Country Music Hall of Fame’s ‘Big Night at the Museum’: How, When, Where to Watch

by Halle Ames
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Due to the pandemic, the Country Music Hall of Fame museum had to close its doors in March, but the “Big Night at the Museum” is sure to get things rocking and rolling once again. Here is where, when, and how to watch the show. 

Tonight at 8 p.m. CT the Big Night at the Museum will take place for its world premiere. However, you can only watch the show on the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Museum’s YouTube channel.

It is free for anyone to watch, but viewers are encouraged to donate to the “YouTube Giving” organization, which will appear during the show. All the donations to go towards exhibitions, collections preservation, and educational programming.

The museum’s CEO, Kyle Young, said he saw videos of the penguins at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago walking around the empty building and was inspired by the emptiness around his museum. He decided to start the very first “Big Night” and began gathering performers. 

All the show performances have been filmed throughout the pandemic as the museum sat empty from March until September.  

“To stand in the middle of a museum when you’re all alone, and just hear the whir of the air conditioner,” said music legend Marty Stuart. “That is a lonesome sound, man. That is lonesome defined. There were a couple of lulls between shots. I just kind of wandered around, looked at the exhibits. I thought, ‘Man, I have this place to myself, and I don’t like it.'” 

Country Music Hall of Fame’s ‘Big Night at the Museum’

So the combination of the old and new will clash tonight with stars using instruments from music legends that hung in the museum. A few artists were in awe of the experience. 

“I was worried when I first picked (Loretta Lynn’s guitar) up because no hands have touched that guitar except in linen gloves, so I was worried initially when they told me I could pick it up because I didn’t want to get the oils from my skin on the neck of her guitar,” said Ashley McBryde. “It’s incredible. The guitar is awesome, and being in the Hall of Fame, playing a song of hers that I love so much – when you’re looking at me, “You’re Looking At Country” – such a great statement she made. It was nerve-wracking, but I can’t wait to see the whole thing put together.”

Kane Brown also touched on his thoughts on using his icon’s instrument. “Growing up, my grandfather listened to Randy’s music, and he introduced me to him. I immediately gravitated to Randy’s voice. I started playing covers of his songs and then forged a friendship with him. To be able to play and then be accompanied by Randy Travis’s guitar was surreal.”

List of Performers and Instruments

Here is a list of all the performers and the instruments they will be using tonight:

Alison Brown – Earl Scruggs’s 1930 Gibson RB Granada banjo

Kane Brown – accompanied by Randy Travis’s Gibson J-185KOA guitar

Carlene Carter – plays her grandmother Maybelle Carter’s 1928 Gibson L-5

Rodney Crowell -pays tribute to songwriters Guy Clark and Boudleaux and Felice Bryant

Emmylou Harris -partners with Crowell and uses Boudleaux Bryant’s 1961 Martin

Miranda Lambert – John Prine’s David Russell Young custom-made guitar

Ashley McBryde – Loretta Lynn’s 1956 Gibson J-50 guitar

Reba McEntire – pays homage to Patsy Cline

Tim McGraw – Keith Whitley’s C.W. Parsons acoustic guitar

Keb’ Mo’ – 1928 custom Weymann guitar played by Jimmie Rodgers

Brad Paisley – Don Rich’s 1964 Fender Telecaster

Ricky Skaggs – Bill Monroe’s 1923 Gibson F-5 mandolin

Marty Stuart – Lester Flatt’s 1950 Martin D-28 guitar

The War and Treaty pays tribute to Ray Charles

Dan Tyminski joins Paisley in performance, using Buck Owens’s red, white and blue American acoustic guitar

Lucinda Williams – Johnny Cash’s customized Martin D-35S guitar

[H/T The Tennessean]

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