The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, located in downtown Nashville, had a busy 2023. The year started off with the museum celebrating the 100th birthday of the late Sun Records founder Sam Phillips on Feb. 1. The event included a Q&A with Phillip’s son, Jerry Phillips. He talked about topics such as how his father opened the studio with hopes of recording blues music, how he was looking to break down barriers, and how the business is moving through the family.
March marked a new part of the museum opening with the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame Room. This room features a fully-restored and functioning historic console that used to be used for mixing shows at the historic Grand Ole Opry.
The spring saw the museum host “An Evening with Jimmy Webb: Celebrating 50 Years of Music & Friendship with Glen Campbell” in April. Hosted by Webb, who wrote many of Campbell’s famous hits, the event also included performance by Campbell’s daughter, Ashley Campbell and Thor Jensen.
In May, the museum celebrated four new additions to the Music City Walk of Fame. MHOF&M CEO and Co-Founder Linda Chambers and her late husband/MHOF&M Co-Founder Joe Chambers, country superstar Eric Church and former Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp CEO Butch Spyridon were the four honorees, inducted by Garth Brooks during the ceremony.
One of the most photographed statue in Nashville was relocated to the Museum in June. The bronze statue of Chet Atkins previously sat on the corner of 5th and Union, before being unveiled at the museum in a ceremony hosted by Chambers and country artist Steve Wariner. The summer was rounded out by the release of the MHOF&M’s coffee table book, which features the museums instruments and the stories behind them.
September was packed full at the museum, as they opened a satellite retail store at Nashville International Airport. Additionally on Sept. 24, music icon Ringo Starr was honored as the newest inductee into the Musicians Hall of Fame, and was presented with the Joe Chambers Musicians Legacy Award. The private ceremony was hosted by Linda Chambers, and had special appearances by presenters Brenda Lee and Peter Frampton. Additional inductees into the Musicians Hall of Fame this year include Billy F Gibbons, Don McLean, Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives (Chris Scruggs, Harry Stinson, Kenny Vaughan, and Mick Conley), Ray Stevens, Vince Gill, George Massenburg and James William Guercio.
Looking to 2024, the museum plans to focus on featuring diverse artistry, as well as welcoming more visitors by offering audio tours in Chinese, French and Spanish.
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