Country Music Hall Of Fame Has New Exhibits In 2020.

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Mar 222020
Exhibitions 2020 | Bill Anderson, Chris Stapleton, Martina McBride, American Currents, Outlaws & Armadillos

Each year, the Museum opens new limited-engagement exhibitions to complement and expand on the storytelling of our core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music.

Our 2020 exhibition lineup includes another broad and impactful mix of musical talent, including Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson, Martina McBride, Chris Stapleton, and dozens of other artists whose latest achievements appear in our annually updated American Currents. The Museum’s major exhibition, Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s, will also remain through February 2021.

The Country Music Hall Of Fame is an institution that shines vibrantly over downtown Nashville, which currently lays damaged and brutally beaten by tornadoes and that national virus that is crippling not only America, but the world. Right now, directly after some personal medical issues I needed to address, I find my self at home pillaging through piles of shows and venues that are closed or out right destroyed.

The Bill Anderson exhibit particularly intrigues me as a music fan, because as a vinyl collector and music aficionado  his past album are some of my pride and joys. His early years on Decca such as the ” I Love You Drops” and ” Wild Weekend”  are some of the most iconic Country Music from ANY Legend that still exists.

Outlaw country legend Willie Nelson returns to Nashville in May, hosting two intimate CMA Theater shows as part of his Willie Nelson & Family Tour. The Country Music Hall of Fame member’s May 1 and 2 performances come during a year that brought his tenth GRAMMY win, and the release of a new album, First Rose of Spring. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 6, at 10:00 AM Central.

CMA Theater Pre-Sale: Thursday, March 5, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM Central.
General Public On-Sale: Friday, March 6, 10:00 AM Central.


Mar 13, 2020


Out of an abundance of caution, the museum, Hatch Show Print, Historic RCA Studio B and the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will close temporarily to the public beginning at close of business today.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – March 13, 2020 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum today announced that the museum, Hatch Show Print, Historic RCA Studio B and the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will close temporarily to the public starting at close of business today, Friday, March 13, 2020, through Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

“The health and safety of our guests and staff is our top priority,” said Kyle Young, CEO, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “While there have not been any confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) connected to the museum at this time, we must do all that we can to help ensure a safe and healthy environment for our visitors, employees and community, which at this time calls for us to close temporarily.”

All upcoming shows at the CMA Theater for the month of March are either postponed or canceled. Ticket holders will be notified of rescheduled dates, and refunds will be issued from the point of purchase for any canceled performances. Visit for information on individual shows.

The museum will continue to monitor and rely on the guidance from public health officials including Metro Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to inform any decisions moving forward.

The Museum’s 2020 exhibitions will feature Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson, Martina McBride and Chris Stapleton.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Dec. 4, 2019 – The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has set its 2020 roster of new exhibitions, aimed at entertaining and enlightening country music audiences and interpreting the ever-evolving story of the music and the people who make it.

The annual exhibition American Currents: State of the Music will return in 2020, to offer insight into the latest chapter of country’s ongoing evolution as a popular art form. In addition, the museum will devote separate exhibits to the lives and careers of Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson, award-winning powerhouse vocalist Martina McBride and acclaimed artist Chris Stapleton.

“Each of these artists achieved country music stardom in a different era, and each has a compelling story to tell about early exposure to music, about the decision to pursue music as a career and about the struggle to overcome the challenges created by such a decision,” said Museum CEO Kyle Young.

“In 2020, we will offer our visitors insight into the life of a Country Music Hall of Fame member who has been writing hits for more than 60 years; a magnificent singer who owns four CMA Female Vocalist of the Year awards; and a singer-songwriter who made his way from small clubs to sold-out arenas and four CMA Male Vocalist of the Year awards.”

Now an annual offering, American Currents: State of the Music will open March 6, 2020. The exhibition represents the ongoing research, analysis, vigorous debate, and yes, even argument, among curators and museum staff to determine the most important developments in country music over the previous year.

