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.
“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