Tuesday Evening (Feb. 13), New York City fans had a rare opportunity to see country legends, Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris with Grammy winner, Maren Morris & pop star, Kesha, at The Country Music Hall of Fame’s All for the Hall benefit concert.
The fundraising event, which took place at Times Square’s Playstation Theater, was staged as a traditional guitar-pull style format and featured the artists taking turns singing songs and swapping stories.
Leading the charge, Country Music Hall of Fame member and All for the Hall founder, Vince Gill, introduced his all female guests on to the stage before kicking off several rounds of hit songs between the four powerful artists. Highlights included the first live rendition of Maren Morris and Vince Gill’s, “Dear Hate”, a song Morris penned in 2015 after the mass shooting in Charleston and released later to benefit the victims of violence in Las Vegas.
Another standout was Emmylou Harris’ “If I Needed You.” A true gem in Harris’ catalog, she dedicated the song to her duet partner on the track, the late Don Williams.
“I still love making records. I’ve been making them for 44 years,” Gill exclaimed mid-show, before introducing a new song, “Forever Changed.” The emotional ballad tells the story of a sexual assault from a female’s perspective, leaving the capacity audience completely moved.
Throughout her turns, Kesha shared stories of her singer-songwriter Mom, Pebe Sebert and her country music roots, before adding a country twist to her chart-topping pop-dance songs. Closing out the show, Kesha performed an acoustic edition of the first number one song that she wrote with her mom, “My Love Is Your Drug.” Morris, Harris & Gill joined her for a chorus of voices, while the audience clapped along, proving to be a crowd favorite.
The sold out show was a success for the Country Music Hall of Fame. Proceeds from the night will support the museum’s education programs, which teach audiences about the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music.
Thanks for supporting Country Music in NYC!
– Team NYCountry Swag