Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/musician and music historian Marty Stuart, who was recently named as a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, will lead a lineup of his fellow country music legends Wednesday night (Oct. 28) to help generate support for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
BIG NIGHT (At the Museum) will pair historic instruments, such as guitars from Loretta Lynn and Keith Whitley, with artists including Ashley McBryde, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Kane Brown, Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs, Stuart, The War and Treaty, Dan Tyminski, Emmylou Harris, and more.
Kane Brown, a longtime Randy Travis devotee, will sing one of Travis’s signature songs, with accompaniment on Travis’s Gibson J-185KOA. Carlene Carter will play the 1928 Gibson L-5 guitar that belonged to her grandmother, Maybelle Carter, while Emmylou Harris will perform using Boudleaux Bryant’s 1961 Martin guitar as she collaborates with Crowell on one of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant’s signature songs.
Lambert will pay tribute to John Prine, performing on his David Russell Young custom guitar. McBryde will perform using Lynn’s 1956 Gibson J-50, while McGraw will play Keith Whitley’s C.W. Parsons acoustic, and Paisley will play Don Rich’s 1965 Fender Telecaster. CMHoF member Ricky Skaggs will play Bill Monroe’s 1923 Gibson F-5 mandolin. Stuart, who launched his career as a pre-teen performing in Lester Flatt’s band, will play Flatt’s 1950 Martin D-28 guitar and Monroe’s 1923 Gibson F-5 mandolin.
The Country Music Hall of Fame was closed for nearly six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in millions in lost revenues and forcing the museum to furlough much of its staff. However, the closures also allowed the museum’s staffers to bring instruments out of their storage and display cases, to be played once again.
The show will premiere at 8 p.m. CT on the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s YouTube channel. During the program, viewers will be encouraged to donate to the museum either through YouTube Giving or by texting “Donate” to 833-977-2643. There will be an auction so viewers can bid on a Gibson SJ-200 signed by all artists who are performing this evening. The auction will close at 5 p.m. CT on Nov. 1.
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