Photos: WO Smith Benefit; CMHoF Words And Music Night

Stars Perform at WO Smith Benefit Concert

Billy Currington, Ronnie Milsap, Phil Vassar and the Lost Trailers performed at Tuesday night’s (4/24) fifth annual Dustin J. Wells Gift of Music Foundation benefit concert at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. Proceeds from the event benefit the W.O. Smith Music School which provides 50 cent music lessons to Nashville’s under-served children.

Pictured (L-R): Billy Currington, Ronnie Milsap and Phil Vassar with members of the W.O. Smith School student band. Photo: Aaron Crisler / The Judy Nelon Group

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Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum hosts 33rd annual Words & Music Night

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum hosted its 33rd annual Words & Music Night on Tuesday (4/24). Diamond Rio hosted the event during which Nashville-area students performed their original songs accompanied by professional songwriters. Words & Music Night is the culmination of the year-long Words & Music program where students learn about the lyric-writing process and write or co-write lyrics in the classroom; the lyrics are then given to professional songwriters, who refine their lyrics and add melodies.

Pictured (L-R): Director of Education and Public Programs Ali Tonn, Diamond Rio’s Dan Truman and Gene Johnson, Museum Director Kyle Young, DR’s Marty Roe and Jimmy Olander, Vice President of Museum Programs Jay Orr and School Programs Manager Nathalie Lavine. Photo: Donn Jones



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