Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum - 50 Years
For half a century the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has housed a growing collection of over 2.5 million artifacts, including one-of-a-kind recordings, films, instruments, and more. Honoring both classic and contemporary artists, the Museum exhibits many items from the collection, including everything from Hank Williams's cherished Martin guitar to Elvis Presley's custom Cadillac limousine, to outfits and instruments from the likes of Alison Krauss and Carrie Underwood. The Museum also proudly operates Historic RCA Studio B and the iconic letterpress poster shop Hatch Show Print. Both offer tours, and visitors can also experience weekly educational and musical programs in the Museum. The Museum's mission to preserve and interpret country music and its history is manifest in the Hall of Fame Rotunda, where inductees’ plaques line the walls and remind all of this great American legacy.
“This year the museum celebrates half a century of collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of country music,” said museum CEO Kyle Young. “With a great mix of exhibition subjects that range from a legendary Country Music Hall of Fame member to the best of today, our golden anniversary schedule reflects one of the true hallmarks of country music—its constant evolution. As we explore the journeys of these country music greats, whose combined careers span almost 150 years, we also reflect on the museum’s 50-year evolution and celebrate what is ahead.”
American Currents (The Music of 2016)
March 17, 2017 - March 2018
The exhibit will chronicle the latest chapter in country music’s ever-evolving story through a behind-the-scenes look at all things new and noteworthy from the prior year. Highlights from 2016 will be represented by artifacts from Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Eldredge, Mickey Guyton, Miranda Lambert, William Michael Morgan, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Margo Price, Chris and Morgane Stapleton with more to be announced.
May 26, 2017 - November 5, 2017
With hard-rock swagger and hip-hop rhythms Aldean’s music celebrates life in the South and has had significant impact on country music. The exhibit will describe the early encouragement he received from both parents, his move to Nashville, his struggle to get his music heard and his groundbreaking success with an independent record company. The emergence of RIAA’s top digital country male artist of all time's wide-open sound is one of the defining elements in today’s country music.
June 26, 2017 - June 17, 2018
With more than 90 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 35 million, Shania remains the top-selling female country artist of all time. Known for her groundbreaking, stylishly bold yet elegant videos, the Twain exhibit will include outfits she wore in those clips and in concert. Personal memorabilia, photos, awards and stage props will help tell the story of Twain’s remarkable life in music.
August 25, 2017 - June 11, 2018
By telling her own truths, and by writing about her experiences with a perspective and voice unlike any other Southern storyteller, Lynn has become an American hero and a country music standard-bearer. Her one-of-a-kind tale has been told in a feature film (with an Oscar-winning portrayal of Lynn by Sissy Spacek), two autobiographies, and a public television American Masters documentary. But her fascinating journey is worthy of further exploration. Examining the Coal Miner’s Daughter through her music and her rich collection of personal artifacts will provide fresh insights into one of country music’s most important artists.
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
November 17, 2017 - May 13, 2018
Incorporating a wide array of personal and professional memorabilia representing milestones and significant moments, the exhibit will explore elements of their separate paths to success as solo artists and their dynamic combination as a couple with their record-breaking Soul2Soul Tours and duet performances.
Forever Country Live
The Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum and the Country Music Association (CMA) partnered to host Forever Country Live presented by Southwest Airlines®, a FREE concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of both the museum’s opening and the CMA Awards. The community event was held on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville, with performances by Warner Bros. recording artist Charlie Worsham and Grammy-nominated ensemble The Time Jumpers, featuring Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, "Ranger Doug" Green and Paul Franklin.
The event was the official launch of Country Music Month, celebrated in October. Festivities culminated Wednesday, Nov. 2, with the live, national broadcast of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” on the ABC Television Network. The concert also kicked off the museum’s initiatives to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017. Visit forevercountrylive.com for details.
Visit countrymusichalloffame.org for more information.