Keith Urban, Vince Gill and Friends Tell the Stories of Their Songs at All 4 the Hall Concert

photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Keith Urban and Vince Gill welcomed a stellar lineup of country stars as they hosted their fifth annual All 4 the Hall concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tuesday night (May 6), to help benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The nearly three-hour show gave fans their money’s worth and more, with stars like Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Kacey Musgraves and others performing two songs apiece during the evening.

(From left) Mike Fisher, Carrie Underwood and Darius Rucker
photot by Rick Diamond/Getty Images
for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Each year’s Hall concert carries a special theme, with this year’s show saluting “Songtellers,” artists who have written some of country’s classic tunes. Keith spoke to the spontaneity of the evening when he told the packed house, “We have no idea what we’re gonna do tonight.” At that, Keith, Vince and the house band for the evening lit into The Everly Brothers’ “Wake Up Little Susie,” a No. 1 hit on both the pop and country charts in 1957.

Lee Ann Womack then introduced a new song, “The Way I’m Livin’,” from her upcoming album and performed her hit “A Little Past Little Rock” before Keith made the only slip-up of the night. He started to introduce David Nail and realized that the next guest was actually Brett Eldredge. “I completely messed that up,” Keith said, laughing. Brett shared that he attended the first All 4 the Hall show as an audience member and was now proud to be onstage as a performer.

The evening was chock-full of highlights, including a duet between David Nail and Lee Ann Womack on the Glen Campbell hit “Galveston.” Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood each performed a Dolly Parton tune, with Kacey doing a perfect rendition of “Here You Come Again” and Carrie displaying her incredible range on “I Will Always Love You.” Carrie praised Dolly as “one of the most amazing singers ever.” Dolly herself made an appearance on video, and expressed her regrets that she was unable to attend in person.

Reba McEntire by Rick Diamond/Getty Images
for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Reba McEntire drew the loudest cheers of the night when she was introduced by Vince. Reba got into the spirit of the evening as she related a story about “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” which was first given to songwriter Bobby Russell’s wife, Vicki Lawrence. “I loved it so much that 20 years later, I recorded it,” Reba said. Reba reprised that tune, which eventually became a hit for her, along with the theme song to her Reba TV sitcom, “I’m a Survivor.”

Kip Moore by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images
for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Kip Moore previewed a brand-new song, “My Baby’s Gone,” and also treated the crowd to his current hit, “Dirt Road.” The fans enthusiastically welcomed favorites Deana Carter, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Ronnie Milsap, who is set to be inducted as one of the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year. Ronnie rattled the rafters with his hits “Smoky Mountain Rain” and “Stranger in My House.” Brantley Gilbert performed his latest hit, “Bottoms Up,” and a new song, “Grown Ass Man,” in two separate sets.

The special evening came to a rousing close as Darius Rucker sang his first No. 1 country hit, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” sharing the story behind the song. Most of the cast joined Darius for the finale, the singalong sensation “Wagon Wheel.”

If you couldn’t make this year’s show, keep an eye out for the 2015 All 4 the Hall event. You won’t get this kind of night anywhere else.

(From left) Hall of Fame’s Kyle Young, Brett Eldredge, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Deana Carter, Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Kacey Musgraves, David Nail, and Borman Entertainment’s Gary Borman
photo by Rick Diamond_Getty Images by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

 

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