Songwriter Sessions

Songwriter Sessions

During Songwriter Sessions at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, fans get a chance to meet the minds behind some of country music's biggest hits, as respected songwriters share the stories behind their work in an intimate performance setting, with audience Q&A.

The Museum's virtual Songwriter Sessions have moved here to our online streaming home, with a new lineup of country music's most accomplished writers and our ongoing mix of live performances and insightful interviews. Tune in each Tuesday night at 7:00 Central to watch.

We've also added a post-show, driven by viewers. On Instagram Live at @OfficialCMHOF, we're hosting a Tuesday Q&A that lets viewers ask questions and connect directly with each week's guest. Visit the Museum's Instagram at 8:00 Central each Tuesday night to join in for our interactive Q&A.

Scroll down to explore videos of past Songwriter Sessions.

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Songwriter Sessions
  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Adam Wright • Songwriter Session, 2021

    Singer-songwriter and The Wrights member Adam Wright joins the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum remotely for a 2021 Songwriter Session, sharing insights about the influence of songwriting heroes including Guy Clark and Roger Miller, and performing a mix of songs he’s had recorded by Lee Ann ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Abby Anderson • Songwriter Session, 2019

    Nashville-based, Texas-bred singer-songwriter Abby Anderson performs a selection of her music and answers audience questions during this 2019 Songwriter Session in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Ford Theater.
    Anderson moved to Nashville just out of high school in 2015, and signed wit...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Ashley Monroe • Songwriter Session with host Tyler Mahan Coe, 2018

    Ashley Monroe performs songs from her 2018 album, “Sparrow,” and talks about the record with Tyler Mahan Coe, host of country music podcast “Cocaine & Rhinestones,” during a Songwriter Session at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Among the songs Ashley Monroe performs: love song “Hands ...

  • Josh Kear and Tenille Townes • Songwriter Session, 2018

    Songwriters Josh Kear and Tenille Townes perform live and talk about the stories behind their songs during this 2018 program, part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Songwriter Sessions series.

    Canadian-born Townes reminisces about attending Songwriter Sessions at the Museum when she...

  • Billy Joe Shaver • Songwriter Session, 2014

    Texas songwriter Billy Joe Shaver shares live songs and discusses his songwriting career during a 2014 Songwriter Session at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, in partnership with the Americana Music Association’s AmericanaFest.

    Recalling his arrival in Nashville and being grouped into ...

  • 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...

  • Mary Gauthier • Songwriter Session, 2015

    Mary Gauthier performs live and shares her difficult road to becoming a professional songwriter during a 2015 Songwriter Session at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, presented in partnership with the Americana Music Association.

    Gauthier explains that she had trouble with drugs and alco...

  • 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...

  • 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, ...

  • Ashley Monroe • Songwriter Session, 2014

    During a 2014 Songwriter Session at the Museum, Ashley Monroe performs a mix of songs live, and talks about her solo albums, co-writing hits with Miranda Lambert, forming the Pistol Annies, and more.

    Monroe shares a selection of songs from her 2013 album “Like a Rose” (for which she co-wrote al...

  • Jamie Floyd • Songwriter Session, 2018

    Jamie Floyd performs and shares the highs and lows of her songwriting career during a 2018 Songwriter Session at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Fresh from her first nationally televised appearance on the USA Network’s singing competition show “Real Country,” Floyd sings “The Blade,” ...

  • Guitarist and Songwriter Red Lane • Songwriter Session, 2013

    Guitarist and hit songwriter Red Lane—who’s played with and written songs for country music legends including Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Conway Twitty, Dottie West, Keith Whitley, and George Strait, among others—joins the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum here for a Songwriter Session in...

  • The Crickets’ Sonny Curtis • Songwriter Session, 2017

    Sonny Curtis—award-winning songwriter, guitarist, recording artist, and member of the Crickets—performs live and shares stories during a special 2017 Songwriter Session in honor of the Museum’s fiftieth anniversary.

    Accompanied with just his acoustic guitar, the Musicians Hall of Fame, Nashville...