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
  • Guitarist Reggie Young Interview • Nashville Cats, 2008

    Guitarist Reggie Young—who played on hit recordings by the Box Tops, Neil Diamond, Dobie Gray, Waylon Jennings, Elvis Presley, and Dusty Springfield, among others—shares stories from his extensive career during a 2008 interview, part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Nashville Cats s...

  • Wynonna Judd • Songs and Interview, 2019

    Wynonna Judd—half of Grammy-award winning duo the Judds—discusses career triumphs and traumas and performs with her husband and bandmate Cactus Moser during this 2019 interview at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Wynonna reminisces about performing with her mother Naomi Judd first as t...

  • Billy Joe Shaver • Poets and Prophets, 2018

    Songwriter Billy Joe Shaver performs and shares stories from his colorful life and career live in the Ford Theater, as part of the Museum's Poets and Prophets series, which spotlights songwriters who have made significant contributions to country music.

    Billy Joe Shaver opens the program with “...

  • Shannon McNally and Fred Newell • Live at the Hall, 2021

    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...

  • Allison Russell • Live at the Hall, 2021

    As part of the Museum’s series “Live at the Hall,” singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Allison Russell discusses the circumstances that led to her first solo album, “Outside Child,” and performs “Nightflyer” and “Persephone” with accompaniment from cellist Larissa Maestro.

    Russell’s so...

  • Gregg Allman’s ‘Southern Blood’ • Panel and Performance, 2017

    Gregg Allman’s final studio album, “Southern Blood,” was released months after the singer, songwriter, and Allman Brothers Band founder’s death in late May of 2017. Here, around the album’s September release, fellow musicians and collaborators gather at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum t...

  • John Hiatt and Jerry Douglas • Live at the Hall, 2021

    John Hiatt and Jerry Douglas, masters of American music, sit down for a conversation with the Museum’s Peter Cooper about their collaborative 2021 album, "Leftover Feelings," recorded with the Jerry Douglas Band at Historic RCA Studio B, which is operated by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Mus...

  • Pat Alger • Songwriter Session, 2018

    Songwriter Pat Alger—a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and frequent Garth Brooks co-writer—performs and shares stories behind some of his songs during this 2018 program, part of the Songwriter Sessions series at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Alger collaborated on four of G...

  • Cindy Mabe • Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum

    The 11th Annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum spotlights record label executive Cindy Mabe, who's helped shepherd dozens of high-profile country music careers, including those of Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood, at labels including Arista Records, RCA Records, Capitol Records, an...

  • Ralph Peer and the Making of Country Music • Concert and Conversation

    The career and legacy of pioneering talent scout, record producer, music publisher, and artist manager Ralph Peer is explored during this 2014 multi-media program at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, featuring Barry Mazor (author of "Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music") and...

  • Waylon Payne • Songwriter Session, 2021

    During a 2021 interview and performance, singer-songwriter Waylon Payne discusses the road to sobriety that led to his critically acclaimed 2020 album, "Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me," and performs five of its songs live.

    The son of country musicians Sammi Smith (who sang the...

  • Steve Forbert • Live at the Hall, 2021

    Steve Forbert performs solo and discusses his forty-year career as a folk-rock singer and songwriter during this 2021 episode of the Museum's series “Live at the Hall.” Forbert traces his journey from his hometown of Meridien, Mississippi, where he fronted a rock band, to living in New York City,...

  • Steve Forbert Bonus Tracks • Live at the Hall, 2021

    Steve Forbert performed a bonus selection of songs live in Nashville, as part of a 2021 installment of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's “Live at the Hall” performance and interview series. Forbert's additional live performances here include: “Rough and Rowdy Ways,” a song from his Gram...

  • Victoria Banks • Songwriter Session, 2020

    During this 2020 Songwriter Session, veteran Nashville songwriter Victoria Banks—whose work has been recorded by artists including Lauren Alaina, Sara Evans, and Carly Pearce—shares some of her songwriting wisdom and performs six of her songs, including "What Are You Gonna Tell Her?", the groundb...

  • Johnny Cash’s Daughters in Conversation: ‘Becoming Our Father’

    Johnny Cash's four daughters, Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, and Tara, discuss their father's overseas experiences as an Air Force serviceman, based on the photos and letters he sent to their mother, Vivian Liberto, who was Cash's girlfriend at the time. The program is in conjunction with a Country Music...

  • Dierks Bentley • Songs and Interview, 2016

    Dierks Bentley discusses his musical influences, recounts his early days in Nashville, and performs some of his hit songs with co-writers during this in-depth 2016 interview at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Bentley remembers growing up in Phoenix and listening to country stars inclu...

  • Kim Carnes • Songs and Conversation, 2015

    During this 2015 program, Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Kim Carnes performs some of her best-known songs—including the biggest hit of 1981, “Bette Davis Eyes”—and details her journey from a Pasadena, California, childhood to a place as a much-lauded Nashville songwriter.

    Carnes wrote her ...

  • Alex Hall and Tenille Townes • Songwriter Session, 2021

    Singer-songwriters Alex Hall and Tenille Townes joined the Museum remotely for a Songwriter Session in February 2021, sharing live performances and thoughts about the art and craft of songwriting. Hall's debut EP, "Six Strings," features a collection of well-known collaborators, including Vince G...

  • Charlie Daniels • Songs and Interview, 2016

    On October 29, 2016, the day after Charlie Daniels’s eightieth birthday and two weeks after his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, he sat down for an in-depth interview in front of a full house in the Museum’s CMA Theater. With characteristic candor, the singer, songwriter, guitarist,...

  • Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, the Nashville Works • Panel Discussion, 2015

    During this 2015 panel discussion, Ron Cornelius, Charlie Daniels, Sylvie Simmons, and Bob Wilson talk about Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, as part of a series of educational events held in support of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s exhibition “Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New...

  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on ‘Will the Circle be Unbroken,’ 2015

    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band members Bob Carpenter, Jimmie Fadden, Jeff Hanna, and John McEuen come together here to discuss their “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” albums, and talk about encounters with their heroes and peers, during a 2015 program at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
    In 1972, th...

  • Ricky Skaggs Interview and Performance, 2017

    Ricky Skaggs traces his journey from child mandolin prodigy to country and bluegrass stardom during this interview, hosted on May 13, 2017, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    The program begins with a video of Skaggs, at age seven, performing on Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs' televis...

  • Robert Earl Keen • Songs and Interview, 2018

    A celebrated proponent of the Texas songwriting tradition, Robert Earl Keen Jr. speaks here with the Museum’s Michael McCall about his four-decade career.

    Emerging from his native Houston in the 1980s, the master songsmith followed in the provocative, distinctly personal artistic paths of fellow...

  • Luke Bryan • Songs and Interview, 2015

    Luke Bryan traces his career milestones and creative inspirations—many of which were detailed in the exhibition “Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary”—during a 2015 interview with “Rolling Stone Country” senior editor Joseph Hudak, held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    The singer, songwriter...