Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson and Jason Mraz performed for a packed house during the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s All For The Hall fundraising concert in Los Angeles. Each artist performed acoustically, showcasing their voices and sharing personal stories that ranged from heartfelt to amusing.
“This is such a big thrill for us,” Ann Wilson said. “To come up here and sing with these incredible folks, I’m just a little breathless because of it.”
Vince Gill served as the night’s host. The concert was designed as a guitar pull, a casual setting where performers take turns playing their songs while the other artists either sit and enjoy or join in. The show didn’t feature a set list, with each artist deciding what they were going to play in the moment.
“Thank you for joining us for a night that we know will be full of fun, fellowship and music,” Kyle Young, director of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, said. “The guitar is passed from one songwriter to the next, there’s no set list and there are no restrictions. The hallmarks of a good guitar pull are spontaneity, camaraderie and high spirits. That’s a long-winded way of saying we don’t have a clue what’s going to happen tonight.”
The proceeds of the concert go to carrying on the preservation of the museum’s unduplicated collection. The All For The Hall concert series, an idea developed by Vince, began in New York in 2007 and returned in 2008. It then moved to Los Angeles for three consecutive years before turning to New York in 2013. Vince started the show with a rendition of Buck Owens’ “Together Again” with Emmylou on harmony.
“It’s a testament to what a great song is supposed to do—it’s supposed to be timeless and last forever,” Vince said. “I believe the West Coast sound was one of the greatest eras in country music.”
Emmylou followed his opening performance with “Home Sweet Home.” Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart opened with their classic, “Dog & Butterfly,” and Jason Mraz closed what would be the first of three turns through the lineup with “Frank D. Fixer.”
The night also included surprise guests at the end of each round. Rita Wilson appeared at the end of the first round to performer her not-yet-recorded song “You’re Still Gone.” Holly Williams and Cam Ochs also performed as special guests. At night’s end, the audience showed their appreciation for the performers with a standing ovation.
For more information on the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org.