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Why You Should Visit the Newly Expanded Country Music Hall of Fame


The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum celebrated a major milestone this week as it unveiled its 210,000-square-foot expansion, more than doubling the size of its iconic home in downtown Nashville.

The grand opening ceremony, made possible with support from Ford Motor Company and the Middle Tennessee Ford Dealers, took place in the museum’s Event Hall overlooking the Nashville skyline. Roof-raising performances by Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill, the McCrary Sisters, Ricky Skaggs, the Valentines and Lee Ann Womack, accompanied by the Grand Opening All-Star Band, under the direction of Buddy Miller, served as soul-stirring reminders of the diverse musical family the museum exists to exalt, while Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Museum Director Kyle Young and museum board Chairman Steve Turner each delivered inspiring commemorative remarks. The event drew hundreds of today’s music industry, government and community leaders, as well as original, longtime museum visionaries such as Country Music Hall of Fame member and board Chairman Emeritus Bud Wendell and enthusiastic members of the general public.

The celebration marked the final phase of the museum’s expansion—10,000 square feet of new gallery space—joining recently opened additions including the 800-seat CMA Theater, the Taylor Swift Education Center, a new home for the legendary and thriving letterpress operation Hatch Show Print and the Event Hall. The expansion also includes much-needed archival and library storage, allowing for even more robust cultivation of the museum’s treasured collection.

One of the Country Music Hall of Fame’s new exhibits lets you sing a song in a mini recording studio. Take a look at Big D & Bubba’s Executive Producer Patrick singing along to Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”   Seriously, watch it…it will make your day!

Lee Ann Womack to Return with New Album This Year

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Lee Ann Womack will release a new studio album this September, with the first single slated for a summer release.

The multiple CMA Award-winner enlisted her husband, Frank Liddell, to produce the project. He’s the man behind Miranda Lambert and David Nail‘s latest projects.

Lee Ann’s new album is rooted in her and Frank’s mutual passion for country music. Le Ann tells ABC Radio,

“When we started this record, Frank and I promised each other we would only cut songs that we absolutely loved for no reason other than we loved them very much. No other factors, and I think that freedom really inspired us.”


Country Music Hall Of Fame Plans Ceremony For Expansion Opening

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Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Lee Ann Womack and Buddy Miller will help the Country Music Hall of Fame celebrate the opening of its expansion. They will perform at a grand reopening ceremony on April 15 that’s open to the public. The museum will open 10,000 square feet of new exhibit space that will include a hands-on interactive display about current country music and a window on museum staff working on actual archival projects.

“This expansion is a major milestone for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum,” says Kyle Young, Museum Director. “It also embodies the exciting momentum shaping Nashville today, especially downtown. All of us at the museum are so proud to help lead the current growth that is defining one of the country’s most culturally significant regions.”

The debuting exhibits comprise the joint ACM Gallery and Fred and Dinah Gretsch Family Gallery, featuring an interactive, hands-on immersion into the country music of today, and the Design Gallery: A Window into the Collection, which allows a behind-the-scenes view of museum staff hard at work on actual archival projects.

Bob Kingsley Honored at Grand Ole Opry with Big Surprise Guests


Country Radio Hall of Famer Bob Kingsley was honored last night (2/17) for his 40 years in national radio syndication as part of American Country Countdown (1974-2006) and as host and owner of Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 (2006-present), distributed by WestwoodOne. The surprise event, benefiting the Opry Trust Fund, included performances, appearances and taped messages by a mix of industry legends, today’s hit-makers and Nashville’s most influential singer-songwriters. A 50-year veteran of the radio and music industries, Kingsley walked into the Grand Ole Opry House believing he was there to pay tribute to the Grand Ole Opry’s 89th birthday, when in reality, the evening was all conceived to honor him.

“I could not have been more surprised,” said a visibly moved Kingsley, “and I could not feel more honored. I have made a career of country music radio because I love it, and to have my friends in the business, from artists and songwriters to industry executives, tell me my work has made a difference–well it means the world to me. And to have the people I work with day in and day out here to celebrate with me makes it all the more special.”

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Nearly 50 artists participated in the evening including 25-plus taped video messages along with in person appearances or performances by Rhett Akins and Thomas Rhett, Alabama, Lynn Anderson, Garth Brooks, Eli Young Band, Radney Foster, Janie Fricke, Jack Ingram, Jewel, Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Will Robinson, Tom Schuyler, Red Steagall, Jeffrey Steele, Tanya Tucker, Steve Wariner, Lee Ann Womack, Wynonna, Trisha Yearwood and Chris Young. Many of the artists who paid tribute commented not only on their professional relationships with Bob but also on their personal friendships. Bob’s dedication and commitment to bringing their music to the fans, while offering insights into their creative processes and personal lives, have made him the most listened-to voice in country radio history.

“What a pleasure to host so many friends on the Opry House stage tonight as we all came together to celebrate one of country radio’s most beloved voices, leaders, and gentlemen,” said Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry vice president and general manager. “All of us at the Opry are particularly honored that, just as Bob has made a point to do throughout his career, tonight’s event also gave back to a worthy cause, the Opry Trust Fund. For nearly 50 years the Trust Fund has assisted members of the country music community in need, and I can’t think of a better way to honor Bob’s contributions to the country community than to continue that legacy of helping others in his name.”

