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A Real Hall of Fame


06/05/06
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(PR) Celebrating the essential contributions made by generations of talented musicians, the international Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum will open its’ doors on June 9th 2006. A special ribbon cutting ceremony at noon will commemorate the opening. Following the opening from 5 PM to 7 PM there will be a Super Jam in the state of the art performance hall located within the building. The Super Jam will feature some of the finest musicians in the business. Guest musicians attending will include The Original Funk Brothers (Eddie Willis, Uriel Jones, Joe Messina & Bob Babbitt), Will Lee, Danny Seraphine, David Hungate, Brent Mason, John Randall and surprise guests.

The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum is offering a special opening day admission price of $10 adults / $5 children (10 and under). The Super Jam is free and open to the public.

Located in the heart of Nashville, the multi-million dollar attraction is the brainchild of Joe Chambers, who moved to Nashville in 1978 knowing only two people: producer-songwriter Billy Sherrill and country star Conway Twitty. Seeing his potential, Sherrill took it upon himself to educate Chambers about all aspects of the music business including signing him as a songwriter to his publishing company and hiring him to work at CBS Records. Sherrill allowed Chambers to look over his shoulder on sessions with Ray Charles, George Jones, Johnny Paycheck, Marty Robbins, Tammy Wynette, Elvis Costello and many others.

Chambers went on to pen hit songs for country artists George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Randy Travis and Ricky Van Shelton. In 1985, he opened the first of what was soon to be a chain of successful guitar stores. Through Chambers Guitars, he expanded his relationships with musicians of all genres from all over the world. His dream to honor musicians, in such a prestigious way, has been more than ten years in the making.

The 30,000 sq. ft. complex also includes a state of the art recording studio, 5,000 sq. ft performance hall, 1,100 sq. ft. screening theatre and music instruction rooms. Chambers plans to begin a school of music with donated instruments and professional instructors that will be aimed at helping under-privileged, school-age children receive free lessons.

Sennheiser, the acknowledged world leader in microphone technology and the first official sponsor of the facility has provided all of the audio equipment for the state of the art performance hall. TC Furlong, renowned audio engineer, has personally designed the audio systems for the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.

The museum’s exhibits will showcase instruments and artifacts of many of the most respected, talented and influential musicians of our time. Chambers has collected artifacts from rock, soul and pop history making equal space for Detroit, Memphis, Los Angeles and New York.

As rock’n’roll icon Neil Young put it recently, “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.”

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