Country Royalty Convene at We’re All for the Hall Concert

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Country Royalty Convene at We’re All for the Hall Concert

Published on April 17, 2013 by CMT News

All for the Hall Performers
With a lineup that included Willie Nelson, Kris
Kristofferson
, Kid Rock, Jason
Aldean
and Eric Church, a multitude of country’s rowdiest entertainers
were along for the ride Tuesday night (April 16) when the fourth annual We’re All for the Hall concert made its way to Nashville’s
Bridgestone Arena.

Benefitting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the concert series had previously raised
$1.5 million for the museum’s operating expenses. The latest packed house no doubt helps the cause.

Keith
Urban
and Vince Gill served as musical directors for the three-hour concert which was
aptly-titled Rebels and Renegades: The Outlaws Are In.

“We’ve got a hell of a lineup,” Urban promised

In the
past, Urban and Gill have performed several of their own hits before sharing the stage with their guests. Because of this
year’s lengthy list of entertainers, they kept their own opening performances brief.

Afterwards, Montgomery
Gentry
soon arrived and performed “One in Every Crowd” and “Gone,” followed by Brantley
Gilbert
, who sang “Country Must Be Country
Wide”
and his take on David Allan Coe’s “If That Ain’t Country.”

Trace
Adkins
took the stage after Gilbert, and the “Rough and Ready” star seemed to truly revel in having Urban and Gill backing
him onstage.

“I gotta take a picture of my guitar players,” he said before snapping a photo and promising to tweet
it, even though the shot included a one-finger salute from Gill.

Adkins’ set included his meaningful track “Just
Fishin’”
along with “Ladies Love Country Boys.”

Next up, Rosanne Cash performed
“Long Black Veil,” a Lefty Frizzell hit she described as “one of the greatest country
songs ever written,” along with her own “Seven Year Ache.”

In true Outlaw fashion, there wasn’t a great deal of chit-chat
between sets. Each performer simply did what they do best. Billy Joe Shaver, for
instance, walked out to sing “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal” and “Live Forever,” then subtly strolled off stage to make way
for Church. Instead of performing his own hits, Church opted for The Band’s “Ophelia” and a more obscure song, Jim Ford’s
“Big Mouth USA.”

Before beginning her set, Jessi Colter, wife of the late Waylon
Jennings
, explained, “I’m here to represent Waylon, a man who personified the Outlaw.” The timeless artist glowed as she
performed “Why You Been Gone So Long,” “I’m Not Lisa” and the first song she wrote after Jennings passed away, “You Were My
Mountain.”

Kicking off the third hour of music, Kid Rock filled
the arena with energy with “Born Free” and “All
Summer Long.”

The screaming fans stayed on their feet as Aldean then arrived to sing “Take
a Little Ride”
and “My Kinda Party.”

Tim
McGraw
won the award for most elusive entrance of the evening. Walking out before Urban had a chance to introduce him,
fans went crazy when they saw him dressed in a white button-down shirt and his signature tight jeans. From there he belted
out “How Bad Do You Want It” and “Real Good Man.”

Perhaps
one of the most memorable moments of the night was a solo performance from Hank Williams
Jr.
Giving Urban, Gill and the rest of the band a break, Williams sang an acoustic medley of “Whiskey Bent and Hellbound,”
“All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down),” “Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard” and “I Walk the Line.”

“If you go to
the Hall of Fame, you’re going to learn a lot, like June Carter Cash is my godmother,”
Williams said as he strummed the first few chords of the song. At first listen, Williams’ delivery of “I Walk the Line” sounded
so close to Johnny Cash, I had to look at the big screen to make sure he wasn’t actually
lip-synching.

Although Loretta Lynn was originally scheduled to perform, she
was forced to cancel her appearance due to a close associate’s illness.

“The role of Loretta Lynn will be played by
Sheryl Crow,” Urban explained. She came out to perform “Picture” with Kid Rock and her
1996 hit “If It Makes You Happy.”

After Crow, legendary singer-songwriter Kristofferson took centerstage and belted
out “Sunday Morning Coming Down” and “Me and Bobby McGee.”

The night’s final solo came from Nelson. As the audience
jumped to its feet to welcome the country icon, he sang “On the Road Again” and “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.”

Urban
and Gill then brought all the night’s entertainers back onstage for a rousing rendition of Hank Williams Jr.’s “Family Tradition,”
which included the back-and-forth, question-and-answer chorus fans can’t help but sing along to.

Though he’s unsure
what next year’s theme might be, before giving his farewells for the night Urban promised fans, “Here’s to All for the Hall
Five.”

View
photos from the concert.

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