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Performing Arts Connect - Nov

// Monday, Jan 1, 12am ET

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The Center’s new Performing Arts Connect series uses Zoom videoconferencing to bring you live workshops and presentations featuring artists and experts from leading cultural organizations around the world. You can enjoy these virtual field trips from the safety of home – or anywhere!


After registering, you will be sent a Zoom link so you can connect live for the program. For any questions, contact


Songwriting 101 Kacey Musgraves Style

Country Music Hall of Fame

Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard described country music as “three chords and the truth,” and many songwriters use humor to address some of life’s most difficult truths. In this introductory workshop, museum educator and professional musician Adam Ollendorff will teach the fundamentals of songwriting, including form, theme and rhyme scheme. Using Zoom’s chat function, participants will share ideas and write an original song inspired by Kacey Musgraves’ comedic song, “Family Is Family,” written by Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. Ollendorff has toured with Musgraves, performed with Willie Nelson, and written songs with Natalie Hemby and Maren Morris. The session is presented in support of the exhibit Kacey Musgraves: All of the Colors.


About the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum exists to preserve, celebrate and share the important cultural asset that is country music. Located in downtown Nashville, the museum has been called the “Smithsonian of country music,” celebrated for its broad cultural impact, educational mission and unrivaled collection of historically important artifacts. The museum’s storytelling mission centers in the core exhibition Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. With artifacts, photographs, recorded sound, vintage video and interactive touchscreens, Sing Me Back Home reveals the origins, traditions and honored architects of country music. Each year, new limited-engagement exhibitions launch to complement and expand on that foundation, including the annually updated American Currents: State of the Music, which highlights today’s stars, songs and stories and how they connect to country music’s rich history.


About the Presenter

Adam Ollendorff is the Community Outreach and Music Programs Manager at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. He is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who co-wrote “Moonlight, Mistletoe, and You,” the title cut on Keb’ Mo’s 2019 holiday album, which spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard blues chart. He has also written songs with Natalie Hemby, Jim Lauderdale and Maren Morris. Adam toured and recorded with Will Hoge, Kacey Musgraves and John Oates – playing pedal steel, Dobro and guitar – and appeared on recordings by J.D. McPherson and Carrie Underwood. Ollendorff has performed on the CMA Awards, the Grammy Awards, Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show, and alongside Loretta Lynn, NEEDTOBREATHE, Willie Nelson, Katy Perry and Lee Ann Womack. He holds degrees from Princeton University and Berklee College of Music.