New Exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Will Celebrate The Judds

The exhibit opens August 10.

Written by Lauren Laffer
New Exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Will Celebrate The Judds
The Judds; Photo courtesy of Adkins Publicity

If you’re looking to schedule a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the time has come. The legendary venue has revealed plans for an exhibit honoring legendary mother-daughter duo, The Judds.

Dubbed “The Judds: Dream Chasers,” the exhibit highlighting the long-lasting careers of Wynonna and Naomi Judd will officially open on August 10, 2018 and continue through July 14, 2019.

“The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is sacred ground, regarded with reverence and respect,” said Naomi. “I am so overjoyed to have The Judds’ career encapsulated in this new exhibit. I’m so proud of all the success Wynonna has accomplished and we owe everything to the fans who welcomed The Judds music into their homes.”

“I am truly humbled and grateful to partner with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to honor The Judds’ legacy and relive some of the special moments we shared with our fans,” added Wynonna. “What an honor.”

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. Thank you for giving me life.

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The exhibit will take patrons through the journey of the Judds, featuring their humble beginnings as Diana Judd and daughter Christina Ciminella. The story will follow the duo through the 80s and 90s during their peak. During that time, The Judds scored 14 No.1 songs, as well as five GRAMMYs, nine CMA Awards and seven ACM Awards.

The Judds: Dream Chasers is the latest exhibition to join the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s features. It will join including American Currents: The Music of 2017, Outlaws and Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ‘70s, Little Big Town: The Power of Four, Ralph Stanley: Voices from on High, and an upcoming Emmylou Harris exhibit (opening October 2, 2018).

Artifacts featured in The Judds: Dream Chasers include:

• Velvet jacket embellished with bugle beading and sequins, worn by Wynonna Judd on The Judds’ farewell concert in December 1991. The concert was taped for a television special broadcast a week later
• Lyrics to the song released by The Judds as “Rockin’ with the Rhythm of the Rain,” handwritten by Don Schlitz, who co-wrote the song with Brent Maher. The song went to #1 and appeared on The Judds’ second album, Rockin’ with the Rhythm (1985).
• 1996 Gibson Custom Shop ES-336 electric guitar used by Wynonna Judd in her solo concerts
• Nurse’s uniform worn by Naomi Judd when she worked as a registered nurse
• Certificate presented to seventeen-year-old Naomi Judd for her volunteer work as a Candy Striper at King’s Daughters Hospital in Ashland, Kentucky
• Hohner harmonicas and cigar box owned by Naomi Judd, who began playing harmonica in the 1970s
• Note to Santa Claus, written by Naomi Judd and her siblings when they were children.
• Music industry awards:
• Grammy for Best Country Song (1991) for “Love Can Build a Bridge,” presented to songwriters John Jarvis, Naomi Judd, and Paul Overstreet
• CMA Horizon Award presented to The Judds in 1984
• ACM Top Vocal Duet Award presented to The Judds in 1990
• Silk jacket embellished with beaded stars and worn by Wynonna Judd at the 1991 ACM Awards
• Kaat Tilley gown worn by Naomi Judd during The Judds’ nine-show residency in Las Vegas, October 2015