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Charlie Daniels, Fred Foster, and Randy Travis Inducted into the CMHOF

Standing (l-r): Duane Allen, Garth Brooks, Bobby Bare, William Lee Golden, Richard Sterban, Joe Bonsall, Curtis Young, Steve Turner, Dolly Parton, CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern, CMA Board Chairman John Esposito, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Director Kyle Young, Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry, Vince Gill, and Charley Pride. Seated (l-r): Ralph Emery, Jo Walker Meador, Harold Bradley, Kris Kristofferson, Charlie Daniels, Fred Foster, Randy Travis, Brenda Lee, Charlie McCoy, E.W. "Bud" Wendell, and Roy Clark. Photo Credit: John Russell / CMA

Photo Credit: John Russell / CMA

Charlie Daniels, Fred Foster, and Randy Travis were formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday night during the annual Medallion Ceremony at the CMA Theater at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville.

Daniels was inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category, while Travis was inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category. Foster was inducted in the “Non-Performer” category, which is awarded every third year in a rotation with the “Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980” and “Songwriter” categories.

The memorable evening included musical tributes to each inductee with performances by Trace Adkins, Garth Brooks, Brandy Clark, Alan Jackson, Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, and Trisha Yearwood.

Singing publicly for the first time in several years due to health conditions, Travis moved the audience to tears with “Amazing Grace.” He was then joined onstage by fellow Hall of Fame members to conclude the ceremony with a stirring rendition of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.”

The new inductees increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 127 to 130 members.

CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize noteworthy individuals for their outstanding contributions to the format with Country Music’s highest honor. The annual selection and induction process for the Country Music Hall of Fame is conducted by CMA and voted on by a CMA-member panel of electors.

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Brad Paisley Gets Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit

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Brad Paisley will be the subject of a career-spanning exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Opening November 18th and running through May 14th, 2017, the exhibit will detail Paisley’s rise from a child prodigy who first performed at age 13 on the renowned WWVA’s Jamboree USA to one of America’s finest artists, songwriters, and guitarists.

The exhibition will include musical instruments, performance clothing, manuscripts, awards, photographs, childhood mementos (including early examples of Paisley’s talent for drawings and illustrations), and other items that shed light on Paisley’s life and career. Artifacts will celebrate Paisley’s reputation as an inspired guitarist, who blends technical mastery with whimsical imagination. Artifacts in the exhibit also will illustrate his connections to many of his guitar heroes, including Chet Atkins, James Burton, Little Jimmy Dickens, John Jorgenson, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, and Don Rich of the Buckaroos.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to Host Charlie Daniels For Interview And Performance


The new exhibition Charlie Daniels: Million Mile Reflections will open Friday, Sept. 23, at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. The museum will celebrate the opening of the new exhibit with a special program featuring the 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. Hosted by museum editor Michael McCall, Daniels will discuss his career and perform a few songs.

A dynamic personality, a rousing performer, and a musical innovator, Daniels brought rock and blues motifs into mainstream country music. He began performing in his teens, in his native North Carolina, and, seven decades later, still records and tours as leader of the Charlie Daniels Band.

The program is included with museum admission and free to museum members. It will be streamed live at Seating is limited; guests can reserve tickets beginning Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. via Limited seating will be available at the door, day-of-show, for museum members or with museum admission. After the program Daniels will sign copies of the CD Gather ‘Round: A Charlie Daniels Sampler, available for purchase exclusively from the Museum Store.

Running through March 2017, Charlie Daniels: Million Mile Reflections will include stagewear, guitars, awards, photos and more from Daniels’ personal collection. Exhibition highlights include:

  • 1979 Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, presented to the Charlie Daniels Band for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
  • 1935 National Style O resonator guitar with nickel-plated brass body and sandblasted Hawaiian scenes presented to Daniels by his friend Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
  • Daniels’ leather duster with fringe, beadwork, snakeskin overlays and silver and gold medallions, worn on the cover of his 1991 album Renegade.
  • The first royalty check received by Daniels and issued by Elvis Presley Music Inc. in 1964. The check was written on January 24, 1964, twelve days after Presley recorded “It Hurts Me,” a song co-written by Daniels.

For more information about the exhibit, click here. Follow @countrymusichof on Twitter and join the conversation using #CharlieDanielsExhibit.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to Celebrate Holidays with Deck the Hall


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

Festivities kick off Friday, Nov. 25, when a special guest lights the thirty-foot-tall Christmas tree in the museum’s Mike Curb Conservatory. The tree lighting will be followed with a brief performance by a special guest to be announced soon.

The museum will offer unforgettable music and holiday magic in the CMA Theater with “A Wynonna & The Big Noise Christmas” on Dec. 14. The evening concert will include a mix of holiday favorites, Wynonna’s biggest hits, and brand new music. Tickets start at $55 and go on sale Friday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m. CST. There will be a limited number of VIP packages available, which include premier seating, artists meet-and-greet, and a limited edition Hatch Show Print poster. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

Throughout the holiday season, the museum will offer many free activities. Santa Claus will pose for free photos with children of all ages on both Saturday and Sunday during Deck the Hall. Don’t miss Santa on Nov. 25–27, Dec. 3–4, Dec. 10–11 and Dec. 17–18. String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry, a puppet show created by a partnership of the Nashville Public Library and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, returns to the museum for a two-day run, Nov. 25–26.

On Dec. 4, kids of all ages can pull their own Hatch Show Print poster for free. Participants will learn about letterpress printing from the staff of one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the United States. Hatch staff will help participants create their very own letterpress art using carved wood, linoleum and metal block images from the Hatch collection.

Additional hands-on activities in the Taylor Swift Education Center (TSEC) will provide fun for the entire family throughout Deck the Hall, including cookie and ornament decorating on Sundays, Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11. Museum admission or membership is required for programs in the TSEC. Cookies as well as icing and edible decorations, will be provided. For a complete list of family programming, visit

The museum will present a Songwriter Session featuring Grammy-winning recording artist Kristian Bush on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11:30 a.m. A member of acclaimed country duo Sugarland, Bush co-wrote many of their hits, including “Baby Girl,” “Settlin’,” “Something More,” “Stand Back Up,” “Stuck Like Glue” and “Want To.” He also wrote all of the songs on his 2015 solo album, Southern Gravity.

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 members Charlie McCoy and Brenda Lee.  Dates are Dec. 10 and 11. Seating is limited and tickets are $25. Tours depart from the museum at 3:00 p.m. and return at 5:00 p.m.

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.

Admission to most holiday programs is free with museum admission and free to museum members. Individual membership starts at $50 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, Red Onion and Bajo Sexto Taco.

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.

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