NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 14 , 2023) — Following flood damage which shuttered the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum for six weeks, the iconic museum kicked off a milestone year on Feb. 1, 2023, celebrating the 100th birthday of Sun Records founder Sam Phillips with a Q&A with his son, Jerry Phillips.
In March, the museum’s Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame Room — featuring a fully-restored and functioning historic console previously used for mixing the Grand Ole Opry and WSM radio shows — opened for use, and in April, the museum hosted “An Evening with Jimmy Webb: Celebrating 50 Years of Music & Friendship with Glen Campbell.”
In May, MHOF&M CEO and co-founder Linda Chambers and (posthumously) her late husband/MHOF&M co-founder Joe Chambers, along with Eric Church and Butch Spyridon, were inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame by Garth Brooks, receiving the 98th, 99th and 100th stars for their significant work of preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and contributing to the world through song.
June brought the relocation of the Chet Atkins bronze statue — the most photographed statue in Nashville — to the museum, recently displaced from its home of 23 years at the corner of 5th and Union in downtown Nashville. The unveiling ceremony was hosted by Chambers, and legendary guitarist/country artist/MHOF Inductee Steve Wariner. August saw the release of MHOF&M’s coffee table book.
In September, the museum opened a retail store at the Nashville International Airport and hosted a tour for Tommy Emmanuel’s Guitar Camp. On Sept. 24, music and culture icon Ringo Starr was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame with the Joe Chambers Musicians Legacy Award during a private ceremony. Linda Chambers was joined by presenters Brenda Lee and Peter Frampton, who spoke about their experiences with Starr and his contributions.
Starr’s private induction followed the Nov. 22, 2022 ceremony and concert inducting Billy F Gibbons, Don McLean, Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives (Chris Scruggs, Harry Stinson, Kenny Vaughan, and Mick Conley), Ray Stevens, Vince Gill, engineer George Massenburg and producer James William Guercio.
The MHOF&M moves into 2024 with a focus on featuring diverse artistry, and continues to make the museum accessible for more people with audio tours being translated to Chinese, French, and Spanish.
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About Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum:
Joe Chambers was an accomplished musician and songwriter, and, as a couple, Joe and Linda Chambers opened a chain of guitar stores, Chambers Guitars. The couple co-founded and opened the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum in 2006 on 6th Avenue South. They relocated to what is now known as the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum at Nashville’s Historic Municipal Auditorium in 2013 and also houses the GRAMMY Gallery.
The museum, revered by artists including Keith Richards, Garth Brooks and Neil Young, recently added exhibits featuring Alan Parsons, Marshall Tucker Band and drummer, Stan Lynch.
The mission of the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum is to honor all great musicians regardless of genre or instruments. This is done by exhibiting the actual instrument they used to record some of the most iconic songs in recorded history. Not only does the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum entertain local and international visitors but also educates them about the musicians who actually played on the “soundtracks of their lives.”
The Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum is a 501 (c) (3) charity organization.
“Where else are you gonna get all the cats that are in this room?” — Keith Richards
“You can see the hood ornament on the car if you go to The Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame. But, if you want to look at the engine and see what’s making it go, then you go to The Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum.” — Neil Young
“There’s so many things that an artist sings that aren’t his or her own creation. There’s so many things that you hear that make you love a record that, the truth is, ‘Joe Blow’ could have sang them. Because the song was so great and the signature licks were so identifiable that it didn’t matter who sang them. There are very few records that the artists made, but there’s a hell of a lot of them that the musicians made.” — Garth Brooks