Special Programs

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  • Booker T. Jones • Interview with Robert Gordon, 2012

    Multi-instrumentalist Booker T. Jones recalls milestones in his music career—including scoring a massive hit in 1962 with the organ-driven “Green Onions”—in this interview with Memphis-based music historian Robert Gordon. Jones shares stories of recording with Soul music legends as part of the re...

  • American Currents • Celebrating the State of the Music

    Virtual program “American Currents: Celebrating the State of the Music” offers an introduction to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's “American Currents: State of the Music”—an annual exhibition that spotlights significant developments in country music over the previous year, and marks th...

  • 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...

  • Little Big Town Interview • ‘The Power of Four,’ 2018

    The members of Little Big Town—Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook—discuss their lives and careers during a 2018 interview at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, held around the opening of the exhibition “Little Big Town: The Power of Four.”

    Each member ...

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

    BJ Barham is the front man and primary songwriter of American Aquarium, who just released their seventh album, Things Change, produced by John Fullbright. In 2016, Barham released his solo debut, Rockingham, a collection of songs exploring small town life and rural America, inspired by his hometo...

  • The Rise of Alan Jackson • Panel Discussion, 2015

    A panel of Alan Jackson's collaborators and friends—including record label executives Tim DuBois and Mike Dungan, songwriter Jim McBride, and longtime bandmates Danny Groah and Roger Wills—come together to discuss the Country Music Hall of Fame member's rise during this 2015 program at the Countr...

  • 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...

  • ‘Ray Charles: Still Modern’ Panel • Travis Tritt, Shannon Sanders, John Burk

    Country artist Travis Tritt, artist and music industry leader Shannon Sanders, and Concord Records president John Burk explore the impact of Ray Charles’s groundbreaking 1962 album “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music” during a 2019 panel discussion at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Mu...

  • First Ladies of Bluegrass in Concert, 2019

    The First Ladies of Bluegrass—Alison Brown, Becky Buller, Sierra Hull, Missy Raines, and Molly Tuttle—share the stage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s CMA Theater during this 2019 concert, a rare collective performance from the first women to win the International Bluegrass Music As...

  • 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...

  • Brandi Carlile • Songs and Interview, 2015

    Genre-defying artist Brandi Carlile performs a selection of songs with bandmates Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth and discusses her career during this June 2015 program, held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and moderated by NPR Music's Ann Powers.

    Brandi Carlile begins the program w...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Buckaroos on Making Music with Buck Owens, 2013

    Four members of Buck Owens's band, the Buckaroos, join Owens's son Buddy Alan Owens and Owens biographer Randy Poe to reminisce about their role in the country legend's career at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum during this 2013 program.

    Moderator Scott B. Bomar opens the event by intro...

  • 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...

  • Eric Andersen • Songs and Interview, 2015

    One of the prominent figures to rise from the Greenwich Village contemporary folk scene in the 1960s, Eric Andersen performs and discusses his career here, in a program hosted by steel guitarist Pete Finney, co-curator of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s exhibition “Dylan, Cash, and th...

  • The Life of Keith Whitley • Discussion and Performance, 2019

    In a loving and revealing ninety-minute program, family members and business associates of the late Keith Whitley discuss his special talent, his charismatic but troubled personality, his rise to fame, and his untimely death.

    Whitley’s widow, country star Lorrie Morgan, joins former RCA Records...

  • Blake Shelton • Songs and Interview, 2016

    Multimedia star Blake Shelton, in a career-spanning interview with the Museum’s Michael McCall, tracks his evolution from a mullet-sporting country music hopeful from Ada, Oklahoma, to one of the genre’s most widely recognized stars.

    The award-winning recording artist details the years leading u...

  • The Kin of Loretta Lynn • Discussion and Performance, 2017

    To reflect on Loretta Lynn’s career as only family can, three generations of Webb and Lynn relatives join during this program to discuss the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s career and recall private family stories, all told with love and lots of laughter. Lynn’s younger sisters Crystal Gayle ...

  • Producer Garth Fundis • Interview, 2015

    In a 2015 Music Masters program hosted by the Museum’s Michael McCall, producer Garth Fundis traces his journey from a promising teen brass player and choir vocalist in Baldwin City, Kansas, to stints with rock bands from Kansas and Nebraska, then to Memphis, where he began to focus on working in...

  • Mac Wiseman • Songs and Conversation, 2015

    During this conversation and performance with Mac Wiseman—recorded when Wiseman was ninety, three years and five months prior to his 2019 death—the Country Music Hall of Fame and Bluegrass Hall of Fame member talks with the Museum’s Peter Cooper about a remarkable life in music.

    Raised in povert...

  • Producer Dave Cobb • Interview, 2017

    Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb has invigorated country and Americana music with his work on acclaimed albums by Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and many more. This conversation with the Museum’s Peter Cooper focuses on Cobb’s unlikely rise from a Georgia childhood that was hea...

  • Charley Pride, John Prine, Crystal Gayle, Shawn Camp Honor Cowboy Jack Clement

    In 2019, the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation acquired Cowboy Jack Clement’s 1950s Gibson SJ-200 for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s permanent collection. During this ceremony, the Museum celebrates the acquisition with the help of Clement’s friends Charley Pride, John Pri...