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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is Ready to Deck the Hall for the Holidays

Deck the Hall

The holiday season is just around the corner, and it’s time to Deck the Hall at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. The museum will be packed with a month of seasonal activities in December that blend music, art, education and even Santa Claus, offering fun for the entire family.

Festivities officially kick off on Friday, Nov. 27, when a special guest lights the thirty-foot-tall Christmas tree in the museum’s Mike Curb Conservatory. This is the first tree lighting of the season in Nashville. The tree lighting will be followed with a brief performance by a special guest to be announced soon.

New this year, the museum will offer more music and cheer than ever before with four concerts in the CMA Theater. Every Wednesday in December will feature a festive performance beginning with Ricky Skaggs and The Whites on Dec. 2. The evening will include some of their children and grandchildren performing holiday favorites, making it a true family Christmas. Tickets start at $32.50.

On Dec. 9 “Little Miss Dynamite,” Brenda Lee, will light up the CMA Theater in her first-ever Nashville show.  Lee has never performed a full concert in the area and fans are sure to be “rockin’ around the Christmas tree” as she performs her hits, gospel favorites, Christmas selections and a tribute to the troops. Tickets start at $45.

 “I am so excited to ‘deck the hall’ with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as they open their doors to the Nashville community and celebrate the spirit of the season,” says Lee. “I can’t think of a better time of year to play my first ever Nashville show than during the holidays!”

The museum will present an evening with Lonestar on Dec. 16. The performance will feature all the group’s #1 hits, including “I’m Already There,” “No News” and “Amazed,” as well as holiday classics. Tickets start at $50.

Finally, on Dec. 23, newly inducted Country Music Hall of Fame Members, The Oak Ridge Boys, will take the CMA Theater stage to share their hits and Christmas favorites. Tickets start at $50.

Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, Oct. 30, at 10 a.m. CDT. There will also be a limited number of VIP packages available for each concert, which include premier seating, artists meet-and-greet, and a limited edition Hatch Show Print. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

Throughout the holiday season, the museum will offer many free-to-the-public activities. Santa Claus will be on hand for free photos with children of all ages on both Saturday and Sunday during Deck the Hall this year. Don’t miss Santa on Nov. 28-29, Dec. 5-6, Dec. 12-13 and Dec. 19-20. String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry, a puppet show partnership between the Nashville Public Library and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, returns to the museum for a two-day run, Nov. 27–28. Families can also enjoy cookie decorating on Sundays, Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20. Cookies—made from a Trisha Yearwood recipe—as well as icing and edible decorations, will be provided.

The museum once again hosts WSM-AM (650)’s Coffee, Country & Cody for a holiday concert Dec. 4. T. Graham Brown will perform, with more participants to be announced soon. Tickets are $6.50 and go on sale Nov. 9. Visit WSM online for more information.

Back by popular demand, the museum will present A Legendary Holiday at Historic RCA Studio B, which will include a tour of the studio and a holiday concert with guitarist Meagan Taylor, great-niece of Chet Atkins, pianist Jason Coleman, grandson of Floyd Cramer and Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy.  Dates are Dec. 18, 19 and 20. Seating is limited and tickets are $15. Tours depart from the museum at 4:00 p.m. and return at 6:00 p.m.

Admission to most holiday programs is free with museum admission and free to museum members. Individual membership starts at $45 and makes a great holiday gift. Perks of membership include unlimited free admission to the museum for one year; free access to over 250 programs; exclusive artist meet-and-greets; exciting members-only exhibition openings; and discounts at the Museum Store, Circa, Hatch Show Print Store, 2|22, and Bajo Sexto Taco.

The museum’s retail shops have items for every shopper’s budget this season. Visit the Hatch Show Print Store for a large selection of handmade prints, cards and branded merchandise or choose a one-of-a-kind framed monoprint from Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery. Circa and the Museum Store offerings include LPs and CDs, specialty books, Nashville-made gifts, food and home accessories, men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry and much more.

Additional details and a comprehensive list of all Deck the Hall activities can be found at Follow @countrymusichof on Twitter and join the conversation using #DeckTheHall.

Ricky Skaggs Joins Thompson Square for Surprise Grand Ole Opry Performance

PHOTO CREDIT:  ©2015 Grand Ole Opry / Photo By: Chris Hollo

PHOTO CREDIT: ©2015 Grand Ole Opry / Photo By: Chris Hollo

Grand Ole Opry fans were treated to a star-studded performance Wednesday night (7/1) when Country & Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs joined multi-platinum selling duo Thompson Square on the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage.

The surprise collaboration found Skaggs and the ACM / CMA-winning “Vocal Duo of the Year” belting out an emotionally-stirring performance of the Patty Loveless classic “Some Morning Soon.” The magical moment between the two stalwart acts ended with the Opry crowd erupting into thunderous applause.

