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Dixie Hall to be Honored at Country Music Hall of Fame

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Dixie HallNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will honor the memory of bluegrass stalwart Dixie Hall at the ninth annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum on Wednesday, November 19, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in the Ford Theater. This cheerful and joyous celebration of Hall’s life and music will include never-before-seen photographs, interviews with colleagues and live performances of songs written by the bluegrass and country music songwriter, journalist, and label head. Guests will include Sierra Hull, Rita Forrester (granddaughter of A. P. and Sara Carter), Carl Jackson, Chris Jones and Heather Berry-Mabe, among others. Hall is the first posthumous subject of the Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum.

Made possible by the Gibson Foundation, the Scruggs forum was established in 2007 to explore issues related to the business side of the music industry and to recognize annually an individual who represents the legacy of pioneering agent-manager Louise Scruggs, the adoring wife and savvy business partner of Country Music Hall of Fame member Earl Scruggs. Previous honorees are Denise Stiff, Liz Thiels, Mary Martin, Bonnie Garner, Sarah Trahern, Nancy Shapiro, Kay Clary, and Jo Walker-Meador.

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 fifty years. A winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award, 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 forty-six 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” projects that underscored women’s contributions to what had been for many years a male-dominated genre.

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 doting wife and mother, accomplished in the domestic arts, and a culturally literate accountant who was nobody's fool, 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. Protective, stern and confident as a businesswoman, she loved music as a life force central to her being and her humanity. On September 30, 2010, Louise Scruggs was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

Founded in 2002 as the philanthropic division of Gibson Guitar, the Gibson Foundation is committed to making the world a better place for children worldwide through its own initiatives and by its support of other non-profit organizations that advance music and the arts, health and welfare, education, and environmental causes. For more information, please visit www.gibsonfoundation.org or www.gibson.com.

The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. Reservations can be made by emailing rsvp@countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling 615-416-2040. For more information about the event, please visit http://bit.ly/1ZYl60w.

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