ray Walker reminisce about the vocal group’s career highlights, sharing stories about recording with Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Tammy Wynette, and others.

    During the October 25, 2008, program—part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Nashville Cats s...

  • Jessi Colter • Songs and Interview, 2017

    Jessi Colter’s “The Psalms” album and her memoir, “An Outlaw and a Lady,” came out in 2017, and she digs deep into both during this in-depth discussion at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, before performing some familiar favorites (“Storms Never Last” and “I’m Not Lisa”) and a song from ...

  • Little Big Town Interview • ‘The Power of Four,’ 2018

    The members of Little Big Town—Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook—discuss their lives and careers during an interview at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, held June 26, 2018, to support the exhibition “Little Big Town: The Power of Four.”

    Each member ...

  • Dr. John Interview With Nick Spitzer, 2013

    Singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and producer Dr. John—one of the most colorful characters to come from New Orleans, Louisiana—is interviewed here by Nick Spitzer, producer and host of the syndicated radio show “American Routes.”

    During the 2013 interview, Dr. John, aka Mac Rebennack, sha...

  • Lee Ann Womack • Songs and Interview, 2017

    In conversation with the Museum’s Peter Cooper, Lee Ann Womack talks about her album “The Lonely, the Lonesome, and the Gone” (recorded at Houston’s legendary SugarHill studios, where Lightnin’ Hopkins, George Jones, Willie Nelson, and many others recorded), and about songwriting, her East Texas ...

  • Dylan Disc by Disc • Panel Discussion with Author Jon Bream, 2015

    For his book “Dylan: Disc by Disc,” music critic and author Jon Bream talked with fifty-five musicians, journalists, and scholars about every album recorded by Bob Dylan. Here, Bream hosts a conversation about the albums Dylan recorded in Nashville, including “Blonde on Blonde,” “John Wesley Hard...

  • Blake Shelton • Songs and Interview, 2016

    Multimedia star Blake Shelton, in a career-spanning interview with the Museum’s Michael McCall, tracks his evolution from a mullet-sporting country music hopeful from Ada, Oklahoma, to one of the genre’s most widely recognized stars.

    The award-winning recording artist details the years leading u...

  • Country Music Hall of Fame 2020 Class • Live at the Hall Encore

    The Country Music Hall of Fame’s 2020 inductees—Dean Dillon, Marty Stuart, and Hank Williams Jr.—are recognized in this “Live at the Hall” encore, featuring performance and interview clips from past programs at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    The compilation episode includes highligh...

  • Marshall Chapman • Songwriter Session, 2020

    Marshall Chapman takes the stage at the Museum to share stories and perform songs from a decades-spanning career as a singer-songwriter, including “Betty’s Bein’ Bad,” which was recorded by country group Sawyer Brown and taken to #5 in the country charts in 1985.

    Throughout her 2020 Songwriter ...

  • Vince Gill Donates Roy Acuff's Fiddle to the Museum's Collection

    Vince Gill shares the backstory of one of Roy Acuff's primary fiddles — how Acuff acquired it, how he treasured it, how the instrument came to Gill, and why he chose to donate it to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's permanent collection in 2021.

    The fiddle—a copy of the highly prized v...

  • The Rise of Alan Jackson • Panel Discussion, 2015

    A panel of Alan Jackson's collaborators and friends—including record label executives Tim DuBois and Mike Dungan, songwriter Jim McBride, and longtime bandmates Danny Groah and Roger Wills—come together to discuss the Country Music Hall of Fame member's rise during this 2015 program at the Countr...

  • Merle Haggard and the Strangers Interview • The Bakersfield Sound

    Merle Haggard joins Norm Hamlet and Don Markham, longtime members of Haggard’s band the Strangers, for a 2012 program at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum dubbed "My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers: A Conversation with Norm Hamlet, Don Markham, and Fuzzy Owen."

    The program also features a...

  • Hank Williams Jr. • Interview and Performance, 2008

    Hank Williams Jr. visits the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to perform and answer questions about his life and career, his father’s legacy, and his family’s ongoing dedication to creative endeavors.

    Recorded on March 29, 2008, the live program was held to mark the opening of the Museum’s ...

  • Dean Dillon • Poets & Prophets, 2008

    Dean Dillon—one of the most successful and influential songwriters in country music, and a major source of hits for Country Music Hall of Fame member George Strait—talks about his career during a 2008 “Poets and Prophets” interview at the Museum, augmented by live performances, video and audio cl...

  • Jim Lauderdale • Live at the Hall, 2021

    In partnership with AmericanaFest, Jim Lauderdale joins the Museum’s Peter Cooper for a conversation marking the thirtieth anniversary of “Planet of Love,” Lauderdale's major label debut, produced by Rodney Crowell and John Leventhal and featuring harmony vocals from Shawn Colvin and Emmylou Harr...

  • Bob Moore • Nashville Cats, 2007

    During an interview with Bill Lloyd, veteran session bassist Bob Moore speaks about his career and his contributions to such standards as Patsy Cline’s “I Fall to Pieces,” Brenda Lee’s “I’m Sorry,” Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Roger Miller’s “King of the Road,” Elvis Presley’s “Are You...

  • Sarah Buxton • Songwriter Session, 2021

    Singer-songwriter Sarah Buxton joins the Museum remotely for a 2021 Songwriter Session, sharing memories of her songwriting education and development and live versions of a mix of her songs, including hits she's written for major country stars (Keith Urban and Lady A among them) and selections fr...

  • Erin Enderlin • Songwriter Session, 2020

    During a 2020 Songwriter Session, singer-songwriter Erin Enderlin—who's written songs for Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, and Luke Bryan, among others—performs live and reflects on the musical journey that brought her to Nashville.

    As a little girl, Arkansas native Enderlin saw Country Music Hall o...

  • Hannah Dasher • Live at the Hall, 2021

    On stage at the Museum, recording artist and songwriter Hannah Dasher performs a selection of songs she’s written, including the autobiographical tune “You’re Gonna Love Me,” “The Tree,” co-written with Casey Beathard, and her first cut by a major artist, “Go to Bed Early,” recorded by Brad Paisl...

  • Lauren Alaina • Live at the Hall, 2021

    Lauren Alaina discusses her ten-year anniversary as a country hitmaker while displaying the powerful, wide-ranging voice that led to her becoming a favorite duet partner for other country artists. Appearing with her guitarist, Tico Hernandez, Alaina presents a solo version of “Getting Over Him,” ...

  • Dallas Frazier • Poets and Prophets, 2010

    Dallas Frazier, the country songwriter known for “Elvira,” “Beneath Still Waters,” and “There Goes My Everything,” speaks about his best-known compositions and explains his thirty-year sabbatical from writing during this Poets and Prophets program, recorded December 10, 2010, at the Country Music...

  • Rissi Palmer • Live at the Hall, 2021

    For the “Live at the Hall” series, Rissi Palmer—a singer, songwriter, and host of Apple Music’s “Color Me Country”—talks about her life and career and performs “Summerville” and “Country Girl,” backed by Charles Newkirk on guitar.

    Palmer debuted on the record charts with the single “Country Girl...

  • Jon Langford • Live at the Hall, 2021

    Musician and visual artist Jon Langford joins the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Warren Denney to discuss his varied career, and performs a selection of songs live.

    Langford is a founding member of the punk band the Mekons, the post-punk group the Three Johns, and the alternative-count...

  • Bill Anderson • Live at the Hall, 2022

    Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson joins the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in for an intimate interview and performance, tracing his lauded, decades-long career as a recording artist, songwriter, TV host, and actor.

    Recorded live at the Museum on December 4, 2021, the progra...