Musicians Hall Of Fame

The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Nashville June 9th, and honors those who have played and recorded with stars of all stripes, from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Stevie Wonder to Hank Williams.

Located in an old warehouse just south of the city’s honky-tonk district, the hall is the brainchild of Joe Chambers, a Nashville songwriter and guitar store owner.

Instruments, photos, movies, recordings and other artifacts tell the story of session players and touring musicians from cities like Detroit, New York, Memphis, Los Angeles, Nashville and Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Several new members will be inducted into the hall each year, with other musicians – rather than industry execs – voting on nominees.

Besides the museum, the 30,000-square-foot complex also includes a performance hall, and a fully operating recording studio is in the works. A music school associated with the museum is already open, as well as a gift shop.

Neil Young says it best in a promo video for the new museum: “You can see the hood ornament on the car if you go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but if you want to look at the engine and see what’s making it go, then you go to the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.”