Starting in 2009, Keith Urban has brought together some of the biggest names in Country Music to pay homage to Country greats who have come before them and support the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Country Music Hall of Fame has been a prominent part of the downtown Nashville landscape, and Country Music in general, since the announcement of its creation in 1961. The Hall of Fame ensures that the circle of Country Music remains unbroken and new generations can grow and learn in the experiences of those who came before them.
This year, Keith Urban and Vince Gill brought together the very best that country music has to offer. Reba, this years Hall of Fame inductee Ronnie Milsap, Lee Ann Womack, Deana Carter, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, and many others came together to raise money to support the programs of the Hall of Fame. Each artist sang two songs and the only stipulations were that the songs had to either be a song that the artist themselves wrote, or a classic song. Full set list can be found here.
Every single artist was phenomenal and brought together the best songs and voices in Country Music. Some of the night’s highlights included Reba bringing the house down with “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” and “Survivor”, Keith Urban singing “Somewhere in My Car”, Carrie Underwood paying tribute to Dolly Parton by singing “I Will Always Love You”, and the finale in which almost every artist came out to help Darius Rucker sing “Wagon Wheel”.
It is well worth a trip to Nashville to see the amazing performers and all of the money goes to the amazing institution that is the Country Music Hall of Fame! Next year it is sure to be even bigger and better, so if you get a chance to go you won’t regret taking it!
If you don’t live in Nashville and can’t come to town for the event, there are still lots of other ways that you can support and be a part of the Country Music Hall of Fame.