Sign up for newsletter

Hall of Fame reopens today

Friday, May 7, 2010 – The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will reopen its doors at 10 a.m. Friday after being shut due to flooding in downtown Nashville since Monday.

The museum was ready to open its doors earlier, but had to wait for the power grid in the area to be turned back on.

Museum staff continue to work on updates to the permanent exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music, and those revisions will be completed as scheduled on May 14. The accompanying opening weekend programs set for May 14-15 will also take place as planned.

"We would like to thank all of our friends and patrons who have expressed concern about our situation and offered to help," said Director Kyle Young. "The museum has sustained minor damage, but the exhibits and collections-located on the second, third and fourth floors of the building-are safe and dry and were never in danger. Emergency generators are powering climate control systems to keep the collection safe and to allow crews to work on cleanup."

At the height of the downtown flooding on Monday, the museum had five and a half feet of water in one of its mechanical rooms, which is located below ground level. Water also came into the Ford Theater, which is at street level on the corner of Fourth Avenue South and Demonbreun Street. The theater sustained some minor damage, and personnel from American Constructors (which built the museum) have already begun repair and restoration efforts.

Hatch Show Print and Historic RCA Studio B also came through the rain and flooding unscathed. The poster shop is open now, and Studio B tours will resume today.

On Saturday, May 8, Songwriter Session will feature Marcus Hummon, the writer of many hits, including Bless the Broken Road. The session will not be streamed live on our Web site as originally announced. The museum will have its Family Program (Introduction to Square Dancing) on Saturday, and Instrument Demonstration (with Tim May and Gretchen Priest-May) on Sunday. This weekend's film screening ("Brenda Lee Live from Tokyo") was cancelled.

More news for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Sweeney maintains her musical integrity – Sunny Sweeney has gone the big label route and even earned a hit with "From a Table Away," but truth be told, she's better off without the baggage of the bigs, especially given the consistent quality and musical vision that was so clearly and admirably on display on this evening. When the East Texas native started her career, she was... »»»
Concert Review: Live, Shelley proves she's the real deal – After the concert, Joan Shelley was greeted by a fan at the near sold-out club who had never seen her before. The first timer told the Louisville, Ky.-based folk-oriented singer that she wanted to see for herself if Shelley's vocals were the real deal live. The fan walked away mighty impressed -based on her comments - and it was easy to see why.... »»»
Follow Country Standard Time  Subscribe to Country News Digest  Follow Country Standard Time on twitter  Visit Country Standard Time on Facebook 

Elsewhere in the news

Currently at the CST blogs

Bingham gets personal with "American Love Song"...again A lot of the early reviews for "American Love Song," Ryan Bingham's latest set of raucous and reflective Americana brilliance, have characterized it as the singer/ songwriter's most personal album to date.... »»»
Wilson goes her own way After having huge success at the get go with "Redneck Woman," Wilson eventually went her own way and took a break. During her "hiatus," Wilson started her own label and was a "120 percent mom" to her teenage daughter.... »»»
Carll tells it like it is A visit with Hayes Carll finds him taking a rare day off at home to discuss new album "What It Is" co-produced by Brad Jones and Carll's girlfriend, Allison Moorer. "This album works around three themes; our relationship (he and Moorer), the world and myself.... »»»
The Prequel EP CD review - The Prequel EP
The saying, 'Strike while the iron's hot,' applies to many situations, but especially to the music business. The scene moves so fast these days that this last year's star could be this year's 'Where are they now?' Luke Combs »»»
Between the Country CD review - Between the Country
Ian Noe sings like a man wise beyond his years. Like Bob Dylan, back when he also started out as a young man, Noe has a vocal tone that rings true like the voice of experience. Beginning with "Irene (Ravin' Bomb)," »»»
Live at the Grey Eagle CD review - Live at the Grey Eagle
Let's just say Amanda Anne Platt and her five-piece band The Honeycutters had home court advantage playing in their hometown of Asheville, N.C. in what is as warm a live album as you'll hear. »»»