MHOF Has New Home in Nashville
When the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Nashville, Tennessee, in June 2006, the founders wanted to honor, not only celebrity-status musicians, but also session musicians who form the backbone of the recording industry, but are often overlooked and unacknowledged. The Musicians Hall of Fame (MHOF) honors all musicians, irrespective of what instrument they play or what genre their music is classified under. Having grown and developed over the years, the MHOF recently moved into a new home which has been renamed as the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum at Historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium.
The first annual inductees of the MHOF included The Funk Brothers, The Wrecking Crew, The Nashville A-Team, The Blue Moon Boys, The Tennessee Two and The Memphis Boys. Entertainment at the very first inaugural ceremony was provided by Peter Frampton, Amy Grant, Garth Brooks, BJ Thomas, Dobie Gray and Rodney Crowell, among others. More musicians were inducted into the MHOF in 2008 and 2009, with the organization closing for a time when the city of Nashville purchased the property on which it was situated to develop into a convention center.
The MHOF’s new 200,000 square foot home includes a 10,000 seat auditorium and a 68,000 square foot exhibition area, offering plenty of room to display the museum‘s vast collection of memorabilia and instruments that were owned and played by renowned musicians and the unsung heroes of the music world. The driving force behind the project is songwriter, producer and guitar store owner, Joe Chambers, who saw the need to recognize session and studio musicians for their talent and dedication in bringing popular music to the listening public. Certainly, music-lovers will find that the MHOF is well worth a visit.