John Osborne, Caitlyn Smith and CMT’s Next Women of Country will be featured
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will offer special programs during CMA Fest 2022 in June. Programs include a live performance with Jenee Fleenor on Thursday, June 9th, a special concert and conversation with some of CMT’s Next Women of Country on Friday, June 10th, a Songwriter Session with Caitlyn Smith on Saturday, June 11th, and a Musician Spotlight with John Osborne on Sunday, June 12th.
Jenee Fleenor is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who plays fiddle, mandolin and acoustic guitar in recording sessions, live concerts and on television, will perform on Thursday, June 9th at 2 pm in the Ford Theater. She has toured with Terri Clark, Martina McBride, Jon Pardi, Blake Shelton and Steven Tyler, and regularly performs with the house band on The Voice. She has played on albums by Lauren Alaina, Sam Hunt, Cody Johnson, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce and many others. In 2019, Fleenor became the first woman nominated for the Academy of Country Music’s Specialty Instrument Player of the Year honor (which she won in 2020) and the Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year award (which she won in 2019, 2020 and 2021) . In 2019, she also released her debut album, Fiddle & Steel. Fleenor’s songs have been recorded by bluegrass group the Grascals, Blake Shelton and Gretchen Wilson. Fleenor is featured in the museum’s exhibition American Currents: State of the Music, which highlights significant developments in country music in 2021. She will be accompanied by Ben Isaacs and Mike Rogers.
On Friday, June 10th, the museum presents five of CMT’s Next Women of Country, a special concert and conversation with up-and-coming female country artists at 12:30 pm in the CMA Theater. The program, hosted by CMT executive Leslie Fram, includes performances and interviews with Priscilla Block, Ashland Craft, Miko Marks, Lily Rose and Hailey Whitters. Priscilla Block wrote and recorded “Just About Over You,” which went viral on TikTok and landed in the Top 20 on both Billboard’s Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, leading Block to a recording contract with Mercury Nashville. Her first full-length album, Welcome to the Block Party, was released earlier this year. Ashland Craft, who released her debut album, Travelin ‘Kind, in 2021, has collaborated on tracks with Brothers Osborne (“I Smoke Weed”) and Hardy (“So Close”). She has opened for Luke Combs, Ashley McBryde, Morgan Wallen and the Zac Brown Band. After a hiatus from music, Miko Marks released her first record in 13 years, Our Country, in early 2021 and quickly followed it with her Race Records EP, a compilation of covers of early country, bluegrass and folk-rock songs. Lily Rose’s song “Villain” gained popularity on TikTok and helped her land a record deal in early 2021. She released her seven-track project Stronger Than I Am later that year and is an opening act on Chris Lane’s 2022 Fill Them Boots Tour. Hailey Whitters released her breakthrough album, Living the Dreamin 2021 and Raised in 2022. She co-wrote the Grammy-nominated song “A Beautiful Noise,” which was recorded by Brandi Carlile and Alicia Keys, and her songs have also been recorded by Country Music Hall of Fame member Alan Jackson, Little Big Town and Martina McBride.
The museum will present a Songwriter Session with Caitlyn Smith on Saturday, June 11th at noon in the Ford Theater. Earlier this year, singer-songwriter and Monument Records artist Caitlyn Smith released her latest album, High, which includes the single “Downtown Baby.” She was also nominated for the Academy of Country Music’s New Female Artist of the Year honor in 2022. Smith’s previous releases include her 2020 album, Supernovawhich includes the singles “Long Time Coming” and “I Can’t” (featuring Old Dominion), and her 2018 debut album, Starfire. She wrote “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” (Meghan Trainor and John Legend), “Wasting All These Tears” (Cassadee Pope) and “You Can’t Make Old Friends” (Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers), as well as songs recorded by Gabby Barrett, James Bay, Country Music Hall of Fame member Garth Brooks, Miley Cyrus, Lady A, Tenille Townes and Rascal Flatts.
Musician Spotlight: John Osborne will be Sunday, June 12th at noon in the Ford Theater. John and his brother TJ are together known to country music fans as Brothers Osborne. The duo signed to EMI Records Nashville in 2012, and in the decade since, they have won multiple Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association awards, including three ACM Vocal Duo of the Year awards and four CMA Vocal Duo of the Year awards. Brothers Osborne earned their first Grammy, for Best Country Duo/Group Performance (“Younger Me”), earlier this year. As Brothers Osborne’s guitarist, John has been profiled by publications including Guitar World and Premier Guitar. He and TJ are featured in the museum’s exhibition American Currents: State of the Music, which highlights significant developments in country music in 2021.
All programs are included with museum admission and free to museum members. Seating is limited, and a program ticket is required for admittance.