Urban’s ‘All for the Hall’ benefits country music history

Country Music stars Keith Urban and Vince Gill joined about a dozen other musicians for the “We're All for the Hall” concert at the Bridgestone Arena Tuesday night.

The concert, in its third year, has become the biggest fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

The sold-out show featured Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Pistol Annies, The Band Perry and Diamond Rio, among others.

Tickets to the benefit concert sold out in just one day.

Earlier Tuesday, hundreds of Urban's fan club members visited the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and he put on a surprise show for them.

Guests walked through country music's story with countless exhibits, video clips and programs.

Like all non-profits, the museum relies on contributed income, and while fans have come for the concert, they also have donated thousands of dollars in Keith's name to keep it alive.

Carla Taylor, from Illinois, said, “Instead of sending him cards and letters and things like that, which we do also, [we donate things] that are close to his heart.”

The museum is in the middle of a massive expansion, but the money from Tuesday's event supports school and family programs and exhibitions.

As president of the board and a hall of fame member, Vince Gill came up with the idea for some of his musician friends to donate a night of music to the hall, but it was Urban that made it annual concert.

Museum Director Kyle Young said, “What we have now is, gosh, a tremendous musical event for this city and an event that benefits us greatly.”

Young added the fundraising is “absolutely crucial.”

He said, “It allows us to keep doing the good work that we do.”

While the All for the Hall benefit concert made memories for the night, the impact on country music's history will be never-ending.

Gill said, “Everything that's happened in the last nearly 100 years is over there. You can hear. You can see. You can touch… It's unbelievable.”

The past two concerts have raise $1 million for the Country Music Hall of Fame.

To learn more about the Country Music Hall of Fame and current exhibits, visit CountryMusicHallofFame.org.

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