Miranda Lambert and the Country Music Hall of Fame

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Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access Exhibition to Open May 16 at the Country Music Hall of Fame
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(615) 416-2084

Emily Hester
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Opening Festivities to Include Songwriter Session, Family Program,
Film Screening and Songwriters Round

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 23, 2014 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore a year in the life of Grammy Award-winning superstar Miranda Lambert with the exhibition Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access, which opens May 16, 2014, and runs through November 9, 2014. The exhibit will feature gowns, stage costumes, awards and much more; Lambert’s own Tweets will provide the narrative thread of this journey through the artist’s life in 2013.

Opening weekend festivities will include a Songwriter Session featuring Lambert’s Pistol Annies bandmate Ashley Monroe, a songwriting program for families and a free film screening. Later in the month, songwriters Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby and Jimmy Robbins will participate in a songwriter round. (A detailed schedule of grand opening activities is below.)

“Miranda Lambert is one of contemporary music’s most popular and acclaimed artists, and for good reason,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “She’s a dynamic performer; an emotive and powerful vocalist whose voice is equally at home with lyrics tough or tender; and a songwriter with a deft touch for feeling and place. Her numerous hits, from empowering anthems like “Gunpowder and Lead” to introspective set pieces like “The House That Built Me,” are rich contributions to country music’s storytelling tradition. We are looking forward to taking our visitors behind the scenes with Miranda during her amazing successes in 2013.” Lambert’s fifth album, Platinum, is set for release June 3. The first single, “Automatic,” is her highest charting first-week single to date.

Among the artifacts included in Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access are:

Roberto Cavalli gown with plunging neckline Lambert wore at the 2013 CMA Awards
Blue vintage-style lace dress Lambert wore in her music video for “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Rolling pink wardrobe case from Lambert’s Locked & Reloaded Tour with Dierks Bentley
Black Ani & Ari corset with pink flames Lambert wore at LP field during CMA Music Fest
Jovani dress embellished with chains and studs worn at the 2013 ACM awards
Custom Gibson acoustic guitar with pink finish and pearloid pickguard
A prototype of the Miranda by Miranda Lambert platinum-colored boots worn on the Platinum album cover
Outfit Lambert wore in the “We Were Us” music video with Keith Urban

Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access Grand Opening Month Program Schedule

All programs are included with museum admission and free to museum members, except as noted below.

Saturday, May 17 11:30 a.m.
Songwriter Session: Ashley Monroe
Ashley Monroe co-wrote every song on her acclaimed 2013 release, Like a Rose. The album was named the #1 country album of 2013 by writers at the New York Times, Rolling Stone and Billboard, and was produced by country superstar Vince Gill. As one-third of the trio Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley, she contributed lead and harmony vocals and songwriting credits to the group’s top-selling albums Hell on Heels and Annie Up. Monroe co-wrote Lambert’s #1 hit “Heart Like Mine,” and her songs have been recorded by Jason Aldean (“The Truth”), the Nashville cast (“A Life That’s Good”), Guy Clark, Vince Gill, Cassadee Pope, Carrie Underwood, Rhonda Vincent and Dwight Yoakam. Limited seating. Program pass required.

Saturday, May 17 1:00 p.m.
Family Program: Songwriting 101
Create a song with professional songwriters as you learn songwriting fundamentals, including the basics of song form, rhyme scheme, meter and secrets behind the creative process. Participants will analyze a song written by Miranda Lambert and learn about what inspires and motivates her as a songwriter. Ages 7–12. Takes place in the Taylor Swift Education Center. Children and up to two accompanying adults may attend the program and tour the museum at a discounted rate. Visit CountryMusicHallofFame.org for details.

Sunday, May 18 2:00 p.m.
Film Screening: Revolution: Live by Candlelight (2010)
Miranda Lambert tells the stories behind her songs and performs intimate acoustic versions of some of the hits from her ACM Album of the Year Revolution. 28 minutes. Free

Saturday, May 24 1:30 p.m.
Songwriter Round: Miranda as Muse: Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby and Jimmy Robbins
Hear the songwriters behind the Miranda Lambert hits “Automatic,” “Baggage Claim,” “Only Prettier,” “We Were Us” (with Keith Urban) and “White Liar” perform these songs and others and tell the stories behind them. Nicolle Galyon has also written songs for Danielle Bradberry and Lady Antebellum. Natalie Hemby’s other hits include “Downtown” (Lady Antebellum) and “Pontoon” (Little Big Town). Jimmy Robbins also wrote “Sure Be Cool if You Did” (Blake Shelton) and “Whatever She’s Got” (David Nail). Limited seating. Program pass required.

