Country Music Veterans and Newcomers Convene at All for the Hall

Keith Urban and Vince Gill Again Attract Stellar Cast for Country Music Hall of Fame Fundraiser

Keith Urban and Vince Gill remain the creative sources behind the All for the Hall concert series, and they apparently had no problems in assembling another stellar lineup for Tuesday night’s (April 12) fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

The sixth annual All for the Hall concert featured Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Emmylou Harris, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Maddie & Tae, Maren Morris, Tracy Lawrence and Peter Frampton.


In an interview with CMT Hot 20 Countdown, Urban said this year’s concert was designed to celebrate the diversity of Nashville.

“It’s such an eclectic town,” he said. “It always has been, but this year especially, I think we’ve, we’re seeing it all within our genre, too. Country has just exploded in all directions right now, so we’re representing a lot of that diversity on the show. … There’s just a big diversity of artists who all live and work in town.”

Gill told Hot 20 that the concert always includes a mix of relative newcomers and veterans.

“A ton of new kids just had their first hit … and are just getting started,” he said. “It’s all circular. You’re supposed to encourage these young ones along and be supportive of them and cheer them on.

“Just talking to Chris Janson today, just hearing his struggles. He’s knocking it out of the park, but then there’s also all this new stuff to him. And I think he he enjoys talking to somebody like me that’s seen and been there and done most of it, you know, a few times. So it’s big fun for all of us. But at the end of the day, we get to cheer them on, lift them up and just be musicians like we’ve always intended to be.”

Tuesday’s concert raised approximately $500,000 for the museum’s music education programs. The previous five concerts generated more than $2.6 million.

With the concert taking place less than a week following the death of Merle Haggard, the All for the Hall concert also served as a tribute to the County Music Hall of Fame member.

“With his passing, a lot of artists were already calling me saying, ‘Hey, can I change up my second song? I want to do a Hag song,’” Urban said. “And before we knew it, we had a lot of songs happening. But we really want to give our thanks to him for everything he’s done. He’s an absolute icon.”

Keith Urban and Vince Gill

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - APRIL 12:  Vince Gill (L) and Keith Urban perform onstage during All For The Hall at the Bridgestone Arena on April 12, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum) John Shearer/Getty Images for The Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum

Vince Gill
attends All For The Hall at the Bridgestone Arena on April 12, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Getty Images for The Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum

Luke Bryan
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - APRIL 12:  (L-R) Luke Bryan, Vince Gill and Keith Urban perform durring All For The Hall at the Bridgestone Arena on April 12, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum) Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum

Sam Hunt
attends All For The Hall at the Bridgestone Arena on April 12, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Getty Images for The Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum

Emmylou Harris
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - APRIL 12:  Singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris performs onstage during All For The Hall at the Bridgestone Arena on April 12, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum) Getty Images for The Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum

Florida Georgia Line
attends All For The Hall at the Bridgestone Arena on April 12, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Getty Images for The Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum

Peter Frampton
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - APRIL 12:  Musician Peter Frampton performs onstage during All For The Hall at the Bridgestone Arena on April 12, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum) Getty Images for The Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum

Chris Janson
attends All For The Hall at the Bridgestone Arena on April 12, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Getty Images for The Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum

Maddie & Tae
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - APRIL 12:  Taylor Dye (L) and Madison Marlow of Maddie & Tae perform onstage during All For The Hall at the Bridgestone Arena on April 12, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum) Getty Images for The Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum

Maren Morris
attends All For The Hall at the Bridgestone Arena on April 12, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Getty Images for The Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum

Tracy Lawrence
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - APRIL 12:  Tracy Lawrence performs onstage during All For The Hall at the Bridgestone Arena on April 12, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum)