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Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Brad Paisley, Paul Simon and Carrie Underwood Give It Their All for the Hall in NYC

Pictured are (l-r): Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Emmylou Harris, Paul Simon, and Vince Gill. Photo by Rick Diamond, Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Photo by Rick Diamond, Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

An all-star lineup, reaching across generations and genres, drew a rousing response from a sold-out PlayStationTheater audience during a stylish All for the Hall fundraising concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on October 6.
The stripped-down acoustic performances focused attention on the artistry of songwriting and singing—talents delivered with grace and power by the lineup of Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Brad Paisley, Paul Simon and Carrie Underwood.

“The magic of these nights is the diversity that winds up onstage,” said Gill, who co-hosted the evening with Harris. “It’s not just about hits and what’s going on in country music at the moment. It’s so healthy that we’re open-minded and welcome to all things. It’s good that we’re all different.”

Kyle Young, the museum’s chief executive officer, pointed out that the evening’s performers had won a total of 56 Grammy Awards.

“That should tell you everything you need to know,” he said, “about the caliber of artists who are volunteering their time tonight.”

The concert was modeled on the Nashville institution of a “guitar pull,” a casual set-up in which performers take turns presenting songs while the others look on, at times adding harmony or instrumentation. The format encourages relaxed interaction between performers, and the artists on this night mixed jokes, jibes and from-the-heart comments. Paisley often took guitar solos on Gill’s songs, and Gill offered solos on Paisley’s songs, focusing on sharing their mutual talents. Gill, Harris and Underwood often added harmonies to songs by others.

Paisley heralded the guitar-pull tradition, noting that on any given night in Nashville, several clubs will feature songwriters sitting on stools next to each other and performing their songs.

Simon added that while New York musicians did have a community feel, they weren’t as open to revealing themselves and their work with each other in the way Nashville artists are.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: (L-R) Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Paul Simon perform onstage at The Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum All For The Hall New York Benefit Concert at PlayStation Theater on October 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame)

Every other performer mentioned what an honor it was to be part of a show with Paul Simon, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist and as a member of Simon & Garfunkel.

“It truly is one of the greatest thrills of my life to share a stage with this fella,” Gill said in introducing Simon. “He is one of the greatest American songwriters of all time.”

Later, Gill said it was “a bucket list moment” after performing the guitar solo on Simon’s “The Boxer,” an instrumental part originally created by the late Nashville session great Fred Carter.

Simon also performed “Sounds of Silence” and “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” a song about New York, he noted. Simon also said he agreed to perform without realizing his beloved New York Yankees would be in a playoff game that night. He then asked for the score and grimaced when told his team was behind at the moment.

Simon also spoke of the time he visited the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the past, with Harris as his guide.

“I thought it was an extraordinary treasure trove of American history,” Simon said. “I’m pleased and honored to be able to be a participant tonight.”

Paisley noted that he felt “completely out of my element” being onstage with so many of his musical idols, after wisecracking that he had dreamed of this moment in the past, “except that in the dream I’m completely naked.”

Underwood began by saying she felt

“equal parts nervous and honored to be on this stage tonight.” Singing with just an acoustic guitar made her “feel exposed,” she said, adding with a laugh, “Not the underwear type of exposed, but musically exposed.”

She and her guitarist, Shawn Tubbs, then performed her current hit, “Smoke Break”—the first time Underwood ever performed it in such an instrumentally bare manner.

All of the artists spoke about the power of songs to move and motivate people—and underlined the importance of music education in public schools. Harris emphasized how music helps open the minds of schoolkids and has been proven to stimulate brain activity, making it just as important as other academic disciplines.

Underwood told of how music classes and choir practice made her excited about going to school. She did well in other areas, she said, but it was music education that made her eager to attend classes each day.

The concert didn’t feature a set list. The performers decided what to sing on the spur of the moment, inspired by what someone else had played or by the mood they were in when their turn came. As Gill noted, guitar pulls traditionally aren’t just an artist or songwriter performing their biggest hits. It’s also a chance to show off new material, or, in this evening’s case, pull out a favorite cover song, as Simon did when ending the show with the Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved,” with Gill on high harmony—and the rest of the artists eventually joining in.

Both Harris and Paisley honored recently deceased heroes of theirs. Harris opened with her rendition of Jesse Winchester’s “My Songbird,” which she had recorded in 1978 on her album Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town. Paisley included a verse and chorus of Country Music Hall of Fame member Little Jimmy Dickens’ “Country Boy” before going into his own hit “Southern Comfort Zone.”

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The evening’s first standing ovation came for a group of sixth graders from the Pelham Gardens Middle School in the Bronx. Songwriter Liz Rose (“White Horse,” “You Belong with Me,” “Girl Crush”) worked with students from the school to create an original song using lyrics the students wrote. Armed with guitars and ukuleles, and with songwriter-guitarist Phil Barton helping out, the students and Rose sang the upbeat “Everybody’s Perfect,” delighting the loudly cheering crowd.

The song represented the museum’s long-running Words & Music program, which pairs professional songwriters with students, giving them a chance to express themselves while learning about the process of songwriting. With partners Education Through Music, a New York-based non-profit, the museum will work with several other New York schools through the 2015-2016 school year.

The proceeds of the All for the Hall New York concert will be earmarked for the museum’s education department, which interacted with more than 160,000 people in 2014. Between ticket sales and a spirited live auction, the event netted more than $150,000 and demonstrated the national and international reach of the Museum and its award-winning educational programs.

Get Into the Holiday Spirit with Country Faith Christmas

Country Faith

Regnery Publishing announced that it will release Country Faith Christmas on October 19th at all retail and online book outlets.
Country Faith Christmas will feature Christmas memories from thirty-seven of today’s top country music stars, including Florida Georgia Line, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Darius Rucker, and Brenda Lee as well as a foreword written by Kimberly Schlapman (Little Big Town) and four Advent meditations from Charlie Daniels. The stars share their holiday stories, family traditions, memorable gifts, personal recipes, and favorite Christmas carols. Compiled by the Country Music Association’s (CMA) award-winning journalist and author Deborah Evans Price, Country Faith Christmas is the holiday follow-up to the immensely popular Country Faith.

“It’s been a pleasure and privilege to put together Country Faith Christmas,” says Price.“This book contains so many wonderful stories that fans will enjoy, and I’m especially excited for people to see the amazing photos the artists have shared. Some of the photos include Alan Jackson sitting on Santa’s lap, a pint-sized Vince Gill clutching a football, Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard gathered around the Christmas tree with his family,Phil Vassar with a set of drums he received as a child, Reba with a special gift from her sister Susie, along with many other special moments.”

In Country Faith Christmas, country music fans will discover:

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Austin City Limits New Season to Include Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam and More!

Austin City Limits

The television music series Austin City Limits (ACL) follows four decades as a music institution with more unforgettable performances as it gets ready to write its next illustrious chapter. Providing viewers with a front-row seat to the best in live music, ACL unveils Season 41’s stellar line-up of legendary artists, trend-setting innovators and many highly-anticipated debuts.  ACL airs weekly on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings for times) and full episodes are made available online for a limited time immediately following the initial broadcast. Select tapings are also live streamed to enable music fans everywhere to experience the performances as they happen, live and unedited. Viewers can visit for news regarding future tapings, episode schedules and live stream updates. The show’s official hashtag is #acltv.

The program returns on October 3rd with the 2015 ACL Hall of Fame Special, a special hour showcasing unique collaborations and tributes from this year’s induction ceremony and celebration, held June 18, 2015. Artists Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell and more perform in honor of the newest class of inductees: Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Flaco Jiménez, Loretta Lynn and Townes Van Zandt.

The upcoming season is filled with musical highlights, as a number of acts make their long-awaited ACL debuts.  Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson appears for the first time in a dazzling hour featuring the songs of Billie Holiday.  Music legend Don Henley makes his ACL debut, armed with his first solo release in 15 years.  Iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor is also set to make his Austin City Limits debut in a career-spanning, hour long showcase that will feature songs from his latest release, his first collection of original music in 13 years.