2014 marks 40 years since Bob Kingsley first became involved in counting down America’s biggest country hits every weekend. Bob was named American Country Countdown’s producer in 1974, and took over as host four years later. His long and successful run as host set the stage for modern-day syndication, and with the formation of KCCS Productions, he and his wife and partner Nan Kingsley established a highly successful business approach where they distributed and retained ownership of the content created for the show. Bob’s career entered new territory in 2006 with the launch of Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40, a show KCCS solely owned and distributed, partnering with Dial Global, now WestwoodOne, for national ad sales. Bob’s wins as the CMA’s National Broadcast Personality of the Year awards in 2001 and 2003 and his 2006 Academy of Country Music Award for On-Air Personality-National showed his impressive staying power, bookending 40 years of industry honors that began with 1966 and 1967 trophies as the ACM’s Radio Personality of the Year, during his tenure on-air at KGBS in Los Angeles. Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 can be heard currently on more than 350 radio stations around the world.

A proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Bob has a passion for military-related and other charitable causes. Using his national platform to give back, Bob has been an ardent supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, and he hosts the annual National Cutting Horse Celebrity Cutting to benefit a variety of causes.

*Photos Courtesy of Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole Opry

NASH FM’s “America’s Morning Show” Launch Party



New York City, the greatest city in the world –so great in fact, one might wonder what could possibly make it any better. If you’re a true New Yorker, you know this great city has been lacking something for the last 17 years –a country music radio station! Yes, New Yorkers love their country music, despite their city slicker, rough around the edges, appearance. Thanks to NASH FM 94.7, New Yorkers can once again break out their cowboy boots, old cutoffs, and rowdy attitudes.

To show how excited they are to bring country music back to the Big Apple, Nash FM recently celebrated their new morning show, “America’s Morning Show,” with a launch party in midtown. On July 18th, The Cutting Room hosted the event for the NASH FM team.

Blair Garner, host of “America’s Morning Show,” reflects on what it’s like to bring country back to New York after such a long absence.

“I would say it’s an extreme sense of pride,” said Garner. “The fact that we are the ones that get to wave the flag for country in New York City, it’s an honor, and to get to do it with your friends, that’s the thing that’s really the keeper.”

Garner’s co-hosts include Terri Clark, Robin Meade, Sunny Sweeney, Chuck Wicks, and Lee Ann Womack. Garner had been friends with each of his co-hosts for many years, but none of them really knew each other. However, Garner knew this group would instantly bond before ever introducing them to one another.

“The first day Terri Clark sat down next to Sunny Sweeney, they decided they were sisters from another mother and it very quickly became apparent that Chuck Wicks is basically the little brother that kind of keeps needling everybody along the way,” said Garner. “We’ve all kind of fallen into our respective roles, and that’s been the biggest reward for me, is seeing that dream come to fruition.”

Aside from becoming an instant family, what makes this group particularly unique is that they are also, with the exception of Garner, all singer-songwriters. No need to hire talent for their launch party, they were the talent!

Garner hosted the evening while his colleagues provided the entertainment. Meade, Wicks, Sweeney, and Clark each took turns singing.

Meade sang songs from her recently released sophomore album, “Count on Me,” including “Here for You” and “Get Up.” Wicks also gave fans a taste of his latest material. He sang his current single, “Salt Life,” off of his newly released EP, “Rough.” Other songs from his performance included “All I Ever Wanted,” and “I Don’t Do Lonely Well,” a song Wicks wrote that can be found on Jason Aldean’s album, “Night Train.”

Sweeney and Clark rounded out the performance. Sweeney sang, “From a Table Away,” “Kiss My Ass,” and “Drink Myself Single.” Clark sang, “I Just Want to Be Mad,” “Better Things to Do,” and fan favorite, “Girls Lie Too.”

Having radio personalities double as the performers country fans love to go out and see on the road, is something truly unique about “America’s Morning Show.”

“What’s really cool about this show is that is does something that no other program can, and that is on weekends, my co-hosts are the ones that are out touring, and they are there in the flesh meeting our country core line group face-to-face, hand-to-hand, day after day, night after night and to bring these stories on the road, or to the people who listen in New York, there’s no other program that can afford their listeners that opportunity,” said Garner.

Sit in a room for five minutes with Garner, Clark, Meade, Sweeney, and Wicks, and you will see just how great a team NASH FM has nabbed themselves. Throughout their launch party, the gang joked with each other, told the crowd stories, and really gave their fans a look into what their mornings are really like each and every day.

“None of us are afraid to be who we are,” said Garner. “None of us are afraid to let those barriers down, and to be self-deprecating, but also to talk about what really matters to us. When we did that [launch] party the other night, I can’t tell you how many people came up to me and talked to me about my kids and that meant the world to me.”

It’s evident by the way Garner speaks about his fans how much they mean to him and to the rest of his co-hosts. Garner feels passionately about connecting with his listeners and the fans of country music. No need to doubt who is responding if you ask Garner a question on Twitter.

“Literally I’ve got on my phone 186 direct messages right now through Twitter and each and every one of those will be answered by me, not some other person because we have that trust,” said Garner. “They believe that I’m there for them, and by golly, I am going to be there for them.”

So what’s in store for “America’s Morning Show?” The hosts and their team are currently in the process of building a studio where they will have an in-studio audience. The location is yet to be announced, but according to Garner, the announcement will be coming soon.

If one thing is for certain, it is that New Yorkers will be lining up out the door and down a city block for a chance to take part in a studio audience with NASH FM’s morning show. After all, New Yorkers love their country music, and never want to see it leave their city again!  Listen on line at:

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