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10 Best Things We Saw at All for the Hall 2016

From newcomers’ Merle Haggard tributes to Seventies guitar gods

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Vince Gill and Keith Urban have been hosting All for the Hall nearly every year since 2009.

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Coming just days after the April 6th death of Merle Haggard, this year's All for the Hall benefit concert for Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum doubled as a celebration of the icon — early in the show, Emmylou Harris referred to Haggard as "the north star of country music," before singing his "Kern River." On the surface, some of the artists on the bill couldn't have been further from Haggard's twangy type of California country, but all rose to the occasion, with Luke Bryan calling an audible for "Big City" in his set, and Sam Hunt silencing any critics with a faithful take on the Hag's "The Way I Am." 

By the time the sixth show ended (it took a year off in Nashville in 2015) with an all-star rendition of "Mama Tried," hosts Keith Urban and Vince Gill and their guests had raised three-quarter of a million dollars for the Hall (specifically in support of the institution's education programs) and added another milestone concert to the All for the Hall legacy. Here's our 10 best moments from the Nashville night.


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