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Grand Master Fiddler Championship at Country Music Hall of Fame

Grand Master FiddlerThe 2013 42nd Grand Master Fiddler Championship (GMFC) will be held on August 30 and 31 at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN. Since 2005, the championship was held along with the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) World of Bluegrass trade show and convention in Nashville. The IBMA will hold their event in Raleigh, North Carolina now. The Grand Master Fiddler Championship will remain rooted in Nashville, Tennessee and the 2013 competition will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Competitions will follow the same format as previous years.

Museum and Library Present the World Premiere of String City

Country Music Hall of Fame & MuseumNashville, TN -- Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and the Nashville Public Libary and Foundation will present the world premiere of String City: Nashville's Tradition of Music and Puppetry. Many of country music’s most impactful artists, from early musical architects to contemporary superstars, will perform together on the Ford Theater stage this summer—in a manner of speaking: The world premiere of String City: Nashville's Tradition of Music and Puppetry, a colorful telling of the history of country music in Nashville, will take place June 20 at 8 p.m. at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Tickets will be available on May 9, 2013.

Songwriter Tom Douglas Saluted as Poet and Prophet on May 18

Tom DouglasNashville, TN -- Hit songwriter Tom Douglas will be honored at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Saturday, May 18, as the latest subject of the quarterly programming series Poets and Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters. The 1:30 p.m. in-depth interview and performance, held in the museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members. The program will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org.

All 4 The Hall 2013 Benefit Nets Nearly $650,000

All 4 the HallNashville, TN -- According to information released today by the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Keith Urban's April 16 All 4 the Hall 2013 benefit concert netted nearly $650,000, bringing the event's four-year total to more than $2 million. Nearly 14,000 fans packed Nashville's Bridgestone Arena to enjoy the one-of-a-kind show.

Students to Perform at Annual Words & Music Night

Words and MusicNashville, TN -- Young songwriters will fill the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s Ford Theater with songs about chicken noodle soup, the love of autumn, American presidents and more on Tuesday, April 30, during the museum’s annual Words & Music Night. Grammy award-winning artist Gretchen Wilson will host the program. The Words & Music program is made possible by the Country Music Association Endowment for Words & Music. Nashville-area students will perform their original songs accompanied by volunteer professional songwriters during the event. The program begins at 6:00 p.m. and is open to performing students and their families.

Country Music Hall of Fame Awarded NEH Grant to Digitize Country Music Artifacts

Country Music Hall of Fame & MuseumNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has received a $280,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, museum officials announced today. The grant will fund the digitization of rare and fragile components of the museum's collection. The grant's title is Preservation and Access: Digitizing Rare and Fragile Components of the Country Music.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to Celebrate the Legacy of Dottie West

Dottie WestNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will present three special programs this spring in support of the spotlight exhibition Dottie West: Country Sunshine, which runs through May 2, 2013. On Saturday, March 30, Country Sunshine: Remembering Dottie West will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater. The panel discussion will feature former West protégé Steve Wariner, Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely, songwriter Red Lane and West’s daughter Shelly West—an artist in her own right—sharing memories of the talented artist. Prior to the panel, Lane, who wrote West’s hits “Country Girl” and “Come See Me and Come Lonely,” will also present a Songwriter Session at 11:30 a.m. in the Ford Theater.

Steel Guitarist Paul Franklin to be Saluted as Next Nashville Cat

Paul Franklin with The BoxNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's quarterly program series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians returns on Saturday, March 23, with a salute to pedal steel guitarist Paul Franklin. The 1:30 p.m. in-depth interview, held in the museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members. The program will be streamed live at www.CountryMusicHallOfFame.org.

50 Years after the Crash: Remembering Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins

Patsy Cline/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Eileen Sisk
The Grand Ole Opry suffered the biggest loss of talent in its 87-year history when a small plane carrying Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins, along with Cline's manager Randy Hughes, crashed on the evening of March 5, 1963, in a heavily wooded area roughly 100 miles west of Nashville. Now, 50 years after the crash the we are remembering Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, and Hawkshaw Hawkins.

Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Special March 2nd

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumNashville, TN -- On Saturday, March 2, at 1:30 p.m., the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will present a special panel discussion, Forever with Us: The 50th Anniversary of a Country Music Tragedy, in memory of Country Music Hall of Fame member Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Randy Hughes, whose lives were lost in a plane crash a half century ago, and Jack Anglin, who died in a separate tragedy. Hosted by Eddie Stubbs, the panel features Charlie Dick, Kathy Hughes, Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard and Bobby Wright.

All For The Hall Benefit Concert at the Best Buy Theater February 26

Jason AldeanNashville, TN -- Superstar Jason Aldean and Train front man Pat Monahan will perform at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's All for the Hall New York fundraiser on Tuesday, February 26, at the Best Buy Theater, museum officials announced today. The event, which will follow a "guitar pull" format, will also feature performances by Country Music Hall of Fame members Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris and special guests.

Bakersfield Songwriter Red Simpson Honored as Poet and Prophet

Red SimpsonNashville, TN -- Songwriter and Bakersfield Sound architect Red Simpson will take a seat at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Saturday, February 23, as the latest subject of the quarterly programming series Poets and Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters. The 1:30 p.m. in-depth interview and performance, held in the museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members. The program will be streamed live at CountryMusicHallOfFame.org.img src=

WSM Celebrates Eddie Stubbs' 30th Radio Anniversary

Eddie Stubbs and Ray PriceNashville, TN -- /Grand Ole Opry/ 650 AM WSM marked the 30th radio anniversary of longtime evening show host and Country Radio Hall of Famer Eddie Stubbs the night of Monday, January 14, 2013 with a star-packed evening of music and celebration at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The live show aired on 650 AM and WSMOnline.com, and was presented by longrunning WSM clients Springer Mountain Farms, the Ernest Tubb Record Shop, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Visit WSM Online to access the special on-air content.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sees Record Attendance

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum set an all-time attendance record in 2012, museum officials announced today. The 2012 attendance total of 564,777 people is the largest in the institution’s 45-year history. The museum is host to much of our music's heritage including the Father of Bluegrass Music Bill Monroe's famed Loar Mandolin and instruments from the Carter Family and more. align=

Nancy Shapiro to be Honored at 6th Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum

Nancy ShapiroNashville, TN -- To honor the memory of a Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame icon, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will present an interview with Recording Academy Senior Vice President of Membership Services Nancy Shapiro at the sixth annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum on Monday, December 3, 2012, at 6 p.m. in the Ford Theater. A reception will follow the program. The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Visit countrymusichalloffame.org or call 615-416-2040 for more details.

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