Country Stars All For the Hall
Along with performances from the hosts, a few country music stars took the stage to cover songs from their country peers. Billy Currington gave the audience his version of Kenny Rogers' "Sweet Music Man," Martina McBride gave her take on Reba McEntire's "Is There Life Out There," and Dolly Parton brought back George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today."
Given that country music built the house being honored, Miranda Lambert appropriately sang "The House That Built Me," which is favored to win Song of the Year at next month's CMA Awards.
In addition to these performances, Alison Krauss' angelic voice cut through the arena when she sang "Ghost In This House." Alan Jackson remembered Hank Williams when he performed 60-year-old milestone recording "Mind Your Own Business," while Charley Pride paid tribute to the late Conway Twitty with "Hello Darlin'."
Stopping in to celebrate country music and it's major figures, pop-rock artist John Mayer joined Keith Urban and Vince Gill in a bluesy version of his "I'm Gonna Find Another You," and returned to the stage to be part of a tribute to Dwight Yoakam with a cover of "Ain't That Lonely Yet."
Numbers for this year's event haven't been announced, but last year's inaugural All For The Hall concert raised $500,000 for the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Frequently claiming that Don Williams has been the biggest influence on his music, Keith closed the niight with his version of Don's 1978 hit "Tulsa Time," sharing the stage with Vince, Alan, Martina and Dolly for the final verses.
Don Williams is set to be the next musician to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 24.