Sixth Annual 'All For The Hall' Show Turns Into Haggard Tribute
April 13, 2016 at 9:58 AM (PT)
It seemed only proper that during TUESDAY night’s (4/12) “ALL FOR THE HALL” concert to benefit the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM, many artists performing had MERLE HAGGARD on their mind. A 1994 HALL inductee, HAGGARD passed away last week (NET NEWS 4/6), but his music was brought to life by VINCE GILL, EMMYLOU HARRIS, SAM HUNT, LUKE BRYAN and, well, everyone else, too.
GILL noted his sadness upon hearing of HAGGARD’s death on the legend’s 79th birthday, but said in honor of his own birthday – which was YESTERDAY – he would use his two song selections to honor HAGGARD. He then ripped through “Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down” and “The Fightin’ Side Of Me,” backed by steel guitar wizard and frequent GILL collaborator, PAUL FRANKLIN. HARRIS delivered a somber version of “Kern River,” while SAM HUNT -- who has found mainstream Country success blending elements of Hip Hop, Urban and Pop into his music -- sang a heartfelt, moving and stone-cold traditional interpretation of “The Way I Am.” HUNT preceded it by saluting the efforts of the HALL OF FAME, and mentioning how icons like HAGGARD paved the way for today’s new generation of artists. It was one of the evening’s best moments. BRYAN, the night’s final guest star, unexpectedly uncorked the HAG classic “Big City,” before leading all the evening’s performers as they reunited onstage for “Mama Tried,” the evening’s finale.
Like its five previous versions, the 6th Annual “ALL FOR THE HALL SHOW” hosted by KEITH URBAN and VINCE GILL, who also served as part of the backup band, featured a string of A-list Country stars and eclectic performers too. URBAN, who has spearheaded this show the past few years, told the crowd he wanted the musical diversity of NASHVILLE to be highlighted, earlier theming the 2016 show “MASHVILLE: THE MUSIC CITY IN 2016.” JASON ISBELL obliged, taking part in a guitar shredding jam with GILL and URBAN, on JIMI HENDRIX’s “Little Wing,” no less.
Two other performances were standouts: CHRIS JANSON electrified the crowd with “Buy Me A Boat” and a blazing cover of WAYLON JENNINGS’ “Aint Livin’ Long Like This,” which featured JANSON putting on a harmonica clinic during the song. PETER FRAMPTON covered BUDDY HOLLY’s “Peggy Sue” on a replica GIBSON J45 guitar, given to him by HOLLY’s widow, and which contained at least one fret from HOLLY’s original GIBSON built into its hollow. FRAMPTON explained all of these instruments have names – his was called, appropriately, “Peggy Sue.” He followed with his classic, “Do You Feel Like We Do” which had the sold-out BRIDGESTONE ARENA crowd on its feet.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE played ALABAMA’s “I’m In A Hurry” and their own, recently DIAMOND-certified “Cruise.” Also on the bill: MAREN MORRIS who covered DOLLY PARTON’s “9 To 5,” TRACY LAWRENCE, and MADDIE & TAE.