The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has revealed its 2020 lineup of new exhibitions, including a new iteration of American Currents and special exhibits dedicated to Chris Stapleton, Martina McBride and “Whispering” Bill Anderson.
American Currents: State of the Music will return on March 6, filled with new artifacts from modern hitmakers in a quest to connect today’s music with the past.
Meanwhile, Stapleton’s exhibit will open on June 26, meant to explore the cannon-voiced standout’s “personal and musical influences and his climb to stardom, including his time in the SteelDrivers.” “I’m proud to get to share pieces of our musical journey at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum,” said Stapleton in a statement accompanying the announcement.
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Announcing our 2020 lineup: The Museum will explore another broad and impactful mix of musical talent, with exhibitions on Country Music Hall of Fame member @whisperinbillanderson, @martinamcbride, and @chrisstapleton. Our annually updated “American Currents” exhibition will again share songs and stories that marked the past year in country music, and the Museum’s major exhibition, “Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s,” remains through February 2021.
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Next up will be McBride’s display on August 21, and the beloved vocalist says she can hardly contain her happiness over the news. “Having an exhibit in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is something I’ve had on my dream list for a long, long time,” she says. “Being able to share moments and mementos from my life and career with my fans and country music fans from all over the world is both humbling and exciting. I’m so grateful to be a part of country music.”
And finally, Anderson’s section will go public on November 20, highlighting the Hall of Fame member and Grand Ole Opry legend’s half-century-plus career — one that found him co-writing smash hits like “Whiskey Lullaby” and “Give It Away” as recently as the early 2000s.
“I grew up dreaming of the day they’d put my ball glove into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, but realized many years ago that wasn’t going to happen,” Anderson says. “But now, knowing that my guitar and maybe a rhinestone suit or two will be put into an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, more than makes up for it. When our Hall does an exhibit, they really do it up right. I am thrilled to know that I am about to be a small part of their incredible legacy.”
“Each of these artists achieved country music stardom in a different era, and each has a compelling story to tell about early exposure to music, about the decision to pursue music as a career and about the struggle to overcome the challenges created by such a decision,” Museum CEO Kyle Young explains.
Check out more of what the Country Music of Fame and Museum has to offer at its official website.