Special Programs

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  • 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...

  • Producer Jim Rooney, With Pat Alger and John Prine • A Conversation, 2016

    In conversation with the Museum’s Peter Cooper, producer Jim Rooney—among the architects of Americana music—talks about his life in music, from childhood days in Massachusetts to folkie days in Woodstock, New York, to Nashville days watching Cowboy Jack Clement waltz across a studio room with a g...

  • Lee Ann Womack • Songs and Interview, 2017

    In conversation with the Museum’s Peter Cooper, Lee Ann Womack talks about her album “The Lonely, the Lonesome, and the Gone” (recorded at Houston’s legendary SugarHill studios, where Lightnin’ Hopkins, George Jones, Willie Nelson, and many others recorded), and about songwriting, her East Texas ...

  • 'The Kingston Springs Suite' • Panel Discussion, 2016

    This 2016 program finds Jim Casey—a songwriter whose works have been recorded by Charley Pride, Bobby Bare, Waylon Jennings, Richie Havens, and others—recounting halcyon days when country stars flocked to Kingston Springs, Tennessee, and he and fellow laid-back country picker Vince Matthews align...

  • Remembering Elvis Presley: Songs Fit for a King, 2012

    During “Songs Fit for a King: Top Songwriters Remember Elvis,” Jerry Chesnut, Mac Davis, Dallas Frazier, and Billy Swan discuss and perform their original songs recorded by Country Music Hall of Fame member Elvis Presley.

    “Songs Fit for a King” is part of a series of 2012 programs honoring Presl...

  • Chet Atkins • Panel Discussion, Behind the Scenes at RCA

    Friends, colleagues, and admirers of the late Chet Atkins remember the guitarist and producer’s life and work here, during a 2012 panel discussion at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Not only one of the world’s most respected guitar players, Atkins also ran RCA Victor’s Nashville divis...

  • 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...

  • Remembering Carl Perkins • ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ at Sixty

    Carl Perkins wrote and recorded “Blue Suede Shoes” in late 1955, and the following year, it was a million seller for Sam Phillips’s Sun Records. Here, Perkins’s son Stan Perkins, singer Naomi Judd, Perkins’s biographer David McGee, and author Peter Guralnick discuss Perkins’s life and “Blue Suede...

  • Charlie Daniels • Songs and Interview, 2016

    On October 29, 2016, the day after Charlie Daniels’s eightieth birthday and two weeks after his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, he sat down for an in-depth interview in front of a full house in the Museum’s CMA Theater. With characteristic candor, the singer, songwriter, guitarist,...

  • Del McCoury Band, Amythyst Kiah Celebrate Dorothea Lange’s Photography, 2019

    Grammy-winning bluegrass group the Del McCoury Band and Americana singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah perform songs inspired by Dorothea Lange’s photography during a 2019 concert at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Kiah, of the supergroup Our Native Daughters, performs a carefully selected...

  • Del McCoury Band Plays 'Del and Woody' • Concert, 2016

    The Del McCoury Band performs songs from the 2016 album “Del and Woody”—built on original lyrics by Woody Guthrie, and melodies by McCoury—during a 2016 concert at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, presented during the Americana Music Association’s AmericanaFest conference.

    During the c...

  • John Prine • 'Beyond Words' Book Talk, 2017

    John Prine performs and talks about his 2017 songbook, “Beyond Words,” during this intimate interview at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    For “Beyond Words,” Prine collected of some of his favorite songs, stories, and photographs, and during this book talk around its release, he delves...

  • CMT Next Women of Country 2019 • Concert and Conversation

    Members of CMT’s Next Women of Country—Hannah Ellis, Lainey Wilson, Mickey Guyton, Caylee Hammack, and Rachel Wammack—gather at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on June 7, 2019, to share stories and songs. CMT senior vice president of music strategy Leslie Fram hosts.

    Hannah Ellis talks...

  • Gregg Allman’s ‘Southern Blood’ • Panel and Performance, 2017

    Gregg Allman’s final studio album, “Southern Blood,” was released months after the singer, songwriter, and Allman Brothers Band founder’s death in late May of 2017. Here, around the album’s September release, fellow musicians and collaborators gather at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum t...

  • Merle Haggard and the Strangers Interview • The Bakersfield Sound

    Merle Haggard joins Norm Hamlet and Don Markham, longtime members of Haggard’s band the Strangers, for a 2012 program at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum dubbed "My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers: A Conversation with Norm Hamlet, Don Markham, and Fuzzy Owen."

    The program also features 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Luke Bryan Hits With Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson, Live

    During a 2015 Songwriter Round at the Museum, country hit-makers Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson perform songs they wrote for Luke Bryan, including “Play It Again,” “Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day,” “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” and “Country Girl Shake It For Me.”

    The songwriters di...

  • Marty Stuart • Interview With Scott Goldman, 2014

    Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer, historian, and five-time Grammy winner Marty Stuart sits down with Scott Goldman—vice president of the GRAMMY Foundation and the MusiCares Foundation—to discuss his life and career during the 2014 Americana Fest.

    Over the course of the nea...

  • ‘Groundbreaking Sounds Of Muscle Shoals’ • Reunion and Panel Discussion

    Producers, songwriters, engineers, and musicians who played a key part in “The Groundbreaking Sounds Of Muscle Shoals” gathered at the Museum in 2011, exploring the fertile creativity and hit songs coming out of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in the 1960s and early seventies. Panelists include David Bri...