The Chris Stapleton exhibition will open June 26, 2020. Before he achieved solo success with the 2015 release of triple-platinum album Traveller and the hits “Tennessee Whiskey” and “Parachute,” Stapleton proved his musical mettle as a songwriter, with more than 150 songs recorded by a diverse roster of artists including Adele, Luke Bryan, Alison Krauss and George Strait. This exhibit will explore Stapleton’s personal and musical influences and his climb to stardom, including his time in the SteelDrivers.

“I’m proud to get to share pieces of our musical journey at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum,” said Stapleton.

An exhibit exploring Martina McBride’s legacy opens Aug. 21, 2020For more than 25 years, McBride – known for hits including “Independence Day” and “A Broken Wing” – has ranked as one of country music’s most powerful voices. The Kansas native released her major label debut in 1992, and had her first Top Ten single in 1993 with “My Baby Loves Me.” Inspired by forerunners such as Linda Ronstadt and Country Music Hall of Fame members Reba McEntire and Connie Smith, McBride brought a powerful voice and style that set her apart from her peers. In 2019, the Academy of Country Music presented her with the Cliffie Stone Icon Award for her contributions to country music.

“Having an exhibit in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is something I’ve had on my dream list for a long, long time,” said McBride. “Being able to share moments and mementos from my life and career with my fans and country music fans from all over the world is both humbling and exciting. I’m so grateful to be a part of country music.”

On Nov. 20, 2020, the museum will open a special exhibition looking at the life of Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson. Known for his breathy, conversational vocal style, “Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson has logged 37 Top Ten hits as a recording artist. Anderson has earned more than 50 BMI awards for songwriting. His first success came in 1958, when he wrote “City Lights,” a #1 single for Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price. Anderson’s songs have been recorded by James Brown, Kenny Chesney, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dean Martin, and hundreds of others, among them Hall of Fame members the Louvin Brothers, Roger Miller, Jim Reeves, Connie Smith, George Strait, Porter Wagoner and Kitty Wells. In 2005, Anderson and Jon Randall Stewart wrote “Whiskey Lullaby,” recorded by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss. It was CMA Song of the Year, and in 2007, Anderson won the CMA and ACM Song of the Year awards for “Give It Away,” written with Buddy Cannon and Jamey Johnson and recorded by Strait. A Grand Ole Opry member since 1961, Anderson entered the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975, the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002 and the New York-based Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.

“I grew up dreaming of the day they’d put my ball glove into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, but realized many years ago that wasn’t going to happen. But now, knowing that my guitar and maybe a rhinestone suit or two will be put into an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, more than makes up for it. When our Hall does an exhibit, they really do it up right. I am thrilled to know that I am about to be a small part of their incredible legacy,” Anderson shared. The museum’s continuing exhibition Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ‘70s, looks at the relationship between Austin, Texas, and Nashville during the 1970s, an era of freewheeling cultural and artistic exchange that skirted the status quo and changed country music. The exhibition opened in May 2018 and continues through Feb. 14, 2021.

Local Shows And Festivals I know Have Cancelled Or Postponed In 2020.

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Mar 222020

Well as many of you already know, I had to take a month off and tend to some personal medical issues. I has to take a little time away from ALL forms of communication and heal right. I emerged a stronger individual  but was flummoxed at the amount of response to this virus.

This has and will terminate LIVE music and bands as we know it, and here is a brief list of festivals I KNOW have been cancelled or rescheduled, and I’ll be adding to this list as I am aware of the cancellations, or any that are postponed.

MANY FESTIVALS are asking for donations to keep them rolling, and to recover from costs of failing to commence upon schedule. SO MANY nationwide festivals have been affected by this nationwide tragedy, and as a result ANY donate links I find for that particular festival I’ll link them ALL on here after YOUR favorite festival is listed.

Merlefest – April 23-26th – Cancelled. DONATE HERE.

Charm City Bluegrass Festival – April 24th and 25th – Postponed. DONATE HERE.

Old Settler’s Music Festival -April 16 – 19th – Postponed to an unannounced Later Date.

