Shannon McNally and Fred Newell • Live at the Hall, 2021
Interviews • 35m
For this 2021 episode of the Museum's "Live at the Hall," singer-songwriter Shannon McNally and pedal steel guitarist Fred Newell perform three songs together and discuss their individual careers and their collaborations on McNally’s 2021 album, “The Waylon Sessions.” They open the program with a McNally original, “Pale Moon.”
The first part of the interview focuses on Jennings. McNally talks about discovering his music; how she related to his songs; her decision to record a tribute album to him; and how she went about choosing musicians and songs for the project. McNally also describes what it meant for her to receive support from Jennings’s wife, Jessi Colter. Newell recalls his membership in Jennings’s band in the 1990s and discusses what drew him to McNally’s interpretations of Jennings’s music.
The duo performs two songs from “The Waylon Sessions”: “Black Rose,” written by Billy Joe Shaver, and “I Ain’t Living Long Like This,” written by Rodney Crowell. McNally and Newell also talk about their personal encounters with Shaver and what made his songwriting special. McNally recounts her experiences working with Crowell, who produced her 2017 album, “Black Irish.”
During the interview, McNally mentions many places she has lived and describes the circumstances of her move to Nashville, in 2017.
Watch Bonus Tracks from Shannon McNally and Fred Newell's "Live at the Hall": https://watch.countrymusichalloffame.org/videos/shannon-mcnally-and-fred-newell-bonus-tracks-live-at-the-hall-2021
Explore our public programming: https://countrymusichalloffame.org/plan-your-visit/exhibits-activities/public-programs/
FOLLOW THE MUSEUM
Up Next in Interviews
Kay West • Louise Scruggs Memorial Fo...
Kay West discusses her wide-ranging career in music and media as the 2022 honoree in the annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum series at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. In looking back over her multi-faceted career, West emphasizes that she considers herself an author and journalist, fi...
Sam Williams • Live at the Hall, 2021
During this “Live at the Hall” episode, filmed July 2, 2021, Sam Williams discusses the misperceptions that come with being a member of one of country music’s most famous families, and how he overcame his hesitancy to become a musician once he discovered the therapeutic qualities of songwriting. ...
Elizabeth Cook • Live at the Hall, 2021
Singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cook talks about her “hardcore honky-tonk” family background, singing onstage and recording as a precocious child performer in rural Florida, and the twists and turns in her career in this interview and performance, taped July 29, 2021 as part of the Museum's "Live at ...