Elvis Costello will explain his love of country music at Hall of Fame

Friday, June 12, 2009 at 1:44pm

Elvis Costello will discuss his fascination with, and love for, country music Monday afternoon in a special interview program at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The 3 p.m. program in the museum’s Ford Theatre will be hosted by Jay Orr, vice president of public programs for the Hall of Fame and Museum. Admission is free for museum members, and included with regular admission for others ($19.99, $11.99 for ages 6-17).

Some program topics include such favorite Costello performers and songwriters as Hank Williams and Loretta Lynn, and stories involving his various recording projects in Music City. His musical relationship with Nashville dates back to the 1979 session he did with George Jones and the 1981 album Almost Blue produced by Billy Sherrill.

Tickets remain for Costello’s Tuesday Ryman Auditorium performance with The Sugarcanes at 7:30 p.m. He'll be joined that evening by Jim Lauderdale, Jerry Douglas, Jeff Taylor, Mike Compton, Stuart Duncan and Dennis Crouch. Admission for this event is $35.50, $45.50 and $50.50.

Costello’s latest CD Secret, Profane and Sugarcane was recorded in Nashville and produced by T-Bone Burnett. Two songs, “Complicated Shadows” and “Hidden Shame,” were composed for the late Johnny Cash, while Costello and Lynn co-wrote “I Felt The Chill.”

The museum is at 222 5th Ave. S., in downtown Nashville. For more information, call 416-2001.