Country music’s range is exemplified in a double-bill with modern country rebel Sturgill Simpson making his full set debut and Western swing veterans Asleep at the Wheel returning for their 11th appearance.  Asleep at the Wheel, newly-minted ACL Hall of Fame members, are joined by guest stars The Avett Brothers and Amos Lee in a special tribute to forebear Bob Wills, the original Texas Playboy.

Hometown hero Gary Clark Jr., now a Grammy-winning global sensation, returns to the program for his second headline appearance, in support of a highly-anticipated new release.  A number of genre-bending rock acts make their ACL debuts this year:  indie rock breakout star Courtney Barnett showcases her compelling live set, while left-of-the-dial faves The War on Drugs and TV On The Radio split an episode, both gracing the ACL stage for the first time.

“With our 40th anniversary in our rearview mirror, we’re back to doing what we do best: showcasing awesome music whether it’s classic or contemporary, familiar or groundbreaking,” says ACL executive producer Terry Lickona.  “As usual, we’ll give our viewers the chance to rediscover old favorites or discover new artists who are making their own mark.”

Season 41 Fall Broadcast Schedule (additional episodes to be announced)
October 3        2015 Hall of Fame Special
October 10      Cassandra Wilson
October 17      Sturgill Simpson / Asleep at the Wheel
October 24      Don Henley
October 31      Gary Clark Jr. / Courtney Barnett
November 7    TV On The Radio / The War on Drugs
November 14  James Taylor
November 21  ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2015

The complete line-up for the full 14-week season, including seven new episodes to air beginning January 2016, will be announced at a later date. Check the news section of for additional episode updates.

For the fifth consecutive year, the producers of Austin City Limits, in conjunction with High 5 Productions, and the Americana Music Association, are proud to present a special ACL Presents—featuring the best music performances from this year’s Americana Music Association Honors and Awards Ceremony held September 16th at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood to Perform at Country Music Hall of Fame Fundraiser All for the Hall

All for the Hall New York

In an intimate, guitar pull format, Grammy award winners Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, as well as Country Music Hall of Fame members Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris, will perform at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum fundraiser All for the Hall New York, Tuesday, October 6. The event will take place at the Times Square Best Buy Theater, uniting country music’s most accomplished artists and most generous supporters.

A limited number of VIP tables and individual seats are on sale now and available for purchase at $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000 levels. Event proceeds will support the Museum’s education programs, which reached over 160,000 people in 2014. Details to reserve a table or individual seat are available below.

Attendees of the event have a rare opportunity to witness award-winning, critically acclaimed artists partake in something similar to a southern tradition known as the guitar pull, where a small group of musicians gather together and take turns presenting their songs while the other artists look on or add harmony and instrumentation. Originated in Nashville, some of the most legendary guitar pull sessions were hosted by none other than Johnny and June Carter Cash. All for the Hall New York participants will decide what to sing in the spur of the moment, with no set list, as they casually swap songs and stories during this one-of-a kind event.

Each year, Gill and Harris return to perform at the All for the Hall benefit concert. This year, they will be in the company of Paisley, the singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three Grammys, two American Music Awards, and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. Underwood, a multi-format, multi-media superstar with spanning achievements in music, television, and film, has won seven Grammy awards and is the first female artist to be named twice as the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, will take the stage as well. Past participants include Jason Aldean, Gregg Allman, Zac Brown, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Patty Griffin, Levon Helm, Chris Isaak, Kris Kristofferson, Pat Monahan, Lionel Richie, Taylor Swift, Dwight Yoakam and more.

The museum’s All for the Hall campaign launched in 2005 and addresses the museum’s need for long-term financial security. Currently in its eighth year on the road, the annual fundraising event helps to provide a safety net for the institution and its work. This year’s proceeds will be dedicated to the support of the museum’s educational programs, which teach audiences about the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music.

VIP tables and tickets are available now, and patrons have the option of purchasing a full table of 10 for $10,000, a half table for $5,000, or an individual floor level seat for $1,000. A full list of VIP ticket levels and benefits can be found at purchase tickets or for more information, patrons may contact Rachel Shapiro at 615-416-2069 or


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