In May 2010, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum greatly expanded and updated Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music, our core exhibit that tells the story of the music from its pre-commercial roots in the nineteenth century through its vibrant life today.
As a complement to the gallery experience at the museum in Nashville, we offer this online, multi-media glimpse of the exhibit. Here we explore the period from 1965 to 2010, the same era covered in the museum’s newly transformed second-floor gallery.
The story is organized by themes. Use your scrollwhele, arrow keys, or scrollbar on the right to move through The Journey.
This is just a sample of what visitors will find in the museum. Check back often to see and hear new treasures from our collection as we continue to expand this online exhibit.
When Two Worlds Collide Country Meets Mass Market
As America contended with the upheaval of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, performers from traditional country backgrounds met the changing times and culture in different ways. Some, like Roger Miller, brought an air of hipster élan to their music. Others revolted against what they considered to be the hidebound methods and attitudes of Music Row. Still others held fast to a sound that appealed to even the most conservative of country fans. Whatever their approach, they contributed to an immensely creative period for country music as it established its place in America’s mainstream.