Kenny Rogers will bring his voice, his catalog of hits and the stories behind the music when he takes the Ford Theater stage as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s 2012 Artist-in-Residence. Rogers will present two intimate evening performances on May 9 and 10 at 7 pm.
Established in 2003, the museum’s residency program annually honors a musical master who can be credited with contributing a large and significant body of work to the canon of American popular music. Honorees are given a blank canvas—the museum’s acoustically pristine, 213-seat Ford Theater—and are encouraged to lend their own creative brushstrokes to an up-close-and-personal musical experience. Previous honorees include Cowboy Jack Clement, Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller and Connie Smith.
“Kenny Rogers is the consummate entertainer,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “As a member of a band or duo or as a solo artist, he has conquered the jazz, folk, pop and country worlds—not to mention his success as an actor and photographer. Kenny has the gift of telling stories and making you believe he lived them. We are thrilled that he will help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Artist-in-Residence program by bringing his stories and songs to the Ford Theater for two unique shows.”
A limited number of Rogers residency event tickets can be purchased by museum members at a discounted rate of $40 per show beginning Tuesday, April 3, at 10 am by visiting www.countrymusichalloffame.org. Tickets will go on sale for $50 per show to the general public at 10 am on Thursday, April 5. Sales are limited to four tickets per show, available on a first come, first served basis and are non-refundable. Additionally, the Pinnacle at Symphony Place garage is offering attendees an $8 parking option on each night.