Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Country Music Hall of Fame® & Museum Celebrates The Delmore Brothers With Live Music & Reflections

The Country Music Hall of Fame® & Museum Celebrates
The Delmore Brothers With Live Music & Reflections

December 2 Event Marks 90th Anniversary Of Duo's 1926 Stage Debut

"The Delmore Brothers, God, I really loved them!  I think they've influenced every
harmony I've ever tried to sing!" - Bob Dylan

Nashville, TN (November 22, 2016) - The Country Music Hall of Fame® & Museum will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Delmore Brothers' stage debut with a program on Friday, December 2, from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in the Taylor Swift Education Center.  In his book, Truth Is Stranger Than Publicity, Alton Delmore gives a personal account of the brothers' career and offers his insights into the early days of the Country music industry.  Music journalist and author Barry Mazor will lead a discussion about the book and the Delmore Brothers' illustrious career, while Alton Delmore's youngest daughter, Debby, will share personal reflections.  In a live performance, The Farmer and Adele will entertain with Delmore Brothers' hits "Blues Stay Away From Me" and "Blow Your Whistle Freight Train," proving the continued relevance of Alton and Rabon's music.  "The home of Country music is the perfect setting to share their personal stories and legendary songs," says Sherry Bond, publisher of the Delmore catalog.  "It will be a compelling hour, and one their fans won't want to miss."
 
The Farmer and Adele  (Keenan Wade and Grace Adele)
Credit: Martha Moore

Lauded as one of the greatest brother duos of all time Alton (December 25, 1908 - June 8, 1964) and Rabon (December 3, 1916 - December 4, 1952) captured listeners with their elegant harmonies, skillful songwriting and Blues-influenced sound.  Their posthumous induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001 marked a career that began at a fiddling contest in 1926.  As Alton explains in his book, each act needed a stage name to enter the competition.  "The boy at the door said, 'since you two are brothers, why don't you just call yourselves the Delmore Brothers?'"  Ninety years later, the name still exemplifies the best in traditional Country music and continues to resonate with fans old and new. 
Admission to the program is free with museum admission or a museum membership. For more information about the program, visit countrymusichalloffame.org.
ABOUT DELMORE BROTHERS
Alton and Rabon were born in Elkmont, Alabama and a stone monument was erected in their honor at the Elkmont Town Hall on November 12, 2016.  The brothers enjoyed success from 1926-1952 and starred on the Grand Ole Opry throughout the 1930s.  They were pioneers of the Country genre who enjoyed enormous popularity and a string of hits that includes standbys: "There's More Pretty Girls Than One," "Beautiful Brown Eyes," "Southern Moon," "When It's Time for the Whippoorwill to Sing," and "Fifteen Miles to Birmingham."  

ABOUT CMHF     
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum collects, preserves, and interprets country music and its history for the education and entertainment of diverse audiences. In exhibits, publications, and educational programs, the museum explores the cultural importance and enduring beauty of the art form. The 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 is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and in 2015 welcomed over one million patrons, placing it among the ten most-visited history museums in the U.S. The Country Music Foundation operates Historic RCA Studio BTM, Hatch Show Print® poster shop, CMF Records, the Frist Library and Archive, and CMF Press. Museum programs are supported by Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 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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