December 14, 2011
Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has scored an early holiday gift in the form of a $10-million pledge from the Country Music Assn. that will go toward the museum's ambitious $75-million expansion campaign, officials announced Tuesday. It is the largest single gift in the nonprofit museum's history. The Hall of Fame is in the midst of efforts to more than double its size from the current 140,000-square-foot building to what is planned as a 350,000-square-foot facility that will include an 800-seat performance space that will be called the CMA Theater.
September 15, 2011 |
After Zac Brown chose to sing "Martin," a love song to his guitar, everyone on stage with him Tuesday night at Club Nokia for this year's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum benefit concert quickly fell in line and served up songs inspired by their own instruments. No surprise there: All musicians have a story about their first instrument. At this annual round-robin "guitar pull" session, rooted in a Nashville living-room music tradition widely credited to Johnny Cash and June Carter, the symbiotic connection between musicians and their tools is a fundamental one. That relationship is more palpable than ever since last year's flooding ravaged the country music capital and damaged or destroyed an untold number of instruments precious to those who not only earn a living with them, but who use them to express their deepest feelings.
May 3, 2005
Hall of Fame: The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has two new inductees: singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson and former industry executive Jim Foglesong.
May 13, 2001
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, a Nashville, Tenn., institution since the 1960s, moves to a fancy $37-million home Thursday. Spanning a downtown city block, the new building is more than twice as big as the old one several miles away, allowing the museum to display more of its million-item collection. It also offers daily live performances, interactive stations with video and music, thousands of archival objects, a 25-minute film, a restaurant and the hall of fame.
March 15, 1988 |
The Johnny Cash exhibit debuts this month at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, an elaborate biographical salute to the country music legend that will remain on display through 1990.
August 13, 2009 |
The late Texas songwriter Cindy Walker has left an unusual and generous gift to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: her catalog of about 500 songs, many of them pop and country classics. The hall said Wednesday that Walker bequeathed her share of the songs, including future royalties, after her death in 2006. The songs have since earned the institution more than $500,000 in royalties. Walker's catalog is one of the most celebrated in popular music. Bing Crosby, Roy Orbison, Ray Charles, Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Eddy Arnold, Willie Nelson and many more recorded Walker's songs.