NASHVILLE, TN – Oct. 2, 2019 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will feature Pat Alger in the next installment of its ongoing songwriter series, Poets and Prophets Nov. 2 in the museum’s Ford Theater. Alger will perform briefly during the program.
The program will feature an in-depth interview with Alger, illustrated with rare, vintage photos and video and sound recordings from the museum’s rich collection. Following the program, Alger will sign commemorative Hatch Show Print posters, available for purchase in the Museum Store.
Admission to Poets and Prophets is included with museum admission and free to museum members. Seating is limited, and a program pass is required for admittance.
The program will be streamed live at www.CountryMusicHallofFame.org/Streaming.
Pat Alger participated in Garth Brooks’ meteoric rise to stardom by co-writing four of his No. 1 hits, “Unanswered Prayers,” “The Thunder Rolls,” “What She’s Doing Now” and “That Summer.”
Alger was born in New York City, but spent most of his childhood living in LaGrange, Georgia. As a teenager, he taught himself to play guitar and began writing songs. He moved to Woodstock, New York, in 1973 and joined the Woodstock Mountain Revue, a loose-knit group that included, at one time or another, Eric Andersen, Paul Butterfield, Bill Keith, Jim Rooney, John Sebastian and Happy and Artie Traum. Alger recorded a duet album with Artie Traum, From the Heart (Rounder, 1980).
In 1980, Livingston Taylor recorded Alger’s “First Time Love,” a Top 20 adult-contemporary hit. When Alger moved to Nashville the following year, he received a welcome reception, securing cuts by Nanci Griffith (“Once in a Very Blue Moon,” “Lone Star State of Mind”), Hal Ketchum (“Small Town Saturday Night”), Kathy Mattea (“Goin’ Gone,” “She Came from Fort Worth” and “A Few Good Things Remain”), Don Williams (“True Love”) and Trisha Yearwood (“Like We Never Had a Broken Heart”).
As a recording artist, Alger released albums for Sugar Hill and Liberty Records in the 1990s. This fall, he will release “Somewhere in a Song,” an album of mostly new material. Alger was named Songwriter of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) in 1991 and ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the Year in 1992. From 1995 to 1997, he served as president of NSAI. Alger was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (2010) and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame (2013).
About Poets and Prophets
For 12 years, Poets and Prophets has honored songwriters who have made significant contributions to country music. Previous subjects include Al Anderson, Bill Anderson, Matraca Berg, Bobby Braddock, Gary Burr, Wayne Carson, Buzz Cason, Jerry Chesnut, Hank Cochran, Roger Cook, Sonny Curtis, Dean Dillon, Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Kye Fleming, Jerry Foster, Dallas Frazier, Red Lane, Dickey Lee, John D. Loudermilk, Shane McAnally, Bob McDill, Lori McKenna, Roger Murrah, Paul Overstreet, Dan Penn, Gretchen Peters, Curly Putman, Mike Reid, Allen Reynolds, Liz Rose, Mark D. Sanders, Don Schlitz, Whitey Shafer, Allen Shamblin, Billy Joe Shaver, Red Simpson, Jeffrey Steele, Sonny Throckmorton, Sharon Vaughn, Jim Weatherly, Jimmy Webb, Billy Edd Wheeler, Norro Wilson and Craig Wiseman. Additional information about Poets and Prophets and videos of previous interviews can be found by visiting www.CountryMusicHallofFame.org.
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