The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will honor the life and music of award-winning bluegrass songwriter, publisher, journalist, label head and philanthropist, Dixie Hall at the Ninth Annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18 at the Hall of Fame’s Ford Theater.
Sponsored by the Gibson Foundation, the program is free to the public. Reservations can be made by emailing EventRSVP@CountryMusicHallofFame.org or by calling (615) 416-2081.
The program will be preceded by a reception outside the Ford Theater for attendees at 5:30 p.m.
The forum was established in 2007 to explore issues related to the business side of the music industry and to recognize an individual each year who represents the legacy of pioneering agent-manager Louise Scruggs, the wife and savvy business partner of Hall of Famer Earl Scruggs. Previous recipients of the honor include Denise Stiff, Liz Thiels, Mary Martin, Bonnie Garner, Sarah Trahern, Nancy Shapiro, Kay Clary and Jo Walker-Meador.
Moderated by Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Editor Peter Cooper, the forum will include a multi-media presentation enhanced by video clips and never before published photos from Miss Dixie’s music career.
A roundtable panel discussion will follow, featuring Rita Forrester (granddaughter of A.P. and Sara Carter) from the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, VA; award-winning producer and songwriter Carl Jackson; and former executive director of the International Bluegrass Music Association Nancy Cardwell, who serves on the Remembering Miss Dixie Committee.
The evening will be capped off with live musical presentations of a few of Miss Dixie’s songs performed by Chris Jones, Sierra Hull, Heather Berry Mabe and other special guests.
The program is Free and open to the public.
Dixie Hall was a music journalist, a record label owner, a publisher and a prolific songwriter whose works have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Miranda Lambert and many others. She immigrated to the United States from her native England and became a force in American roots music for more than 50 years. A winner of IBMA’s Distinguished Achievement Award in 2004, Hall is the most-recorded female songwriter in bluegrass history. She was an animal rights activist, a collector and encourager of creative people, and she was a creative partner to her husband of 46 years, Country Music Hall of Fame member Tom T. Hall. After moving to Nashville in 1961, Dixie Hall worked with trailblazing women including Mother Maybelle Carter and Louise Scruggs. Later, she spearheaded “Daughters of Bluegrass” album projects that underscored women’s contributions to bluegrass music. Miss Dixie passed away January 16, 2015. She is the first individual to be honored posthumously by the Louise Scruggs Forum.
Louise Scruggs set new professional standards in artist management and played a key role in bringing the music of Flatt & Scruggs and the Earl Scruggs Revue to audiences well beyond the traditional country norm—a role she relished until her death in 2006. A culturally literate accountant, Scruggs was known for her knowledge of music and music trends, and better known for the formidable business acumen that helped her open or close doors in the best interests of her husband and sons. Louise Scruggs was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
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