“I’m really nervous. This is I think the craziest guitar pull I’ve ever done,” Maren Morris said, as she prepared to play the All for the Hall show Tuesday night at New York City’s PlayStation Theater.
Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer Vince Gill led the otherwise all-female line-up, featuring fellow Hall-of-Famer Emmylou Harris, Maren, and pop star and former Nashville resident, Kesha. The show featured the classic Music City guitar pull format, with all the artists onstage at once, taking turns and contributing to each other’s songs at will.
The evening began with an example of what the Country Music Hall of Fame does with the money raised at events like this. “Every Little Thing” hitmaker Carly Pearce joined fifth-graders from PS 169 in the Bronx, as they performed “We are the Song,” a tune they wrote through the Hall’s Words & Music program.
“We’ll start with one of Rodney [Crowell]’s songs tonight,” Vince said, as he launched into “’Til I Can Gain Control Again,” a song Emmylou introduced in 1975. He also did his 1994 hit “Whenever You Come Around,” while Emmylou offered “Love and Happiness,” a track originally recorded with Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler.
In addition to her 2010 smash, “Your Love Is My Drug,” Kesha also contributed “Godzilla,” from her latest album, Rainbow.
Maren spanned her career, from her breakthrough hit, “My Church,” to her first solo #1, “I Could Use a Love Song.” She and Vince also had the rare opportunity to do “Dear Hate,” their duet Maren released shortly after the Las Vegas shooting last year.
“Was having a little bit of an off day,” Maren later shared on her socials, along with a photo of Kesha. “And then I played a round with Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and this woman who has inspired me a whole lot this year. Kesha, thank you for being so kind.”
All for the Hall New York was the tenth show of its kind, rotating between Nashville, Los Angeles, and the Big Apple. In all, it’s a tradition that’s raised more than $4 million for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
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