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Apr 26

Patsy Cline Exhibit at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to Close June 9

Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline.

Fans have a few more weeks to see Patsy Cline’s stage costumes, handwritten letters, artifacts from the plane crash that claimed her life and more before the exhibit Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You closes on June 9. In honor of the exhibit’s final weeks, the Museum is offering a series of Patsy-related film screenings and a special concert featuring Jan Howard, Kristen Kelly, Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis on May 11.

The May 11 concert, ‘Always: Singing the Legacy of Patsy Cline,’ will feature Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, Jan Howard and Kristen Kelly performing their favorite Patsy Cline songs as well as music from their own catalogs. Brenda Lee will serve as host for the event which will screen live at Continue Reading


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Mar 28

Gordon Stoker of The Jordanaires Dies at 88

Gordon Stoker

Photo courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

Gordon Stoker, tenor singer for vocal group The Jordanaires, passed away March 27 at his home in Brentwood, Tennessee, reports the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. He was 88.

Born August 3, 1924 in Gleason, Tennessee, Gordon grew up in a musical family and by eight was playing piano in church. He was soon playing at singing conventions in Western Tennessee and Kentucky. At one of the conventions, he caught the attention of John Daniel of the professional John Daniel Quartet who invited him to become the quartet’s first pianist when he finished high school.

Before joining John Daniel’s group, Gordon performed on radio in Jackson, Tennessee as a member of the Clement Trio and backed a gospel quartet who performed on a radio station out of Paducah, Kentucky. After graduating high school at age 15, he moved to Nashville to join the Daniel Quartet and began performing on radio station WSM. Continue Reading


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Sep 7

Country Music Hall of Fame to Honor Singer Millie Kirkham

Millie Kirkham

Millie Kirkham photo courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will resume their quarterly program series, Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians, with a salute to singer Millie Kirkham on September 29. The in-depth interview will take place at 1:30 p.m. and is included with museum admission. It will also be streamed live at

Hosted by Bill Lloyd, the interview will include vintage recordings, photos and film clips from the museum’s Frist Library and Archive. Immediately afterward, Millie will sign limited edition, commemorative Hatch Show Print posters. Seating for the event is limited and program passes are required for entry.

A harmony singer, Millie’s high soprano vocals can be heard on many classic songs such as Eddy Arnold’s “What’s He Doing in My World,” Ferlin Husky’s “Gone,” George Jones’s “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” Roy Orbison’s “It’s Over” and many Elvis Presley recordings. Continue Reading


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Feb 22

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum to Open Bakersfield Sound Exhibit

HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 5: Musician/actor Dwight Yoakam (L) and country western music legend Buck Owens attend a ceremony honoring Yoakam with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame June 5, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s latest exhibit will tell the stories of the stars, sidemen and songwriters who created a whole new sound in country music in mid-20th century America. The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country, will open March 23 and run through December 31, 2013.

Narrated by Dwight Yoakam, the exhibit will explore the roots, heyday, and impact of the Bakersfield Sound. The loud and stripped-down radio-ready music is most closely identified by the work of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. The exhibit will include more than 100 artifacts and a generous amount of audiovisual material.

“We are incredibly excited to explore the Bakersfield Sound story,” Museum Director Kyle Young said. “It’s an epic tale, born in the Great Depression, set two thousand miles from country music’s epicenter, and populated by a remarkably talented and tight-knit community of musicians who came together to invigorate and reinvent country music as they knew it. These colorful artists infused their work with an aural intensity and independent spirit, in the process creating a sound that reverberates through country music to this day.”

The Bakersfield Sound began during the Great Depression when Bakersfield’s cotton farms and oil fields attracted a mass migration of Dust Bowl refugees from Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. Buck Owens moved with his sharecropping parents first to Arizona and then to Bakersfield in 1951. Merle Haggard’s family, driven from their east Oklahoma farm, lived in an old converted railroad boxcar when Merle was born in a Bakersfield hospital on April 6, 1937.

The exhibit will explore Bakersfield’s club scene in the 1940s and 1950s when the city’s plethora of dance halls and honky tonks provided a refuge for the overworked. It will also spotlight Bill Woods, known as ‘The Father of the Bakersfield Sound,’ as well as “Cousin” Herb Henson, Ferlin Husky, Billy Mize, Fuzzy Owen, Bonnie Owens, Jelly Sanders, Jean Shepard, Red Simpson and Lewis Talley.

One of the recurring themes of the exhibit is the connection between the artists making music during the time period, epitomized by the careers of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. As they became stars in the 1960s, their careers and personal lives were woven together with not only each other but virtually all other major figures on the Bakersfield scene. They scored nearly 60 No. 1 hits between them and created a body of work that continues to influence artists today.The exhibit will also focus on the Bakersfield music business and the importance of Capitol Records and producer Ken Nelson. Continue Reading


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Mar 17

Hall of Famer Ferlin Husky Dies at 85

Ferlin Husky, fourth from left, at his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame last year. Photo courtesy of CMA.

