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THE INIMITABLE REBA WILL PARTICIPATE IN A SPECIAL INTERVIEW AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 10

The inimitable Reba will participate in a special interview at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Saturday, August 10.  The interview is presented in conjunction with Reba:  All the Women I Am, a biographical exhibit opening Friday, August 9, 2013, for a 10-month run in the museum’s East Gallery.  The exhibition will run through June 8, 2014.

The August 10 program, which will take place in the museum’s Ford Theater at 2:30 p.m., will feature Reba sharing highlights of her life and career; it will also include archival video and photographs.  The interview is included with museum admission and free for museum members; seating is limited and a program pass is required (visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org for complete details).  It will also be streamed live at www.countrymusichalloffame.org.  Other exhibit opening weekend programs include a Reba-themed Songwriter Session on August 10 and a film screening on August 11.  A detailed schedule of grand opening activities is below.

The exhibit will also be accompanied by a beautiful 104-page companion book, also titled Reba: All the Women I Am.  Published by the museum’s Country Music Foundation Press, the image-rich volume expands on the exhibit story; it includes a foreword by Reba and dozens of photos (many previously unpublished).  The book will be available in the Museum Store and at www.countrymusichalloffame.org.

“Reba is the most successful female country performer of her generation, and a major influence on many of the female recording artists who have followed her,” said Museum Director Kyle Young.  “Her achievements and accolades are almost too numerous to mention:  She has sold more than 50 million records, charted nearly 60 Top Ten singles and 24 #1 hits*, and been honored with nearly 50 major awards, including two Grammy awards, the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year award and the Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year award.  And, of course, she was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011.

“It’s impossible to overstate Reba’s impact on country music, and her contributions go well beyond recording,” Young continued.  “She heightened production values for country concerts, adding elaborate stages, video screens and multiple costume changes.  Such innovations are now de rigueur on the tours of top country artists.  Furthermore, through her work on Broadway, in film, and as the star of two television comedies, Reba has helped to heighten and expand the profile of country music, lifting all boats in her magnificent wake.  We are looking forward to telling the rich, inspiring and always entertaining story of one of country music’s brightest lights.”

Reba:  All the Women I Am
Employing personal possessions, vintage photographs, career-spanning audio and video and more, Reba:  All the Women I Am will explore the life and impact of this incomparable artist.  A centerpiece of the exhibit will be an array of costumes – more than two dozen – spanning the length and breadth of Reba’s career.  Some of the garments, which include personal clothing, stage wear and Broadway and movie costumes, have never before been exhibited.

The exhibit will feature dozens of artifacts including:

- A handbill from Kiowa Elementary School’s Dec. 22, 1965, Christmas program.  The program featured 5th grader Reba singing “Blue Christmas."

- A report card from Reba’s sophomore year at Kiowa High School (she earned straight As)

- Reba’s first official stage costume, a silky blue blouse with coordinating vest

- Larry Mahan boots, worn by Reba while participating in barrel-racing competitions

- A check stub for a $25 payment to the McEntires (Reba and her siblings Pake and Susie) for a 1971 performance

- “The red dress”—the red jersey gown with nearly sheer bodice, designed by Sandi Spika and worn by Reba at the 1993 CMA Awards.  Reba later said, “I got more press off that dress than if I’d won Entertainer of the Year.”

- Assorted red dresses worn by Reba through the years when she performed her concert finale, “Fancy”

- Reba’s “favorite” dress, a Sandi Spika-designed, teal, two-piece, silk shantung gown featuring a long train and beaded, sequined bodice

- Costume worn by Reba when she starred in the Broadway production Annie Get Your Gun, including a suede fringed jacket and chaps, corset, hat and boots

- Costumes worn by Reba in the films The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw, North and Is There Life Out There?

- Dozens of awards, from childhood ribbons for barrel-racing and athletic prowess; to a selection of the superstar’s Grammy, CMA and ACM trophies

- Items that reflect Reba’s status as a pop culture icon, including a Reba Barbie, a Reba lunch box and a bag of Fritos featuring the superstar’s likeness


Reba:  All the Women I Am Grand Opening Weekend Program Schedule
All programs are included with museum admission and free to museum members, except as noted below.

Saturday, August 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Songwriter Session: Liz Hengber and Will Robinson

Liz Hengber signed with Reba McEntire’s Starstruck Entertainment publishing company and within six months scored her first hit, “For My Broken Heart,” a #1 in 1991–92. She wrote three more Top Five hits for Reba—“It’s  Your Call,” “And Still” and “Forever Love”—as well as songs recorded by Bucky Covington, Clay Davidson and Andy Griggs. Will Robinson wrote the Reba McEntire hits “I Know How He Feels” and “Somebody’s Chelsea” (with Hengber and McEntire), as well as hits for Alabama, John Michael Montgomery and Doug Stone.  Limited Seating. Program pass required.

Saturday, August 10 - 2:30 p.m.
Interview: Reba

Reba turned a big, expressive voice into a vast, highly diversified empire—and entertained millions of fans along the way. As part of the opening festivities of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibition Reba: All the Women I Am, she will discuss her rise from a youngster who worked on her family’s Oklahoma cattle ranch to a multi-talented performer who has become one of the most successful entertainment icons of her time. The interview program will incorporate archival videos and photographs while giving the star a platform to delve into colorful highlights of her life and career.

Sunday, August 11 - 2:00 p.m.
Film screening: Backstory: Reba McEntire (2011)

Riding high on the success of her #1 hits “Consider Me Gone” and “Turn on the Radio,” Reba looks back on her life and career in this episode of Great American Country’s Backstory. Archival video is interspersed with memories from Reba, her sister Susie, producer Tony Brown, record executive Scott Borchetta, singer Lee Ann Womack, costume designer Sandy Spika Borchetta, comedian Melissa Peterman and others. Free.

Reba:  All the Women I Am will be accompanied by an ongoing series of programs throughout the exhibit’s duration.  These programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and by an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts.

Reba: All the Women I Am is sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund and the Academy of Country Music, with additional support provided by SunTrust and GenSpring. Promotional support is provided by media partner WKRN, Nashville’s News 2.

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture.  With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.

More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org  or by calling (615) 416-2001.

* According to Billboard charts only. Reba's combined #1 hits total 34 when including other chart rankings.