Museum programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and by an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.

More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.

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Revising My Easter Post

Dearest Readers:

This will be another brief post since my eye is still beet red and just a bit swollen. I suppose it is time for me to make an appointment with my eye doctor, just to confirm that the redness is from the pollen. I will be so happy when this pollen ends. It is so thick this year, I can watch it blowing in the wind.

Yesterday, I wrote a brief post about Easter, describing what Easter means to me. The blessed memories of my grandmother, the celebrations we shared in church. However, I left out one important reason for the season of Easter, and that is the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

According to the website, http://christianity.about.com/od/holidaytips/qt/whatiseaster.htm
“Christians believe, according to Scripture, that Jesus came back to life, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross. As part of the Easter season, the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion is commemorated on Good Friday, always the Friday just before Easter. Through his death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty for sin, thus purchasing for all who believe in him, eternal life in Christ Jesus.”

For those who read my post, I apologize for leaving this important information out. I suppose I was focusing on the memories of my grandmother and simply forgot to discuss the resurrection. Added to that, my silly eye problems.

I hope your Easter was a time to reflect and to remember why we celebrate Easter.

Happy Easter to The World!

Dearest Readers:

This will be an extremely brief post on my blog due to issues — all due to the pollen — with my right eye. If I go outside without sunglasses, my right eye is kissed with pollen — turning beet red. So, since this will be brief, please allow me to get to the point of this blog.

Today, all around the world, is Easter. A day to celebrate, appreciate, and recognize this holiday is significant since it is all related to the passing of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Today, we celebrate in remembrance of the significance of Jesus Christ.

To all of my family and friends, I wish you a joyous celebration. We will celebrate with an Easter dinner with a few of our friends. I hope all of you are remembering and enjoying this Easter Sunday. Today in Charleston, the weather is a bit ‘iffy’ with gray clouds, much wind, and I am quite certain the pollen is ‘blowing in the wind.’

I am a bit pleased that we have plans with friends since my eye is so red — AGAIN! I suppose I will have to make an eye doctor’s appointment — only to be told — ‘your right eye is allergic to the pollen!’ What do you want to bet that will be the diagnosis?!???

On this day, Easter Sunday, I like to reflect on some of the good memories I have about Easter and my childhood. Normally, our Easter Sunday was spent with my maternal grandparents. The four girls in our family received Easter baskets from the Easter bunny, until we started questioning the “Easter bunny.” Nevertheless, every Easter Sunday, we received new Easter dresses from our grandparents. How I LOVED dressing up at Easter time. Dressing up in my ‘Sunday Best’ — as good ole Southern women would whisper — wearing nylons, or tights, a beautiful, brightly colored Easter dress, and new heels. I say heels because they were the only Easter shoes I EVER desired. Those of you who know me and the high heels I wear must understand — don’t you? I LOVE nylons and high heels!

On those special Easter Sundays of my youth, I recall the church we went to would have an Easter picnic at the fellowship hall. All of us ‘little ladies’ would prance around — or would it be — priss around — to show our Easter dresses off to all of the boys. I remember spinning around, and walking as if I had a book on my head! Such a prissy little brat! The dinner contained every delicious dish you could ever imagine eating, including the Easter cakes, Southern desserts, and one little woman would bring a “Jesus birthday cake.”

Such delicious memories I have, and I confess, as an adult, I have never enjoyed Easter nearly as much since losing my grandmother. I have no idea how my sisters feel about Easter, but my memories of Grandma and Papa and our Easters at their house were the best. I remember sitting next to Grandma. She would open her Holy Bible to the scriptures, underlining these precious words with a red ink pen. No highlighters! I remember singing along with the choir, and occasionally glancing at some of the boys. When Grandma patted me on the leg, I knew — I must behave and pay attention to ‘the word of our Lord.’ How I wish I had Grandma’s Holy Bible in my collection of books. I have no idea what happened to it, but I do recall she wrote the complete and final request of how her funeral was to be in the back pages of that Bible. Her one song request, “Asleep in Jesus.” I found it at a music store and someone sang it at her funeral. How I hope and pray someone in our family still has Grandma’s Holy Bible. If I did, I would open it today to read and reminisce about those Easter Sundays with Grandma. I would look at and touch the words highlighted in red ink, knowing that many, many years ago, my Grandmother touched those same words! Maybe one day soon I’ll write a story about Grandma’s Holy Bible.

