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COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM READIES FOR CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL


COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM
 READIES FOR CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL WITH PACKED LINEUP
OF AUTOGRAPH SIGNINGS AND ARTIST PERFORMANCES
 
Live from the Museum Store, Presented by CMT,
Features Appearances by Lee Brice, Lee Greenwood, Casey James, Tracy Lawrence, Love and Theft, the Oak Ridge Boys, Charley Pride, Joanna Smith and Josh Thompson
 
Singer-Songwriter Kellie Pickler Performs Songwriter Session and Steve Wariner, c.g.p. Performs Tribute to Chet Atkins
 
            NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 22, 2012 – As thousands of country music fans prepare to converge on Nashville in June for the CMA Music Festival, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum stands ready to greet them with special programs and events.  During June 5-9, museum visitors will be able to attend autograph signings and/or performances featuring both new and legendary artists.
 
            Foremost among the museum’s Music Fest-week events is the return of its series Live from the Museum Store, Presented by CMT, which will include autograph signings with Lee Brice, Lee Greenwood, the Oak Ridge Boys and Country Music Hall of Fame member Charley Pride and performances and autograph signings with Casey James, Tracy Lawrence, Love and Theft, Joanna Smith and Josh Thompson. The museum will also present a special Songwriter Session with Kellie Pickler and a tribute to Country Music Hall of Fame member Chet Atkins by Steve Wariner, c.g.p.  Museum admission is not required for Live from the Museum Store, Presented by CMT events; however, a purchase of artists’ merchandise from the Museum Store is necessary to participate in the autograph signings.  The Songwriter Session and Chet Atkins tribute are included with museum admission and are free to museum members.
 
            Visitors who present their official CMA Music Festival badge at the door and those who participate in autograph signings will receive $3 off adult general admission to the museum. Music Fest week will also be a chance for visitors to see the new major exhibition The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country, which opened on March 23.
 
            A schedule of Live from the Museum Store, Presented by CMT events, other museum programming and special museum hours for CMA Music Festival week is below:
 
 
Monday, June 4, 2012
Museum hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Museum hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
6:00-9:00 p.m. Hot Nights at the Hall with David Nail
This museum members-only event includes live music, food, autograph signings and exclusive access to the museum.  Visitors who wish to attend may purchase a museum membership in advance or at the event. A free event pass will also be required for admittance; see the museum’s website for details on how to obtain one.
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Museum hours: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.       Josh Thompson: Performance and Signing                      Plaza, Museum Store
Thompson will sign his product purchased from the Museum Store.
 
3:00 p.m.         Oak Ridge Boys: Signing                                                    Museum Store            
The Oak Ridge Boys will sign their book American Journey, their CDs The Boys Are Back, The Definitive Collection, and Oak Ridge Boys Gold, as well as Joe Bonsall's books G.I. Joe and Lillie and From My Perspective.
 
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Museum hours 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m.       Tracy Lawrence: Performance and Signing                     Plaza, Museum Store
 Lawrence will sign his CD Tracy Lawrence – The Singer.
 
1:00 p.m.         Joanna Smith: Performance and Signing                         Plaza, Museum Store
Smith will sign her product purchased from the Museum Store.
 
3:00 p.m.         Lee Greenwood: Signing                                                    Museum Store
Greenwood will sign his book Does God Still Bless the USA?: A Plea for a Better America.
 
5:00 p.m.         Lee Brice: Signing                                                              Museum Store
Brice will sign his CD Hard 2 Love.
 
Friday, June 8, 2012
Museum hours 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.       Charley Pride: Signing                                                        Museum Store
Pride will sign his CDs Did You Think to Pray, Choices, Pride & Joy and The Ultimate Hits.
 
12:30 p.m.       Casey James: Performance and Signing                           Plaza, Museum Store
James will sign his CD Casey James.
 
3:00 p.m.         Love and Theft: Performance and Signing                      Plaza, Curb Courtyard
Love and Theft will be doing a signing following their performance.
 
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Museum hours 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
 11:30 a.m.      Kellie Pickler: Songwriter Session and Signing                Ford Theater, Museum Store
A top-ten finalist on the fifth season of American Idol, Pickler co-wrote her hits “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder,” and “The Best Days of Your Life.” She also co-wrote most of the songs on her latest album, 100 Proof. Following the program, Pickler will sign copies of her CD 100 Proof in the Museum Store. 
 
2:00 p.m.         Steve Wariner: Intimate Performance and                       Ford Theater
                        Tribute to Chet Atkins                                                        
Wariner has recorded dozens of hits, including the chart toppers “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” “Two Teardrops” and “I'm Already Taken.” He has earned Grammy and CMA awards for his singing, songwriting, instrumental work, and diverse musical collaborations. Chet Atkins, an inspiration and advocate for Wariner, signed him to RCA, produced his first recording session, and later dubbed him a c.g.p. (certified guitar player)—one of only five guitarists to receive this distinction. In 2009, Wariner released the album c.g.p., My Tribute to Chet Atkins. This concert, presented in support of the exhibit Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player, Made Possible by the Gretsch Company, will be streamed live at www.countrymusichalloffame.org. Following the program, Wariner will sign copies of his CDs.  
  
             The Songwriter Session and Wariner’s concert are included with museum admission ($20 for adults, $12 for children ages 6 to 17, and free for children under 6). Seating for the programs is limited, and program passes are required for admittance. (Visit the museum’s website for complete admission and signing details.)
 
             Live from the Museum Store, Presented by CMT performances do not require admission.  Please note: signing passes are required for all autograph signings and will be included with transaction at time of purchase of artists’ product.  Most signing passes can be obtained on the museum’s website now. They can also be obtained in the Museum Store beginning on June 1 at 9:30 a.m. CDT. List of confirmed artists is subject to change.   Please visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org to view an up-to-date schedule and signing guidelines.
 
             The museum offers discounted admission ($18) to seniors (60 and older), the military and students (with valid IDs).  Group rates are available for tours of 15 or more.  There is no charge to visit the Curb Conservatory or the Museum Store. 
 
             Museum programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and by an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts. 
 
             Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum's mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the Foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum's Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.
 
            More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.

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