NASHVILLE, Tenn., November 17, 2015 – On Friday, Nov. 20, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will open a career-spanning exhibition featuring country music superstar Keith Urban. Keith Urban So Far… will run through May 2016 and will follow Urban’s path to Nashville, where he has become one of country music’s best-loved ambassadors, one of the world’s most-respected musicians, and the winner of multiple Grammys, CMA Awards and ACM Awards.
“I developed a love for country music at a very young age. I recall seeing artists like Johnny Cash on stage and thinking ‘that’s what I want to do,’” said Urban. “It’s truly amazing to have my life’s journey on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.”
Keith Urban So Far… will chronicle Urban’s life from childhood and his early musical influences to his hard-won rise to fame and present day success. The exhibition will represent this journey with a wide array of historic and priceless memorabilia from Urban’s collection, including artifacts from his childhood such as an embroidered western shirt and pants worn by Urban at age ten and photos and documents from Urban’s childhood scrapbooks. Original handwritten song manuscripts and many of Urban’s most cherished guitars will be featured, including his 1989 Fender Custom Shop 40th Anniversary Telecaster “Clarence,” which was his primary guitar for many years; an exact duplicate Urban had made of the cherry red 1981 Fender Stratocaster that was his main guitar in his teens and early twenties; and the Levinson Blade electric guitar played by Urban on his first #1 hit, “But for the Grace of God.”
Stage clothes worn by Urban at concerts and award shows will be included in the exhibition, along with his 2000 ACM Top New Male Vocalist trophy; 2004 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year trophy; four Grammys for Best Male Country Vocal, for “You’ll Think of Me,” “Stupid Boy,” “Sweet Thing,” and “’Til Summer Comes Around”; and his 2011 Grand Ole Opry Induction trophy.
The exhibit will examine Urban’s exceptional talents as an entertainer, musician and songwriter, attributes that have sustained him for his entire life. In addition, the exhibit will emphasize his passionate commitment to charitable causes including music education and the arts.
For more details about the exhibit including photos and video, click here.
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.
More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.