Renowned songwriter Luke Laird will be featured in the next installment of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s in-depth interview series, Poets and Prophets, on Oct. 28 at 2:30 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater.
The series features songwriters who have made significant contributions to country music. The interview is included with museum admission, and will be illustrated with vintage photos, film and recordings. After the program, Laird will sign commemorative Hatch Show Print posters.
A native of Hartstown, Pennsylvania, Laird moved to Tennessee after high school to attend Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). In the more than 25 years since, he has become one of country’s most sought-after songwriters. After graduating from MTSU with a degree in recording industry management in 2001, he took a job as Assistant Tour Manager for Country Music Hall of Fame members Brooks & Dunn. The following year, Laird signed his first publishing contract.
He has penned more than 20 No. 1 songs since 2007, when Carrie Underwood reached the top of the country chart with “So Small,” which she co-wrote with Laird and Hillary Lindsey. Laird’s biggest hits include Eric Church’s “Drink in My Hand,” Sara Evans’ “A Little Bit Stronger,” Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” and Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins’ “Hillbilly Bone.”
As a producer, he has worked with Brett Eldredge, Mickey Guyton, Thomas Rhett and others. He co-produced Kacey Musgraves’ albums Same Trailer Different Park, which won a Grammy for Best Country Album, and Pageant Material, contributing to six songs on each album. Laird also co-wrote the Grammy-winning song “Space Cowboy” on Musgraves’ third major-label album, Golden Hour.
His other accolades include six CMA Triple Play Awards and ACM Songwriter of the Year. In 2011, Laird and his wife, Beth Mason Laird, co-founded Creative Nation, a music publishing, management, artist development and record company. He released his debut solo album, Music Row, in 2020.
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