Hall of Fame Expansion; Dolly Talks Fashion; Mountain Heart on Mountain Stage

Juli Thanki | July 29th, 2011

  • Miss Leslie and Her Juke-Jointers are currently touring Europe. In this blog entry she offers up some thoughts on how people connect through live music.
  • Enter Zac Brown Band’s Summer Mishap Contest and you might win the message in a bottle from the “Knee Deep” video, signed by Brown and Jimmy Buffett.
  • Folkies, go download “I Do” from Catie Curtis’ upcoming album Stretch Limousine on Fire for free dollars.
  • Bluegrass band Mountain Heart is going to be on Mountain Stage this weekend. Find your local affiliate here.
  • The lineup for Craig Morgan’s 5th Annual Charity Ride and Concert includes Pam Tillis, Sarah Darling, and Bucky Covington.
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame launched a $75 million campaign to finance a 200,000 square foot expansion. With the new addition, the museum will double in size, triple the existing exhibit space and add additional archival storage, an 800-seat theater and a new educational center. Barry Mazor took these photos of Alan Jackson and Ricky Skaggs performing at the announcement. Also pictured is some art depicting what the expanded HoF will look like.




















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  1. Ben Foster
    July 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I’m very excited about the Hall of Fame expansion. Whenever I visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, I can never seem to have enough time there. I can’t wait to see all the great new stuff they add with the expanded space.

  2. SamB
    July 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I went to the Hall of Fame last year on holiday in Nashville, and was disappointed, after going round the museum, to find that the Hall of Fame was closed for a private fan-club party. It wasn’t the end of the world, as the museum itself is easily worth the entry fee alone, but it would have been nice to have been told beforehand (and perhaps chosen to come back another day) rather than just being a bit disappointed at the end and get less for my money than others.

    But, away with the negatives, it’s a brilliant museum, and I both had a thoroughly enjoyable time there and I learned a lot!

  3. Rick
    July 29, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Last minute Opry Alert! Tonight’s show is a mixed bag as it features Bo Bice, Steve Holy, Juice Newton, Pam Tillis and Ralph Stanley in addition to the Opry Legends.

    Speaking of the Opry, I got to see Eden’s Edge perform live last night and lead singer Hannah told the audience how the biggest thrill they’ve had this year was performing on The Opry! Opening for Brad Paisley has been fun, and they will soon be opening for Reba, but being on the Opry was fulfillment of a dream for the trio. Man do I respect new, younger artists who have that kind of love and reverence for the Opry! Go Eden’s Edge!

    I also got to see a full set from Sonia Leigh and boy does that gal cover a lot of musical territory! I had only heard “My Name Is Money” so I had no idea what to expect, but that gal and her band are seasoned pros that put on a fine show. Sonia sang songs ranging from hard rockers, to gentle ballads, to reggae, to honky tonk rave-ups, to delta blues and did a fine job on all fronts with her distinctively raspy voice. My favorite was a song she said is also her favorite which I would guess is titled “I’m Not Dead Yet” which has an REM vibe to it. The most “country” song performed was an outlaw style honky-tonk drinkin’ song I would guess was either named “Falling Off The Wagon” or “I’ll Be At The Bar”. “1978 December” was one of the fine slower paced songs she added to the genre grab-bag mix.

    Because Sonia covers so many musical styles she is truly an Americana artist in the broadest sense and I wouldn’t even call her a country artist based on what I’ve heard. I think her chances at Top 40 AirHead Country radio are slim, but with Zac Brown’s support she could easily open shows for him for years to come. I will admit to enjoying her set far more than I expected too!

  4. Paul W Dennis
    July 30, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Dan Peek’s two band members (Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunner) were classmates of mine at London Central High School (Class of 1970)and Dan was Class of 1969. I wouldn’t claim to have been close friends with any of them but it was a small school – typical graduating class about 100 – so everybody knew everybody. They would play their guitars during breaks in the locker area – their music wasn’t like anything I was hearing on the BBC – and while I was surprised when they made it big, I was pleased for their success. It scares me a little to find out about his death – sort of reinforces a sense of mortality. I haven’t spoken with any of the group since graduation but I always followed their careers – Dan turned to Christian music after cleaning up his act in the late 1970s.

  5. Paul W Dennis
    July 31, 2011 at 1:02 am

    TYPO – Dewey Bunnell

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