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
  • Joe Ely • Songwriter Session, 2018

    Joe Ely makes a special appearance at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on May 26, 2018, in connection with the opening of the exhibition “Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ʼ70s.” The Texas music mainstay performs songs spanning his broad musical career and shares memorable experien...

  • Bruce Robison • Songwriter Session, 2017

    Texas singer-songwriter Bruce Robinson discusses his creative process and performs a selection of his hits—including “Desperately” (George Strait), “Travelin’ Soldier” (the Chicks), and “Angry All the Time” (Tim McGraw and Faith Hill)—during a special Songwriter Session, presented in partnership ...

  • 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 ...

  • Dan Penn • Songwriter Session, 2020

    Dan Penn, whose soulful songwriting made a mark in the musical history of Muscle Shoals and Memphis, shares a conversation and performs live during a Songwriter Session at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, recorded August 25, 2020.

    In conversation with the Museum’s Michael Gray, Penn ta...

  • Josh Osborne • Songwriter Session, 2018

    Hit songwriter Josh Osborne sings five of the most popular songs he’s written—“Body Like a Back Road,” “Setting the World on Fire,” “Drinkin’ Problem,” “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” and “All the Pretty Girls”—during this solo set at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. He also talks...

  • Eric Paslay • Songwriter Session, 2019

    Eric Paslay entertains attendees of the CMA Music Festival in a solo set of insightful stories, familiar hits, and one new song at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. He also answers questions from fans about songwriting.

    In this performance, the Abilene, Texas, native begins with his 201...

  • Erin Enderlin • Songwriter Session, 2020

    During a 2020 Songwriter Session, singer-songwriter Erin Enderlin—who's written songs for Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, and Luke Bryan, among others—performs live and reflects on the musical journey that brought her to Nashville.

    As a little girl, Arkansas native Enderlin saw Country Music Hall o...

  • Bob Regan and Mike Byer • Songwriter Session, 2020

    During a special 2020 Veterans Day Songwriter Session at the Museum, songwriter and Operation Song founder Bob Regan shares the stage with OS program director Mike Byer to perform a selection of songs, and discuss their organization, its purpose, and process. Operation Song pairs professional son...

  • BJ Barham, Jonathan Byrd, Sarah Siskind • North Carolina Songwriters Round

    North Carolinian singer-songwriters BJ Barham, Jonathan Byrd, and Sarah Siskind share stories and songs inspired by their home state in support of 2019’s AmericanaFest and as part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Songwriter Sessions series.

    Barham is the front man and primary songw...

  • 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...