Historic Guitars Come Out To Play at Nashville's Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum

Historic Guitars Come Out To Play at Nashville's Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum

During BIG NIGHT (At the Museum)—an unprecedented musical celebration, and a much-needed fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum—a cast of modern music masters will play timeless songs on some of country music's most treasured instruments, inside the building that preserves and protects this uniquely American story. Premiering at 8:00 PM CT October 28 exclusively here on the Museum's YouTube channel, BIG NIGHT (At the Museum) is hosted by Marty Stuart, with audio supervision from Dave Cobb, and performances from Alison Brown, Kane Brown, Carlene Carter, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Keb' Mo', Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs, Dan Tyminski, The War and Treaty, and Lucinda Williams. The event is free to view, and donations to support the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's mission are welcomed. Subscribe by clicking the button to your right, and ring the bell to get alerts about Museum content. Then tune in at 8:00 PM CT on October 28 to witness history being honored, and made.
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