Last Tuesday, My friend Drea and I went to the All 4 The Hall Benefit show at the Bridgestone Arena. Presented by Keith Urban and Vince Gill, the Nashville event to raise money for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has entered its 5th year. The lineups have changed since my first year attending (2011) and the difficulty of finding tickets has too, but the meaning and purpose of the night hasn’t changed at all.
The event merges together the worlds of Country Past, Present, and Future by showcasing today’s up and coming acts with their material and that which inspired them. There are also legends and Hall of Famers such as Reba and Ronnie Milsap who performed some of their biggest hits and the story behind them.
The theme of the night was to be Songtellers, which is what all artists and writers do; they express a story or a feeling in song. Dolly Parton (not in attendance, via video) explained it as one of her most treasured activities.
Artists would sing one of their more popular hits or some new material explaining how the song what written and the story behind it. They then would cover a song written by someone in the hall and explain how they influenced them. For anyone who is as big of a Music History/Research geek like I am it was a real treat. And getting to see my favorite artists cover such amazing legends reinforced the concept that history is so important to Country Music. Preserving it, preserving the Hall is key to its longevity and to the education of the next generation. It is also where we honor those who forged a path for country music to be the genuine and honest music it is.
Some of my favorite performances of the night were Kacey Musgraves cover of “Here You Come Again” (Dolly Parton), Kip Moore singing “Dirt Road”, Deana Carter singing “Strawberry Wine”, Reba singing her version of “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia”, and Keith Urban Showing up in the back of the arena to sing near my section. Not to mention every act had Vince Gill and Keith Urban as their band…not too shabby.
The night ended up raising about $600,000.00 for the Hall which will go to offering new programs, renovations, and educational opportunities.
My Best- JessCheck out the Set List here: All 4 The Hall