Country Music Hall of Famer Ferlin Husky has passed away at his daughter’s home, reports The Tennessean. He was 85 and suffered from congestive heart failure. Ferlin was known as a pioneer of the pop-leaning Nashville Sound Era. His classic singles “Gone” and “Wings Of A Dove” both topped country charts for 10 weeks and were also Top 20 pop hits, marking some of the first country-pop crossover hits. He also starred in movies and entertained with his comedic alter ego, “Simon Crum.”

Born on a farm in Cantwell, Mo., on December 3, 1925, Ferlin dreamed of being a music star from a young age. He spent five years in the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II and then worked at a Missouri radio station before moving to California to pursue his music aspirations. In Bakersfield, he worked as a disc jockey and sang in clubs, releasing his first songs in 1950 under the name Terry Preston. Continue Reading


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Mar 8

Hall of Famer Ferlin Husky Hospitalized

Ferlin Husky, fourth from left, at his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame last year. Photo courtesy of CMA.

Country Music Hall of Fame member Ferlin Husky has been admitted to the critical cardiac care unit at the Hendersonville Medical Center in Hendersonville, Tenn. Ferlin has been hospitalized before for heart and respiratory problems. Continue Reading


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Dec 22

2010 Rewind: No. 10 — Loretta Lynn’s 50th Leads Legends

Loretta Lynn photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

It was quite a year for the Coal Miner’s Daughter — 2010 marked the 50th anniversary of Loretta Lynn’s emergence as a national star, and she was honored in a slew of ways, including parties, awards and a tribute album by some of today’s top artists.

Loretta was joined by several other legends as 2010 honorees, including Merle Haggard, Jimmy Dean and now Dolly Parton. The recognition paid to the genre’s pioneering acts represents the No. 10 entry in our countdown of country music’s dozen top stories of the year.

Loretta’s first single, “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl,” came out in 1960, and it seemed like every few months during 2010, the music business found some way to pay homage to her impact. Early in the year, she was accorded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, though she was unable to attend the Los Angeles ceremony. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” was added to the National Recording Registry, she was saluted with an anniversary party at her Tennessee home, she was celebrated with a Reba McEntire-hosted Recording Academy Salute at the Ryman Auditorium, and a bunch of her classics were remade in the album Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn.

That latter project brought Loretta the opportunity to sing the title track with Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow on the Country Music Association Awards. The album also features Lee Ann Womack, Kid Rock, the White Stripes, Alan Jackson and Carrie Underwood, among others. Loretta hand-picked all of the contributors — appropriate, because she’s not one of those veteran stars who dislikes newer versions of country music.

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Nov 10

You Say You Want a Revolution: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton Own CMAs

Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton on the Black Carpet at the 44th Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 10, 2010 in Nashville. Photo by Brian Kaplan Photography.

In a night that was short on surprises, Blake Shelton had one big moment that injected a shocking new name into the proceedings at the 44th annual Country Music Association Awards and helped keep some parity in his future family.

As expected, Blake’s fiancee, Miranda Lambert, won Album of the Year from the CMA for Revolution, and she added to her first-time haul by picking up Female Vocalist and the Music Video trophy, for “The House That Built Me.”

Not surprisingly, Blake’s “Hillbilly Bone,” a collaboration with Trace Adkins, also swiped the Musical Event of the Year. But when Blake took Male Vocalist of the Year in the show’s final hour — well, who the heck saw that coming?

Certainly not Blake, who stood in a surreal state of disbelief before he stomped up the steps at the Bridgestone Arena to claim his prize.

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Jun 10

Chuck Wicks, Chris Young Help GAC Kick Off CMA Festival

l-r: Love And Theft, GAC's Storme Warren, Chuck Wicks, Joey + Rory and Chris Young at the GAC Breakfast during the CMA Music Festival, June 9, 2010. Photo by Kay Williams.

l-r: Love And Theft, GAC's Storme Warren, Chuck Wicks, Joey + Rory and Chris Young at the GAC Breakfast during the CMA Music Festival, June 9, 2010. Photo by Kay Williams.

“I feel like an old man.”

A limping Chuck Wicks laughed off an injury Wednesday morning as he took a stage in the lobby of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to sing four songs and welcome a contingent of fans to Nashville. Chuck, Chris Young, Joey + Rory and Love and Theft took part in the third annual GAC Fan Breakfast, an adjunct event to the CMA Music Festival, which officially began with a parade just a few hours later.

It wasn’t Chuck’s first public moment of the week. He took part Monday in the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge, joining Joe Nichols, David Nail, Vince Gill and others on the “After Midnite With Blair Garner” team, which defeated the Grand Ole Opry squad 15-10. Chuck unfortunately got a raspberry chasing a ball, and the wound still stung Wednesday a.m., explaining his hobbling entrance at the Hall of Fame.

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May 28

Hank Williams, Chet Atkins, Willie Nelson: Hall of Famers Get More Honors

Country Music Hall of Fame member Chet Atkins.

Country Music Hall of Fame member Chet Atkins.

When Ferlin Husky and producer Billy Sherrill were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, CMA Chairman Steve Moore called Hall membership “the highest honor in country music.” But the rewards don’t stop coming just because you’ve reached the pinnacle.

In fact, several members of the Hall of Fame — including Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and Chet Atkins — continue to be remembered for their impact on American culture.

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