On Tuesday (Sept. 27), the Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum brought together Vince Gill, Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, James Taylor and Joe Walsh in Los Angeles for a sold-out night of live entertainment at the ninth All for the Hall benefit.
For two hours at the Novo theater, each artist took turns in the spotlight to deliver acoustic performances of their biggest hits in a traditional guitar pull.
“These shows are a gift to me because I get to invite artists I’m crazy about to come and play and sing music,” Gill said at the start of Tuesday’s show. “This night is one of the best we’ve been able to accomplish, because every one of these artists has had a huge impact on my life. It’s not just people who have come before you who have an impact on you. It’s also people who come after you and impact your life, too. These great artists do that for me.”
Gill came up with the All for the Hall concept years ago when he began asking artists to contribute a performance to the organization, and he has hosted or co-hosted every All for the Hall concert since the series began in 2007. Along with Keith Urban, Gill also co-hosts a regular All for the Hall concert in Nashville.
Musgraves admitted on Instagram that being in the company of such legendary artists on Tuesday made her cry.
The show opened with a performance by sixth graders armed with ukuleles from the local Dorris Place Elementary School with their original “Far and Wide.” The song was co-written with Grammy-winning hitmaker Liz Rose and songwriter Phil Barton through the Museum’s Words & Music program, which pairs hit songwriters with school students nationwide.
In 2016, the All for the Hall events in Nashville and Los Angeles have raised more than $900,000 for the organization’s education programs.