Thompson Square’s “Trans Am” recently earned the duo the biggest add date of its career. “Trans Am” is the lead single from Thompson Square’s upcoming third album. For more information visit:


Additional Performers Announced for Wide Open Bluegrass


Additional artists have been announced for the Wide Open Bluegrass festival, which takes place October 3-4 in Raleigh, North Carolina; the list includes Yonder Mountain String Band, Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Balsam Range, Lonesome River Band, Chatham County Line, Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan, Della Mae, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Grascals, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Special Consensus, Town Mountain, The Deadly Gentlemen, James King Band, Larry Stephenson Band, Mustered Courage, The Roys and The Davidson Brothers. Of special note in the WOB lineup are two legendary bluegrass artists: Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Jesse McReynolds, from Virginia, and North Carolina’s own Bobby Hicks, a ten time Grammy award winning fiddler who recently received the prestigious North Carolina Heritage Award from the North Carolina Arts Council. For his set, Hicks will be joined by musicians Tony Williamson, Ron Shuffler and other special guests.

These artists will join the previously announced Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder with Bruce Hornsby, Del McCoury Band with special guests, Hot Rize (with Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers), Gibson Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Sierra Hull, The Kruger Brothers with Kontras Quartet’s world premiere of new concerto “Lucid Dreamer” and the Wide Open Jam, featuring the superstar lineup of Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton and Stuart Duncan as the performers for the ticketed portion of the two-day music festival.

Performers for the free Street Festival portion of Wide Open Bluegrass will be announced in the coming months.

Wide Open Bluegrass is part of International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass 2014 event, which takes place September 30 – October 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Those wishing to obtain tickets for the ticketed portion of Wide Open Bluegrass (which takes place at Red Hat Amphitheater and Raleigh Convention Center Ballroom Stages), Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes, IBMA Business Conference registration, IBMA Award Show tickets and hotel reservations should go to IBMA’s website, Single day general admission for the ticketed portion of Wide Open Bluegrass starts as low as $50, with a three-day Bluegrass Ramble pass available for $75. Additional details and pricing information are available at the website.

Ryman’s Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Kicks Off This Week


To celebrate the annual Bluegrass Nights series, the Ryman has released a special episode of Backstage at the Ryman on their YouTube channel featuring Dailey & Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Jim Lauderdale and more!

The 2014 Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman runs Thursday nights from June 26 through July 31. Join us early each week during the season for Pickin’ on the Plaza.

June 26 Vince Gill
July 3 Yonder Mountain String Band with special guests Sam Bush, Jake Jolliff and Allie Kral
July 10 Steep Canyon Rangers and Jim Lauderdale
July 17 Dailey & Vincent
July 24 Earls of Leicester featuring Jerry Douglas, Shawn Camp, Johnny Warren, Charlie Cushman, Barry Bales and Tim O’Brien with Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys
July 31 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

The Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman 2014 concert series kicks off on June 26 with twenty-time Grammy® award winner singer-songwriter and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill. The annual Red, White and Bluegrass show on July 3 will see progressive Bluegrass group Yonder Mountain String Band make their Ryman headlining debut with special guests Sam Bush, Jake Jolliff and Allie Kral. On July 10, Steep Canyon Rangers, Grammy® winners for Best Bluegrass Album (Nobody Knows You), and two-time Grammy award winner and hit songwriter Jim Lauderdale will co-headline the show. Rounder Records recording artists and three-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year winners Dailey & Vincent will take the stage on July 17. On July 24, dobro master Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester, a bluegrass supergroup performing the music of Flatt & Scruggs from 1954-1965 comprised of Douglas, Grammy-award-winning producer Shawn Camp, Johnny Warren, son of Paul Warren, legendary fiddle player in Flatt & Scruggs Foggy Mountain Boys Band, acclaimed banjo player Charlie Cushman, Barry Bales of Alison Krauss + Union Station fame, and A-list sideman Tim O’Brien on mandolin. Perennial favorite and fourteen-time Grammy® award winner Ricky Skaggs and his eight-time IBMA Instrumental Band of the Year Kentucky Thunder close out the series on July 31. CMA Air Personality of the Year award winner Eddie Stubbs will once again host each show of the series.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and are preceded by 650 AM WSM’s Pickin’ on the Plaza featuring regional bluegrass bands from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. The free showcases take place in the Ryman parking lot. Puckett’s “Trolley Parton” will be on site during Pickin’ on the Plaza.

Come early to Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman for our Pickin’ on the Plaza showcase for your chance to become Chicken Rich! Each week, a top regional bluegrass band will perform on the Ryman plaza starting at 6:00 p.m. where you can register to win a “Chicken Rich” prize pack including a tee-shirt, Hatch poster and a cooler of delicious Springer Mountain Farms chicken delivered to your door! The winner’s name will be called from the stage that night by a Springer Mountain Farms representative and legendary 650 AM WSM announcer Eddie Stubbs!

Pickin’ on the Plaza

June 26 Dana Romanello
July 3 Flatt Lonesome
July 10 Westbound Rangers
July 17 A Step Ahead
July 24 Freshwater Creek
July 31 Lonnie Jones & Hard Drive

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