Live Music

Live Music

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hosts live music throughout the year, including its regular Songwriter Sessions and Musician Spotlights and stylistically varied performances in its 800-seat CMA Theater. The Museum's unparalleled collection of historically and culturally unique resources includes classic and current country music film and TV performances and more, ranging from the 1920s to the present.

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  • Jerry Reed Tribute Concert, 2012

    During this 2012 concert, friends and disciples of the late Jerry Reed gather to perform the singer, songwriter, master guitarist, and Country Music Hall of Fame member's original songs and covers that he interpreted with his signature finger-picking style. Guests include Thom Bresh, Craig Dobbin...

  • 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...

  • Muhlenburg County Thumbpickers Live Performance

    During this 2012 concert at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, four accomplished thumbpickers—Eddie Pennington, Freddie Russell, Joe Hudson, and Paul Mosely—salute Country Music Hall of Fame members Chet Atkins and Merle Travis, who helped popularize thumbstyle guitar playing in the 1940s...

  • Pedal Steel Guitar Pioneer Buddy Emmons • Tribute Concert

    Pedal steel guitar pioneer Buddy Emmons, who displayed his craft alongside classic country artists such as Little Jimmy Dickens, Ray Price, and Ernest Tubb, is honored during this 2017 tribute concert, featuring Country Music Hall of Fame member Hargus “Pig” Robbins, “King of Twang” guitarist Dua...

  • Suzy Bogguss Toasts Chet Atkins

    During this 2011 program, Suzy Bogguss performs a selection of songs, including several she recorded with Chet Atkins, and reminisces about her friendship and creative collaboration with the guitar great and Country Music Hall of Fame member.

    Bogguss opens with two 1991 hits, “Outbound Plane” a...

  • Tommy Emmanuel Honors Chet Atkins in Story and Song

    Guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel—a Chet Atkins protégé and one of only five guitarists honored with a “Certified Guitar Player” or C.G.P. award by the guitar legend—performs at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in support of its exhibition “Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player.”

    During th...

  • 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...

  • Chet Atkins Tribute Concert • Friends and Flame Keepers

    At a 2012 tribute concert honoring guitar great Chet Atkins, friends, family, and flame-keepers of his sound gather to spotlight and celebrate the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s enduring contributions to country music history.

    John Knowles, whom Atkins honored with the C.G.P. (“Certified Gu...

  • Steve Wariner • Tribute to Chet Atkins, 2012

    Steve Wariner pays tribute to Chet Atkins during this 2012 program at the Country Music Hall of Museum, sharing stories about the Country Music Hall of Fame member and performing a mix of Atkins’ songs and his own hits.

    The first words Wariner remembers saying to his musical hero: “Shut up.” (He...

  • Shelby Lynne, Allison Moorer on ‘Not Dark Yet’ • Hosted by NPR’s Ann Powers

    Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer discuss and perform songs from their collaborative album “Not Dark Yet” in this 2017 program, hosted by NPR music critic Ann Powers. The conversation delves into the song selections for the record and the process of creating arrangements that highlight their harmon...

  • Dailey & Vincent • Musician Spotlight, 2017

    Bluegrass performers Dailey & Vincent—named for founding members Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent—share a mix of time-honored country and gospel songs to highlight the tradition of gospel quartet singing during this 2017 Musician Spotlight at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Along with...

  • Lillie Mae • Musician Spotlight, 2018

    Americana artist Lillie Mae performs live and answers audience questions during this December 2018 Musician Spotlight, held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. She is accompanied by three siblings, sister McKenna Grace Rische on acoustic guitar, sister Scarlett Rische on mandolin, and b...

  • Gary Allan • Songwriter Session, 2016

    Singer-songwriter Gary Allan performs live alongside some of his co-writers during a Songwriter Session at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, held during the 2016 CMA Music Festival.

    After opening the program with “Right Where I Need to Be,” written by Casey Beathard and Kendell Marvel, ...

  • Chris Gantry • Songwriter Session, 2018

    This interview and performance presents a unique window into the life and times of singer-songwriter Chris Gantry, one of Nashville’s great characters and true artists. Gantry—among the artists featured in the Museum’s exhibition “Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s”—expounds here on his...

  • Adam Wright • Songwriter Session, 2018

    Adam Wright—who’s written songs for Lee Ann Womack, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, the Lonesome River Band, and many other major country and bluegrass names—shares some of his songwriting highlights and intimate details about his music career during this 2018 Songwriter Session at the Country Music ...

  • Darryl Worley • Songwriter Session, 2017

    Singer-songwriter Darryl Worley performs hits from his lengthy career and answers audience questions during this January 2017 Songwriter Session at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Opening with 2009 hit "Sounds Like Life to Me"—which he explains was inspired by his father's response to...

  • Natalie Hemby • Songwriter Session, 2017

    Songwriter Natalie Hemby performs her #1 hits, personal favorites, and cuts from her album “Puxico” during this 2017 Songwriter Session at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Hemby opens with "You Look Like I Need a Drink," a #1 hit recorded by Justin Moore, and over the course of the pr...

  • 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...

  • Ray Benson • Songwriter Session, 2018

    Ray Benson, leader of the long-running western swing band Asleep at the Wheel, discusses his fifty-plus year career with the Museum’s Michael McCall and offers a rare solo performance of songs he has written.

    During the 2018 program, held during AmericanaFest, Benson discusses how a Philadelphi...

  • Charlie Worsham • Songwriter Session and 'Follow Your Heart' Book Talk

    Songwriter, musician, and producer Charlie Worsham shares songs, talks about the inspiration for his 2018 book, "Follow Your Heart: A Guitar, A Tattoo, and One Man’s Country Music Journey," and reads excerpts from that personal project.

    Among the songs Worsham performs during this 2018 Songwrite...

  • Bill Anderson • Songwriter Session, 2016

    Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson performs live and shares the stories behind some of his hit songs in this intimate Songwriter Session, held October 22, 2016, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Anderson kicks off the program with a performance of his 1965 hit “Bright Li...

  • Hilary Williams • Songwriter Session, 2018

    Hilary Williams—granddaughter of Country Music Hall of Fame member Hank Williams, and daughter of fellow member Hank Williams Jr.—carries on her family’s musical traditions, sharing live songs and stories as part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Songwriter Sessions series.

    Througho...

  • Lindsay Ell • Songwriter Session, 2016

    Singer-songwriter Lindsay Ell performs a mix of her singles and unreleased songs, including “By the Way,” “Criminal,” “What Does You Good,” and “Don’t Call Me Lonely,” and answers audience questions during a 2016 Songwriter Session at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    The program is pre...

  • RaeLynn with Nicolle Galyon • Songwriter Session, 2017

    Recording artist RaeLynn and songwriter Nicolle Galyon perform a selection of songs during this July 2017 Songwriter Session, held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum four months after RaeLynn released her Galyon-co-produced debut album, “Wildhorse.”

    During the performance, RaeLynn shar...