Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

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Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
Location401 Gay Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37219
United States
TypeHall of Fame and Museum
DirectorJoe Chambers
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The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum (MHOF) in Nashville honors all musicians regardless of genre or instrument. The MHOF timeline starts with the beginning of recorded music and inductees are nominated by current members of the American Federation of Musicians and by other music industry professionals.

First museum[edit]

The museum first opened June 6, 2006 at 301 6th Ave. S., Nashville, Tennessee Exhibits consisted of instruments owned and played by well-known artists as well as behind-the-scenes session musicians. These musicians were often the house studio musicians in cities such as Memphis, Los Angeles, Detroit, Nashville, Muscle Shoals and New York City. These musicians were often the unsung heroes behind the hits of many great artists. These relatively small groups of players often recorded the majority of hits in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The museum was voted venue of the year by the Meeting Professionals International in 2008.


2007 (1st Annual) – The Funk Brothers, The Nashville A-Team, The Wrecking Crew, The Blue Moon Boys, The Memphis Boys, The Tennessee Two. The inaugural ceremony was highlighted by the performances of Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Peter Frampton, George Jones, Amy Grant, Rodney Crowell, B.J. Thomas, and Dobie Gray honoring the evenings inductees.[1]

2008 (2nd Annual) – Billy Sherrill, The Crickets, Al Kooper, Duane Eddy, The Memphis Horns, Booker T and the MGs, The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section & Friends. Keith Richards, Kid Rock, Phil Everly and Lee Ann Womack were among the performers to welcome the inductees. Richards joined The Crickets on stage for a performance of Holly's "Don't Fade Away," which The Rolling Stones covered in 1964.[2]

2009 (3rd Annual) – Chet Atkins, Toto, Victor Feldman, Charlie Daniels, Fred Foster, Billy Cox, Paul Riser, Dick Dale. Toto was joined on stage by Rascal Flatts to perform "Rosanna," "Hold The Line," "I'll Be Over You" and "Africa". Steve Wariner, Paul Yandell, Tony Joe White and Beach Boys guitarist Al Jardine were among the other performers at the ceremony.[3]

2014 (4th Annual) – After a four-year absence due to relocating, the 2014 Induction Ceremony was held in their new location on January 28, 2014. The new inductees were Barbara Mandrell, Peter Frampton, Randy Bachmann, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Corki Casey O'Dell, Velma Smith, Will Lee, Ben Keith, Jimmy Capps, Buddy Guy, Mike Curb, and Rock legend Roy Orbison was also honored with a special posthumous honor - the 2014 "iconic riff" award for the famous guitar lick in his hit "Pretty Woman." [4]

2016 (5th Annual) - Musicians Hall of Fame held its 5th annual Induction Ceremony and Concert. Inductees included: Garth Brooks and his studio musicians The G-Men, the studio musicians from Sigma Sound Studio in Philadelphia, "Iconic Riff" winner Don Felder formerly with the Eagles for Hotel California, Ricky Skaggs, "posthumously" Jerry Reed, producer Allen Reynolds, engineers Lou Bradley, Ron 'Snake' Reynolds, Joe Tarsia, and Mark Miller. Special guests included: Kenny G, Bruce Hornsby, Steve Wariner, Russell Thompkins Jr. and Peter Frampton.

Closing and reopening[edit]

In February 2010, under the rules of eminent domain, the city of Nashville purchased the MHOF property in order to make room for the Music City Center (new convention center). On August 29, 2013 the MHOF reopened on the first floor of the historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium just off the James Robertson Parkway exit at 401 Gay Street, Nashville, TN 37219.[5] The 200,000 square foot building houses the historic 10,000 seat Municipal Auditorium. The 68,000 sq. ft. exhibit floor, which was also Nashville's first convention center, will now house the museums artifacts and museum.[6][7]


  1. ^ Gilbert, Calvin (November 27, 2007). "Unsung Heroes Honored at Musicians Hall of Fame Induction". Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  2. ^ Kreps, Daniel (October 29, 2008). "Kid Rock, Keith Richards Help Induct Crickets, Muscle Shoals Into Musicians Hall of Fame". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  3. ^ Gilbert, Calvin (October 13, 2009). "Rascal Flatts Perform With Toto During Musicians Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony". Retrieved June 14, 2013.
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  6. ^ Williams, William (May 14, 2013). "Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum to open in June". Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  7. ^ Amons, Nancy (May 9, 2013). "Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum set to reopen with new exhibits". WSMV-TV. Retrieved June 14, 2013.

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