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
  • 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...

  • Chip Young • Nashville Cats, 2010

    Session guitarist and producer Chip Young details his experiences of playing on sessions with Elvis Presley, his friendship with Country Music Hall of Fame member Jerry Reed, and the notable records he produced at his studio, Young’Un Sound. Young wraps the October 9, 2010, program—part of the Co...

  • Ray Edenton • Nashville Cats, 2007

    Ray Edenton—part of the small group of revered session musicians known as the Nashville A-Team, and one of the most recorded guitarists in American history—describes his career recording with artists such as the Everly Brothers, Marty Robbins, and many others during this October 6, 2007, program,...

  • Jeffrey Steele • Poets and Prophets, 2008

    Hit songwriter Jeffrey Steele performs signature hits like “My Wish” and “What Hurts the Most” and talks about his songwriting process and inspiration during this September 27, 2008, program, part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s songwriting-focused Poets and Prophets series.

    Steel...

  • Hank Cochran • Poets and Prophets, 2007

    Hank Cochran gives a spirited interview about his long career as a songwriter—with anecdotes about Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline, as well as stories behind country classics including “Don’t Touch Me” and “Ocean Front Property”—during a Poets and Prophets program at the Country Music Hall of Fame....

  • 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,” ...

  • Craig Wiseman • Poets and Prophets, 2007

    Craig Wiseman shares insights from his songwriting career and sings some of his biggest hits—including 2004 Tim McGraw chart-topper “Live Like You Were Dying” and award-winning Brooks & Dunn single “Believe”—during a Poets and Prophets program at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Held D...

  • 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...

  • Vincent Neil Emerson • Live at the Hall, 2021

    Recording artist and songwriter Vincent Neil Emerson performs and tells stories behind a selection of songs he’s written, including “Ripplin’ and Wild,” “Learnin’ to Drown,” “The Ballad of the Choctaw-Apache,” “7 Come 11,” and “High on Gettin’ By,” during this episode of the “Live at the Hall” se...

  • Jerry Chesnut • Poets and Prophets, 2009

    Jerry Chesnut—the songwriter behind classic country hits including “A Good Year for the Roses” and “It’s Four in the Morning”—shares detailed, often funny stories about his work and his career during this September 26, 2009, program, part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Poets and P...

  • Martina McBride • Live at the Hall, 2021

    Martina McBride discusses her life and career in-depth as part of the opening weekend of her Museum exhibition, "Martina McBride: The Power of Her Voice," and closes with a full-band performance of four of her biggest hits. The Museum’s Michael McCall conducts the interview, taped live on August ...

  • Jenee Fleenor • Live at the Hall, 2021

    In this “Live at the Hall” episode, Jenee Fleenor—a two-time Country Music Association Award-winning instrumentalist of the year, and the first woman to ever win that prize from the CMA—performs live and talks about her journey from a precocious child in Springdale, Arkansas, to becoming one of N...

  • Val Storey • Live at the Hall, 2021

    Singer and guitarist Val Storey has performed hundreds of times on the stage of Nashville’s Station Inn, the best-known bluegrass music club in the world. In this program, Storey performs two songs at the Station Inn: “Those Memories of You,” written by the Nashville Bluegrass Band’s Alan O’Bryan...

  • Suiting the Sound: Jewish Rodeo Tailors of Country Music • Live at the Hall

    Produced and presented in partnership with the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, “Suiting the Sound: Jewish Rodeo Tailors of Country Music,” recorded on January 25, 2022, explores the emergence of the unique “rhinestone cowboy” look in the 1940s and 1950s, largely from the tail...

  • John Sebastian • Live at the Hall, 2021

    John Sebastian—best known from his work with the Lovin’ Spoonful—joins the Museum to discuss his career in folk, country, pop, and rock music and to perform two Lovin’ Spoonful songs with guitarist Arlen Roth.

    Sebastian was the Lovin’ Spoonful’s founder, frontman, and principal songwriter. In th...

  • Brittney Spencer • Live at the Hall, 2021

    Singer-songwriter Brittney Spencer takes questions from the audience, performs, and tells stories behind a selection of songs she’s written on stage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Recorded on September 11, 2021, the live performance is presented here as part of the Museum’s “Live a...

  • Matraca Berg and Jeff Hanna • Songwriter Session, 2020

    Matraca Berg and Jeff Hanna share the stage during a Songwriter Session at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, recorded October 20, 2020. The two perform live and discuss their best-known compositions, including Berg’s “Strawberry Wine” and Hanna’s “Bless the Broken Road.”

    Berg, a member ...

  • Jerry Kennedy • Nashville Cats, 2008

    Jerry Kennedy explores his career as a recording artist, guitarist, producer, and label executive in this wide-reaching interview, held February 16, 2008, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    During the program, part of the Museum’s Nashville Cats series, Kennedy shares his experiences...

  • Luke Dick • Songwriter Session, 2021

    Luke Dick performs and tells stories about three of the hits he’s co-written: Dierks Bentley’s “Burning Man,” Eric Church’s “Kill a Word,” and Miranda Lambert’s “Bluebird.” He also shares two songs from a documentary he produced about his mother.

    In a virtual interview with the Museum’s Michael ...

  • Memories of Buck Owens, Bonnie Owens, and Merle Haggard • Panel Discussion, 2012

    Buck Owens, Bonnie Owens, and Merle Haggard continue to be revered for their role in the country music history of Bakersfield, California. This panel discussion—held November 12, 2012, in conjunction with the 2012 – 2014 exhibition “The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California...

  • Elizabeth Cook, Mary Gauthier, and Abigail Washburn • ‘Right By Her Roots’

    Elizabeth Cook, Mary Gauthier, and Abigail Washburn explore their musical roots and their approach to songwriting in this September 8, 2010, program at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, hosted by author Jewly Hight. The panelists—all of whom are featured in Hight’s 2011 book, “Right By H...