Presenting: Voices in the Hall
Voices in the Hall, a podcast created and co-produced by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and BMP Audio will launch on Friday, Feb. 22. The podcast presents conversations with some of country music’s most fascinating and influential figures.
The podcast’s first season features interviews with Dierks Bentley, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash, producer Dave Cobb, Jessi Colter, Larry Gatlin, Country Music Hall of Fame member Emmylou Harris, Sierra Hull, Country Music Hall of Fame member Ricky Skaggs, Ray Stevens, and Charlie Worsham.
Museum Senior Director, Producer, and Writer Peter Cooper hosts the series and conducts the interviews, recorded in the museum’s audio lab by Alan Stoker, museum curator of recorded sound. Voices in the Hall is co-produced by award-winning veteran broadcasters Ben Manilla and Jennie Cataldo of BMP Audio.
“These episodes come from real conversations that can only happen at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum,” said Cooper. “Musicians are comfortable here. They know this museum exists to tell their stories and to highlight their lives, and so they want to come here where they feel respected and accepted.”
Each installment of Voices in the Hall includes complete songs rather than excerpts. “We wanted to let listeners hear full songs,” Cooper explained, “so that the audience can understand and appreciate the personal stories, influences, and careers of each artist.”
Exclusive online content will accompany every episode. The additional material will draw from the museum’s vast archives of photographs, film, manuscripts, recordings, and other items. This additional content will assure a rich and layered learning experience for listeners who want to know more.
“Each podcast episode unlocks a significant country music story, and opens the door to the tremendous resources in our archives,” said museum CEO Kyle Young. “Voices in the Hall allows us to carry the museum experience and the collection that supports it to a broader audience eager to discover more about country music and its history.”
Six episodes of Voices in the Hall will be released when the podcast debuts Feb. 22. Subsequent installments will appear every other week, one at a time, until the first season ends May 24 with the twelfth episode. A second season is slated for late 2019. The podcast will be available on Voicesinthehall.org and wherever podcasts are streamed. Follow the podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn about upcoming episodes.