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Country Music Hall of Fame Welcomes Three New Inductees

 CMA CEO Sarah Trahern; Suzi Cochran, widow of Hank Cochran; Mac Wiseman; Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Director Kyle Young; and Ronnie Milsap.Nashville, TN -- Mac Wiseman, Hank Cochran, and Ronnie Milsap each overcame extraordinarily difficult childhoods to put a distinctive footprint on American music history. Each now shares another accomplishment: they became the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 26, 2014.

Mac Wiseman Inducted to Country Music Hall of Fame

Mac WisemanNashville, TN -- /CMA/ Nashville, TN -- The Country Music Association announced today that Mac Wiseman, Hank Cochran, and Ronnie Milsap, and will become the newest members of the revered Country Music Hall of Fame. “Induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame is the highest honor achievable for a Country Music artist, songwriter, or industry leader and this year’s inductees are all highly deserving,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Hank’s songs have been recorded by everyone from Burl Ives to Etta James, George Strait to Ella Fitzgerald. Mac is a revered figure in the world of bluegrass and a founding Board member of the Country Music Association. And Ronnie is an incredibly gifted pianist and performer who is also one of the most successful and versatile crossover artists in our genre.”

Jack Clement, Bobby Bare, Kenny Rogers to Country Music Hall of Fame

 John Russell / CMANashville, TN -- Two country vocalists known for powerful interpretations of story songs joined a free-spirited maverick who shined at nearly every creative aspect of the music business as the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame during a star-studded, emotional Medallion Ceremony on October 27, 2013. Bobby Bare, Kenny Rogers and the late Jack Clement -- who died on August 8, four months after learning of his election into the Hall of Fame -- were feted with heartfelt testimonials and special performances of songs they made famous. The wide variety of artists paying tribute to the inductees underscored the crossover appeal and eclectic musical catalogs of the three men being honored.

Bobby Bare, “Cowboy” Jack Clement, Kenny Rogers to Country Music Hall of Fame

Bobby BareNASHVILLE – The Country Music Association announced today that Bobby Bare, “Cowboy” Jack Clement, and Kenny Rogers will become the newest members of the revered Country Music Hall of Fame. Rogers will be inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category, while Bare will be inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category. Clement will be 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. Bare, Clement, and Rogers will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 118 to 121 members.

Grand Ole Opry To Celebrate ‘100 Priceless Years’ Of Comedienne Minnie Pearl

Minnie Pearl 50th Opry AppearanceNashville, TN -- The Grand Ole Opry will celebrate the life of one of its most iconic members ever, Minnie Pearl, on Tues., Oct. 23, with a special show in honor of the beloved comedienne’s 100th birthday. The show will celebrate the performer’s humor and more than 50-year Opry career with vintage videos of Minnie’s career, performances and remembrances by Amy Grant, Opry members Pam Tillis, Mel Tillis and Jimmy Dickens, comedians Henry Cho and T. Bubba Bechtol, and more.

Country Music Hall of Fame Legend Kitty Wells, 92, Has Died

Kitty Wells/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- Kitty Wells, a pioneer who is credited with shattering the industry barriers for women artists of Country Music, died today at her Nashville home. She was 92. Hailed as “The Queen of Country Music” and a member of CMA’s Country Music Hall of Fame since 1976, Wells enjoyed a 14-year run of Top 10 hits that helped make it possible for women to achieve success as Country artists. Kitty Wells was always a friend of bluegrass music.

Grand Ole Opry to Celebrate '100 Priceless Years' of Iconic Comedienne Minnie Pearl

Minnie Pearl 50th Opry Appearance/Opry.com/ Nashville, TN -- The Grand Ole Opry is poised to celebrate the life and legacy of one of its most iconic members ever, Minnie Pearl, leading up to the 100th anniversary of the comedienne’s birth. Celebrations of the performer’s humor and more than 50-year Opry career begin this week and will culminate with an Opry show in her honor on Tues., Oct. 23.

Connie Smith 2012 'Veterans Era' Inductee for Country Music Hall of Fame

Connie SmithNashville, TN – March 6th, 2012 – Sugar Hill Records is proud to announce that the Country Music Association has named the "Rolls-Royce of Country Singers" Connie Smith as one of the 2012 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Smith will be inducted into the "Veterans Era Artist" category – an honor that is eligible for artists 45 years after they first achieve national prominence.

Country Music Hall of Fame to Celebrate Chet Atkins with March Programs

Chet Atkins, CGPNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will present two special programs next month in support of the exhibition Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player. On March 3, The Life and Times of Chet Atkins by Dr. Richard Hood will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the museum's Ford Theater. Dr. Hood, a Chet Atkins scholar and finger-style guitarist, will trace Atkins' life from his rural childhood to his career as a legendary guitarist and producer. Ben Hall and Eddie Pennington, both winners of the National Thumbpicking Championship, will perform selections from the Chet Atkins catalog. Pennington will also present a thumbpick guitar demonstration on March 4, at 1:00 p.m. in the museum's SunTrust Community Room.

Keyboardist John Hobbs to Be Honored as Newest Nashville Cat

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumNashville, TN -- Acclaimed keyboardist John Hobbs will take a seat on Saturday, March 10, as part of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's popular series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians. The program, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and is free to museum members. The program will also be streamed live at www.countrymusichalloffame.org

CMA Pledges $10 Million to Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

CMA Close Up/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Bob Doerschuk
CMA has pledged $10 million to "Working on a Building: Country Music Lives Here," the capital campaign that will finance the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's expansion from 140,000 square feet to more than 350,000 square feet. This donation is the largest philanthropic gift in the not-for-profit, Nashville-based educational organization's history.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Admission is FREE on Sat., Feb. 4

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumNashville, TN -- As a not-for-profit educational organization, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is pleased to partner with Ford Motor Company Fund for the fifth consecutive year to say thank you to the Middle Tennessee community (and all lucky out-of-town visitors to the museum on this day) by offering free museum admission on Saturday, February 4, 2012. The museum will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Museum Partners with the American Heart Association for Spotlight Exhibit

Something in RedNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is opening a spotlight exhibit, Something in Red, in support of the American Heart Association and Go Red For Women®. The exhibition, which will feature red ensembles from several country stars, including Sara Evans, Naomi Judd and Lorrie Morgan, will open on February 3, 2012 (National Wear Red Day), and run through April 2012.

Alison Krauss and Union Station Join Keith Urban's 3rd 'We're All For The Hall' Benefit April 10

Alison Krauss & Union StationNashville, TN -- 2012 - 2005 CMA Entertainer of the Year and four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban, this year joined by an all-star lineup of some of country music's most loved groups including bluegrass super group Alison Krauss and Union Station, as they return to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, April 10 for a concert to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. The We're All For The Hall benefit includes reserved seating tickets, which are priced at a family friendly $25 and $35 (does not include Ticketmaster surcharge), will go on sale January 27 at 10:00 a.m. A limited number of VIP ticket packages will also go on sale on January 27 at Ticketmaster.com .

Scott Borchetta to be Interviewed at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Scott BorchettaNashville, TN -- Dynamic and visionary record executive Scott Borchetta will visit the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Saturday, January 21, for a rare interview. The Big Machine president and CEO will sit down with museum writer and editor Michael McCall to discuss his career, including his role in developing artists such as the Band Perry and superstar Taylor Swift, and his work with veteran stars including Garth Brooks, Martina McBride and Reba; and his thoughts on where the industry is headed. The program, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and is free to museum members.left

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