The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum hosted its annual year-end celebration in honor of Words & Music, the museum’s flagship education program. Middle Tennessee participants and their families gathered in the museum’s Ford Theater for Words & Music Night along with host and EMI Nashville recording artist Gary Allan. Students performed songs composed in the program alongside a professional songwriting partner. For 37 years, Words & Music has connected students with professional songwriters for a one-of-a-kind lesson in musical composition and language skills, offering educators a unique approach to teaching core curriculum.
For more information on the Words & Music program, visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org/wordsandmusic.
Platinum selling recording artist Gary Allan visited the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to view his songwriting materials on display in the Taylor Swift Education Center. The singer/songwriter is lending one of his favorite 1948 Gibson J200 acoustic guitars, three of his leather-bound songbooks and his favorite John Lennon edition Mont Blanc writing pen to the center, hoping to inspire a new generation of budding songwriters. “I am very honored to have some of my personal things on display in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This is the place where all the legends are, so this is a big deal to me,” said Allan. “Some kids may think they need a computer or instruments to get started. I want kids out there to know that all you really need to write a song is a pen, a piece of paper and a little creativity,” Allan said to the Associated Press. “Songwriting is a great outlet. It can be a wonderful form of creative expression, it can be therapeutic and it’s fun!”
Allan’s songbooks on display contain several of his biggest radio hits including the #1 smash “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)” co-written by Allan, 2015 CMA Song of the Year Award winner Hillary Lindsey and Matt Warren. On display, visitors of the Taylor Swift Education Center can see Allan’s handwritten pieces including a co-write with longtime friend and GRAMMY® nominated songwriter Odie Blackmon and Sarah Buxton as well as the framed handwritten lyrics to Allan’s favorite song he has written, “Puttin’ Memories Away.”
“Music education sits at the core of our mission at the Museum. We host hundreds of education programs in our Taylor Swift Education Center each year, and songwriting is at the heart of our flagship program Words & Music,” said Ali Tonn, the Museum’s Director of Education and Public Programming. “We’re thrilled to be able to feature artifacts Gary Allan used to craft so many of his hits and hope that this installation will inspire and encourage young, budding songwriters.”
After viewing the display, Allan posed with his manager and team members of The Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum.
Hollywood has the Los Angeles Lakers.
Nashville has the PBR.
While movie stars and other celebrities have been clamoring for court-side seats since Magic Johnson led the Showtime offense, Nashville’s own celebrities have made professional bull-riding events a who’s who affair for the Western lifestyle.
An advance of the upcoming Professional Bull Riding event at Bridgestone Aug. 21 and 22.
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MCA Nashville recording artist Gary Allan’s new video for his sexy single “Hangover Tonight” made its debut just days ago on Billboard.com.
Last week, Allan was the official kick off for 2015’s CMA Music Festival. Fans flooded through the gates as they opened racing to get as close to the stage and Gary as possible. When Allan took the stage on Thursday morning an estimated 20,000 were in attendance. He and his band performed hit after hit including Allan’s current single. With summer full swing, fans were singing Allan’s current single “Hangover Tonight” along with the singer while holding drinks in the air along with hand painted signs. One of the most memorable was a trio of signs exclaiming the fans wanted to “sop (Allan) up with a biscuit.”
Allan also celebrated his 2015 Music Fest in a more intimate setting with yet another sold out fan club party, performing for over 1,000 fans at Rocketown. After an electrifying performance and Q&A session with the audience, Allan posed for photos with each and every fan.
This week Allan heads to the SouthWest to headline shows in Midland, Stockdale and Grand Prairie, Texas.