Moonrunners – May 1 and 2nd – Postponed to August 8th and 9th.

Viva Las Vegas – April 1 – 4th – Cancelled Rescheduled to April 1-4th 2021

Larry Joe Taylor Festival – April 20 – 25th – Postponed to October 19th – 24th.

Lucero And Ian Noe – Ryman Auditorium – April 4th – Postponed to July 3rd.

Riverbend Festival 2020 – May – Postponed to an Unannounced Later Date.

Freshgrass Bentonville – April 24th and 25th – Cancelled.

Backwoods At Mulberry Mountain – June 4 – 7th – Cancelled.

Suwannee Spring Reunion – March – Cancelled.

Shaky Boots Music Festival – July – Cancelled.

American Music Festival – April 24th – Postpone

The Caverns:

The following shows have been rescheduled or cancelled:

March 21, 2020 – Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

  • Status: rescheduled
  • New Date: July 10, 2020

March 27, 28 & 29, 2020 – Bluegrass Underground PBS TV Tapings

  • Status: rescheduled
  • New Dates: November 20, 21 & 22, 2020

April 4, 2020 – Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ with The Silks

  • Status: rescheduled
  • New Date: August 30, 2020

April 10, 2020 – Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers

  • Status: rescheduled
  • New Date: June 28, 2020

April 11, 2020 – Dark Star Orchestra

  • Status: rescheduled
  • New Date: June 25, 2020

April 18, 2020 – Jade Cicada

  • Status: rescheduled
  • New Date: August 1, 2020

April 22, 2020 – Puss N Boots

  • Status: cancelled

April 25, 2020 – The Floozies with Sunsquabi & Nobide

  • Status: rescheduled
  • New date: July 11, 2020

May 2, 2020 – The Polish Ambassador & Friends feat. Nitty Scott with saQi

  • Status: cancelled

May 16, 2020 – Gloria Gaynor / Mike Farris & The Fortunate Few

  • Status: cancelled

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Calf Fry Festival – April 29th – May 2nd – Postponed To An Unannounced Later Date.

This Is Red Dirt And Barbecue Festival – Rescheduled For October 11th.

Bluegrass Island Festival – May – Cancelled Will Be In may 2021.

Outlaws And Legends – March – Cancelled Will Be In March 2021.

Chilifest – May – Cancelled Will Be In May 2021.

Trapper Creek Bluegrass Festival – May – Cancelled Will Be In 2021.

Back 40 Social Festival – May – Rescheduled For October 10th

John Hartford Memorial Festival – May – Rescheduled To September 30th to Oct 3rd.

Mountain Music Festival – March – Postponed To June 3rd – 5th.

Nelsonville Music Festival – June – Canceled Will Be In 2021.

Red River Music Festival – April – Postponed To October 3rd.

Rooster Walk – May – Cancelled Will Return In 2021.

Durango Bluegrass Meltdown – April 17th – 19th – Cancelled Will Return In 2021.

Riverbend Festival – April – Cancelled Will Return In 2021.

The Western – June 12th and 13th – Cancelled Will Return In 2021.

The Blue Ox – June 11th – 13th – Rescheduled For August 27th – 29th.

Born & raised Festival – June 5 -6 -7 Cancelled Will Return In 2021.

The Red Ants Pants – July 23rd – 26th – Cancelled Will Return July 22-25th 2021

Pagosa Folk And Bluegrass Festival – June 5 – 7th – Cancelled Will Return In 2021

Bluegrass in The Bottoms – May 28th and 29th – Cancelled Will Return In 2021

Lockn’ Fest – 1 – 4th 2020

Forecastle Festival – July 17th – 19th – Cancelled Will Return In 2021

Oystergrass – July 26th – 28th – Cancelled Will Return In 2021

Palisade Bluegrass Festival – June 15th and 16th

The Northwest String Summit – July 16th – 19th

Red Wing Roots Music Festival – July 10, 11th and 12th