On Tuesday evening (3/6), members of the country music industry gathered within the hallowed walls of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to preview American Currents: The Music of 2017 exhibit. Featuring items and articles from the brightest stars in country, Americana and bluegrass, the exhibit strives to connect the history and legacy of the genres to a current and progressive audience.
Among those gathered to celebrate the latest exhibition were Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, Brothers Osborne’s TJ and John Osborne, Luke Combs, Chris Young, Kane Brown, Randy Travis, and many others. Becoming a part of the Hall of Fame and Museum was an exciting revelation for the Brothers Osborne, who credited the moment as full circle.
“It’s awesome to be here. John and I used to work here in the Hall of Fame. We would roam the halls here and dream of the day we would ever have a chance of having something in the Hall of Fame, or hopefully one day being Hall of Famers. This has definitely added some more fuel to the fire,” TJ Osborne explained to Sounds Like Nashville and other media during a press event. “Walking in here and actually seeing our hard work and many years of being broke and thinking it was impossible come to fruition. It’s kind of hard to put in words, really. I’m just … Maybe tear up walking in there and seeing our stuff in an exhibit.”
To see his belongings among his idols was a touching moment for Kane Brown, who was accompanied down the press line with his hero Randy Travis and Travis’ wife Mary.
“Randy’s a big help on finding my voice. I never really knew where I wanted to take music, like singing-wise. I would always try to sing high and then puberty came in and Randy really helped with finding a baritone and timing from that,” Brown explained.
Looking up to a legend is something Chris Young has based much of his career on, so when the opportunity arrived that he’d be placed in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum beside one of his heroes was an opportunity he couldn’t soon pass up.
“I’m really pumped because I’m right next to Marty Robbins,” shared an elated Young to SLN and others. “Growing up, one of the reasons that I knew I wanted to go to the Hall of Fame, and walk around, and look and see the history of it is a lot of that history was taught to me by my family and my grandfather. I would sit at his house and he would play 45s and 78s of Marty Robbins all the time. That was my grandfather’s favorite country artist, so to be in this exhibit, one, it’s a huge honor. But to be right there next to Marty Robbins makes it really special for me because there is that direct connection to be there sitting there listening to ‘Cowboy in a Continental Suit,’ ‘Devil Woman,’ and everything else.”
Fans can see items from Young, Brown, Travis, Brothers Osborne, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Jason Aldean, busbee, Luke Bryan, Rodney Crowell, Fort Lonesome, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Lori McKenna, Jon Pardi, John Prine, Thomas Rhett, Marty Robbins, Sturgill Simpson, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban and more throughout the entire exhibit.
American Currents: The Music of 2017 will officially open on March 9, 2018.