Not a bad idea!

Happy Easter, World. Let us all appreciate what this season represents.

My Thoughts About Freewriting

Dearest Readers:
Many of you are actively reading my blog and for that I thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Some of you have asked if I allow others to write on my blog. The answer to that question is “No.” As a writer with a web presence, I do not allow others to post, simply because I do have a reputation to maintain, and I spend a bit of time working on my blog, when time permits. However, I do, occasionally, post press releases from others and they receive the credit for these releases. As a writer, I love promotion and marketing and work hard to share with my reading public.

Today, I shall freewrite. It has been about two weeks since I’ve posted anything on my blog and that is the reason for this discussion today. I have a busy week ahead of me and will share information about that at a later date. Tomorrow, I have Weight Watchers. Most of you know I am an active member of Weight Watchers and I am still struggling to break that bloody plateau I have fought so hard with. Weight Watchers has a new benefit now to their program. We get a card, referred to as the “No Weigh In” card. We can use it on weeks when weight loss is depressing us, or we feel we just do not want to be weighed. I call it my ‘get out of jail free’ card – a Monopoly game card. I have used my get out of jail free card three times, so far this year. Weight is lingering on me, although inches are FALLING OFF and for that – this chick is thrilled! All of my shorts will be going to Goodwill as soon as I complete the dreaded spring cleaning.

In the event you are curious IF Weight Watchers measures you – the answer is NO! All we do is get weighed every week, and that is confidential. No one can glance down to read what the scale reveals. Only the Weight Watchers leaders know and they record the loss or gain privately.

BUT!!! Why are you writing about Weight Watchers? Perhaps you are wondering why – well, it is simple – freewriting is a dreaded chore that writers do to write, or get the mojo working again. Today, with so many things to do, freewriting might get me motivated again. Let us hope so!

Many of you reading my blog have asked private messages of how long I have written and how do I think of so many topics??? Simple. I am alive. When something ruffles my feathers, when inspiration moves me, or when I feel I need to jump on my soapbox, I write. Normally, I allow the documents written to ‘get cold’ meaning – they have sat for a bit of time, then I re-read them, and I post. I confess, this doesn’t always happen, but I am trying to get in the habit. Silly me! Effective today, I am writing blog subjects in a Microsoft Word document – not straight into my blog. After all, I want to have a record of what I am writing – not simply rushing to my blog to find the documents.

Freewriting is an action we writers will do for about five to ten minutes. Seems I forgot to time my freewriting after a phone call interruption. The first call was another bloody telemarketer, and if you are a telemarketer and want to call me to inquire about a survey which will take 10 to 15 minutes – guess what – your survey is much too long to get my opinion – and I’m certain I DO have an opinion. After all, those who know me recognize and describe me as an opinionated woman! Funny, last year at my high school reunion I was described as ‘shy’ — ‘timid’ — ‘someone who we don’t remember…’ Thank goodness that innocent little girl grew up to become someone who DOES have an opinion and someone who ‘makes an entrance…’ Gees…I have to laugh at that description, but it is nice to hear others say now – “Oh…I remember YOU!”

Good or bad? Who knows. By now, you are probably wondering – just where is Barbie Perkins-Cooper going with this posting? Well…it’s called freewriting for a reason.

The second, third, and FOURTH phone calls were from my husband. He has the tendency to phone me LOTS…and IF he doesn’t get me on the landline, he will phone my cell. If I don’t answer, he calls the landline again…Some men are such pains when they want to speak to you…and what they have to say, could definitely wait a bit…but that is HOW my husband is on a day when I have thousands of things to do – such as today!

Maybe on that note, it is time for me to start the Zumba DVD and dance. I need to release a bit of frustration and music is so therapeutic! Yep, I think should play the music and dance. I absolutely detest freewriting! Have a great week, readers.