The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum officially unveiled its annual American Currents: State of the Music exhibit, chronicling “the genre's evolving history, diverse sounds and broad cultural influence,” CEO Kyle Young previously explained.
American Currents aims to feature the biggest artists and events “that shaped the genre” last year. It’s packed with tons of information and items that any country music fan will love. This year’s exhibit includes: Jimmie Allen, Brothers Osborne, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Jerry Douglas and John Hiatt, Jenee Fleenor, the Grand Ole Opry, Mickey Guyton, Walker Hayes, Wanda Jackson, Alison Krauss, Old Dominion, Carly Pearce, Allison Russell, Chris Stapleton, Billy Strings and Taylor Swift. American Currents also includes the “Unbroken Circle” portion of the exhibit, which features artists and their biggest musical influences. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum features four pairings: BRELAND and Keith Urban, Thomm Jutz and Tom T. Hall, Brittney Spencer and Reba McEntire, and Lainey Wilson and Lee Ann Womack.
The exhibit is packed with tons of information and memorabilia. Here are 10 of the many artifacts that museum goers can expect to see. If this list entices fans, there's plenty more where that came from...
- Carly Pearce’s dress she wore when she was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry
- Jimmie Allen’s boots he wore on Dancing With The Stars
- Mickey Guyton’s dress she wore on the cover of her debut album, Remember Her Name
- Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” tracking sheet
- Brittney Spencer’s Country Music Association awards dress she wore during her performance with Guyton and Madeline Edwards
- Keith Urban’s jacket and BRELAND’s jacket and pants worn during the “Throw It Back” music video
- Chris Stapleton’s set list from his latest tour
- Walker Hayes’ text messages with Josh Jenkins when they wrote lyrics to his hit song “Fancy Like”
- Reba McEntire’s embellished chiffon dress.
- Lainey Wilson’s first guitar, given to her by her father when she was 10 years old
This week, artists got to preview the exhibit and gushed over the experience. Pearce beamed over the “moments that truly blow my mind.” Wilson wrote on Instagram that seeing the exhibit “gave me a kick in the butt to do what I have to do to make sure it ends up in that glass case a lifetime.” BRELAND captioned: “Let’s keep making history!” Old Dominion was “honored” to be included, and encouraged: “If you're in Nashville, go check it out.”
The American Currents: State of the Music exhibit opens to the public on Friday (March 4). It runs through February 5, 2023.