Last week Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, Melissa Etheridge, and Chris Isaak all took part in a very intimate and exclusive All For The Hall benefit concert in L.A. and I was lucky enough to be offered a ticket to send one of my awesome Gab correspondents. From the review and pictures Victoria sent, I'd say it was a great show and a memorable event for all involved.
This is a very long review with a lot of pictures so I'm going to cut it off about halfway thru. You can check out the rest after the jump. Enjoy. And be sure to click the wonderful pictures to enlarge them.
Shannon – I signed a photo release document. I’m assuming that it is a “standard”. CNN and FOX were there. It wasn’t jammed with media but a nice representation. I signed-in and went to the 4th floor where we were to gather. The gal who sat down next to me was also a last minute substitution for David Mills of FrontRowNews and AllAccessVIP. We chatted and found out that we both retired from the City of Los Angeles and crossed paths at the Los Angeles Police Department in the late 1970s.
What was the event. From the CMHOF web site:
All for the Hallis the Museum’s first-ever non-bricks-and-mortar fundraising initiative. The campaign addresses the not-for-profit educational institution’s need for long-term financial security and provides a safety net for its work. Through an aggressive exhibit schedule, scholarly publications and hundreds of school and family programs, the Museum teaches its audiences about the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music.
Vince, Emmy Lou, Dwight, Kara DioGuardi, and James Dentonarrive at the pre-show press area.
Vince Gill, President, Country Music Hall of Fame Board – The event is to raise money for the Country Music Hall of Fame Foundation, to be sure that the Hall continues in its mission of documenting the history of Southern country music in America – traditional and contemporary.
Vince is busy with this event, touring, and recording some new music.
Guitar Pulls are informal getogethers of songwriters where they can enjoy doing what they do.
Vince loves satellite radio. You can listen to exactly what you want to listen to. It is an interesting time for radio as commercial radio has fewer listeners, satellite radio is giving more choices.
Vince’s shirt says ”Change your thinking; Change your world”
Tonight is a gathering of people who love this music and want to help the CMHOF. The HOF houses everything in country music from the 1920s forward and documents what went on. The All For The Hall premise is to ask everyone in country music to perform 1 night for free and donate what their fee would be to the Hall of Fame. Keith Urban and friends (Vince Gil, Faith Hill, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Taylor Swift, and Brad Paisley – live streaming on Oct. 13 on the CMHOF web site) will be doing a big concert in Nashville on October 13 to benefit the CMHOF.
Dwight Yoakam- In his opinion the CMHOF is the best museum of a particular genre of music. It has great cataloging efforts and maintains an excellent collection of material items. Dwight admonished all museums to collect and catalog.
Museums such as the CMHOF save the past so that new generations can see and hear what went before them and learn everything that is right with country music.
Emmy Lou Harris – Guitar Pulls are a long tradition among songwriters primarily. Everyone would sit around, pass around a guitar, and sing their music. It was about sharing and being generous and not being afraid to show what they do.
In Nashville everyone knows everyone and you never know who is going to get together or who might show up.
Emmy Lou’s daughter and 6-month old granddaughter, Prudence, were there. She let me take pics but didn’t pose. Prudence stole the show.
Read more and see all the pictures after the jump...