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Country Music Hall of Fame Plans August Events Around Chet Atkins, Connie Smith

Connie Smith

Connie Smith is The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum's Artist in Residence for 2011.

The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum has a busy August on tap. Having just announced their plans to expand, the Museum will host live music, launch a new exhibit and allow fans to meet and greet artists.

Country Music Hall of Fame member Harold Bradley, David Briggs and Norbert Putnam will host Legends of RCA Studio B: Conversations with All the King’s Men on August 9. The event is an evening of music and storytelling with DJ Fontana, Scotty Moore, Ronnie McDowell, Millie Kirkham and Gordon Stoker of The Jordanaires. Tickets are $100 for Museum Members and $150 for the public. All proceeds benefit the preservation of the Museum’s collection as well as funding for its school, family and public programs.

On August 12, a Museum curator will give an introduction to the new exhibit, Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player. The next day, the Museum will present Music and Memories of Chet Atkins, featuring Ray Stevens, Steve Wariner and Billy Edd Wheeler. The program will be a conversation and music with Chet’s close friends and can be streamed live at CountryMusicHallofFame.org.

On August 22 and 29 as well as September 12, Connie Smith, the Museum’s artist-in-residence for this year, will be on hand to perform and meet fans along with special guests. Each evening will feature a different theme and Connie’s latest album as well as a custom Hatch Show Print will be for sale in the Museum’s store.

Continuing the celebration of the new Chet Atkins exhibit, the Museum will host the Salute To Chet Atkins by Tommy Emmanuel, C.G.P. concert. One of Australia’s most respected musicians, Emmanuel was a child prodigy and Chet became one of his biggest fans, bestowing the honor of ‘Certified Guitar Player’ upon him. The concert will stream live at CountryMusicHallofFame.org. Emmanuel will sign autographs after the show.

For a complete list of events as well as ticketing information and information on the Museum’s expansion, visit CountryMusicHallofFame.org.

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