Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The House That Holds The Music

UPCOMING EVENTS
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    Concert and Conversation: CMT’s Next Women of Country featuring Tanner Adell, Mae Estes, Kylie Frey, Emily Ann Roberts, and Tigirlily Gold
    7 Jun
    12:30-1:45 pm
    Songwriter Session: Leslie Satcher
    1 Jun
    12-12:45 pm
    Songwriter Session: Trannie Anderson
    8 Jun
    12-12:45 pm
    Musician Spotlight: Jenee Fleenor
    9 Jun
    1-1:45 pm

Announcements

Current Exhibitions

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  • Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues Revisited

    In celebration of its twentieth anniversary, Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues Revisitedreturns to the Museum on April 26, 2024. The acclaimed 2004–2005 exhibit explored an often-overlooked chapter of Nashville’s musical history—an influential rhythm & blues scene that thrived from the 1940s through the 1960s. And the exhibit’s companion compilation album won a Grammy in 2005. This twentieth-anniversary edition of Night Train revisits highlights from the exhibit’s debut, along with new artifacts and rare photos. 

  • American Currents: State of the Music

    The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s annual exhibition American Currents: State of the Music offers a broad look at country music and its place in American culture over the past year. The latest installment, open now through February 2025, features music and moments from cozy clubs to arena rafters.

  • Western Edge: The Roots and Reverberations of Los Angeles Country-Rock

    Western Edge examines the close-knit communities of Los Angeles-based singers, songwriters and musicians who, from the 1960s through the 1980s, embraced country music, frequented local nightclubs, and created and shaped the musical fusion known as “country-rock” – ultimately making an indelible and lasting impact on popular music.

  • An American Masterwork: Thomas Hart Benton’s "Sources of Country Music" at 50

    An American Masterwork: Thomas Hart Benton’s “Sources of Country Music” at 50 explores Benton’s process in creating his final painting, which was commissioned by the Museum in 1973. The exhibit includes sketches, drawings, lithographs, photographs, and a three-dimensional model of the painting, along with a 1975 video of Benton speaking about the mural.

  • Patty Loveless: No Trouble with the Truth

    Patty Loveless: No Trouble with the Truth explores the influential career and enduring music of Patty Loveless. From staking out a distinctive place in country music beginning in the 1980s to her talent for finding memorable material and her embrace of traditional influences, this exhibit illustrates Loveless’s role in the genre through personal and career artifacts, photos, interviews, and more.

  • Eric Church: Country Heart, Restless Soul

    Eric Church: Country Heart, Restless Soul, presented by Gibson, is now open. This new exhibit traces Church’s life and career—from his North Carolina roots and experience as a Nashville songwriter to his place as one of country music’s revered rule breakers.

Help Support Our Mission

Every dollar donated to the Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, supports its educational mission: to collect, preserve, and interpret the evolving history and traditions of country music.

Hall of Fame Members

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  • Patsy Cline

    One of the best-selling female country singers of the twentieth century, Patsy Cline achieved iconic status following her tragic death at age thirty in 1963. Cline was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973, and is frequently invoked as a standard for female vocalists, having inspired scores of singers including k. d. lang, Loretta Lynn, Linda Ronstadt, Trisha Yearwood, and Wynonna Judd.

  • DeFord Bailey

    DeFord Bailey was an influential harmonica player in both country music and blues, one of the Grand Ole Opry’s most popular early performers, and country’s first African-American star.

  • Brooks & Dunn

    Brooks & Dunn

    Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn—performing together as Brooks & Dunn—charged onto the country music scene in 1991. They went on to become the best-selling country duo of all time, with forty-one Top Ten hits (including twenty #1s) and two decades of packing concert arenas. They collected a mountain of music-industry honors, including two Grammys, nineteen CMA awards, and twenty-five ACM awards.

  • Reba McEntire

    Reba McEntire

    Reba McEntire ranks as the most successful female country performer of her generation, and she has been cited as a role model by nearly every successful woman to follow in her wake. She has achieved more than fifty Top Ten singles and more #1 country albums than any other female artist. McEntire has won CMA Female Vocalist of the Year four times and was CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1986. She also has won three Grammy Awards, and in 2018 received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors for her lifetime of contributions to American culture.

  • Hank Williams

    Hank Williams

    Hank Williams’s legend has long overtaken the rather frail and painfully introverted man who spawned it. Almost singlehandedly, Williams set the agenda for contemporary country songcraft, but his appeal rests as much in the myth that even now surrounds his short life.

Expand Your Experience

The Museum experience is home to the Hall of Fame Rotunda, offers world class exhibitions, and so much more—from live music and family activities, to tours of Historic RCA Studio B and the iconic Hatch Show Print, a working letterpress print shop since 1879.

Visit The Museum’s Online Store

Country music is often a state of mind — and a state of being. The Museum’s online store offers custom merchandise that can include apparel, exclusive music, books, limited edition instruments, and unique gifts for shoppers from all walks of life. Some offerings are specially curated around our exhibit experiences, allowing for Museum memories that never fade. Set your own personal stage and history here.

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