‘We’re All 4 the Hall’ Benefit Raises $600,000 for the Country Music Hall of Fame
By Kurt Wolff
In Nashville last night, some 18 country artists performed at the annual We’re All 4 the Hall concert benefitting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The show was hosted by Keith Urban and Vince Gill, and at the end of the show, Urban took the stage to announce that, while final numbers were still being tallied, the show had already raised more than $600,000.
The show was an all-star event featuring such artists as Kacey Musgraves, Brantley Gilbert, Ronnie Milsap (who’s one of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees), Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood. The theme of the show was “Songtellers,” which as Urban recently told Radio.com was designed to showcase songwriters as well as artists who don’t always write their own material yet still feel deeply about the material they’ve chosen. “I thought it’ll be a cool, intimate evening on a large scale for people to learn something about songs they love,” Urban said.
According to a review in the Nashville Tennessean, the show featured 29 songs, including current radio singles (Urban performed “Cop Car,” Gilbert performed “Bottoms Up”), past hits (Deana Carter performed “Strawberry Wine” and “You & Tequila,” both songs she wrote) and a healthy helping of classic covers. The latter category included David Nail singing the Glen Campbell hit “Galveston” and both Underwood (who was dressed in some amazing red-and-black, flower-print pants, by the way) and Musgraves performing Dolly Parton songs (“I Will Always Love You” and “Here You Come Again” respectively). See the full set list below.
Carrie Underwood performs at the We’re All 4 the Hall benefit — see a full photo gallery from the event (Above credit: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum)
The artists were of course thrilled to participate. Not only do they get to perform alongside Urban and Gill (who played in the backing band all night), they had a chance to stand up for an organization that they all love and support.
“Country music is America’s music,” Underwood told the Tennessean. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, she continued, is “the pride of Nashville, and so many people get to go through and see it and learn about people who came before, people they didn’t even know, and feel that much more connected to our music and its artists.”
The fifth annual We’re All 4 the Hall set list:
Keith Urban and Vince Gill: “Wake Up Little Susie”
Lee Ann Womack: “The Way I’m Livin'” and “A Little Past Little Rock”
Brett Eldredge: “Beat of the Music” and “Mean to Me”
Deana Carter: “You & Tequila” and “Strawberry Wine”
David Nail: “Whatever She’s Got” and “Galveston”
Vince Gill: “What You Give Away” and “Together Again”
Keith Urban: “Somewhere In My Car”
Kacey Musgraves: “Merry Go ‘Round” and “Here You Come Again”
Brantley Gilbert: “Bottoms Up”
Mary Chapin Carpenter: “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” and “Why Shouldn’t He”
Kip Moore: “My Baby’s Gone” and “Dirt Road”
Keith Urban: “Cop Car”
Ronnie Milsap: “Smoky Mountain Rain” and “Stranger in My House”
Reba McEntire: “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” and “I’m a Survivor”
Brantley Gilbert: “Grown Ass Man”
Carrie Underwood: “I Will Always Love You” and “Last Name”
Darius Rucker: “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” and “Wagon Wheel”