New Exhibits in 2017
With hard-rock swagger and hip-hop rhythms Jason Aldean’s music celebrates life in the South and has had significant impact on country music. The exhibit will describe the ACM Entertainer of the Year’s early encouragement he received from both parents, his move to Nashville, his struggle to get his music heard and his groundbreaking success with an independent record company. The emergence of RIAA’s top digital country male artist of all time's wide-open sound is one of the defining elements in today’s country music.
"I am extremely honored to be invited to have an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum,” said Aldean. “That building is filled with the artists who helped create and shape country music, so to be a part of that legacy is something I am very proud of."
Jason Aldean performs with Keith Urban at the annual All for the Hall concert, 2013.
Jason Aldean talks about the artists that influenced him.
Jason Aldean sings his hit “Big Green Tractor” with Keith Urban and Vince Gill at the annual All for the Hall concert from 2009.
This young boy from Macon, Georgia, would grow up to be country hit maker Jason Aldean.
With more than 90 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 35 million, international superstar Shania Twain remains the top-selling female country artist of all time. She ushered in a new era of empowerment for women in country music, with hits such as “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” ‘You’re Still the One” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” to name a few.
“It’s an honor to be a part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibitions for 2017,” said Twain. “Being able to re-visit favorite costumes, photographs and memories from my career has been a special feeling, especially as this year will see a new stage for me with a brand new album! I’m very excited to have these important creative moments on display.”
Known for her groundbreaking, stylishly bold yet elegant videos, the Twain exhibit will include outfits she wore in those clips and in concert. Personal memorabilia, photos, awards and stage props will help tell the story of Twain’s remarkable life in music.
Shania Twain was listed as one of the Ten Most Fascinating Women in Country Music in this July 1996, issue of Country America.
“Any Man of Mine” rose to the top of the Billboard country singles chart for Shania Twain in 1995.
Shania Twain sings her #1 hit “You’re Still the One” from 1998 with pop superstar Elton John.
Shania Twain graces the cover of Rolling Stone from 2003.
By telling her own truths, and by writing about her experiences with a perspective and voice unlike any other Southern storyteller, Loretta Lynn has become an American hero and a country music standard-bearer.
"I am so happy the Country Music Hall of Fame has asked me to be one of their main exhibits in 2017...gonna show off my 50 some odd years in country music," exclaimed Lynn on hearing news of the exhibition. "They best have a big space...I have a lot of stuff! I'm so proud to share my life, and music with the Hall of Fame. Y'all come see us!"
Her one-of-a-kind tale has been told in a feature film (with an Oscar-winning portrayal of Lynn by Sissy Spacek), two autobiographies, and a public television American Masters documentary. But her fascinating journey is worthy of further exploration. Examining the Coal Miner’s Daughter through her music and her rich collection of personal artifacts will provide fresh insights into one of country music’s most important artists. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988, Lynn received a Grammy nomination in 2017 for Best Country Album for her latest release, Full Circle.
This Christmas card from 1987, sent to DJs by Loretta Lynn, shows her with a snowman in Lake Tahoe. Lynn sent Christmas cards each year to thank country DJs for playing her records.
Loretta Lynn Official performs her signature song “Coal Miner’s Daughter” at The Garden in 1975.
From 1963 to 1971, Loretta Lynn Official appeared weekly on the Wilburn Brothers Show. Here she sings her 1965 hit “Blue Kentucky Girl.”
Loretta Lynn Official is well known for her cooking skills. In 2004 she released the cookbook You're Cookin' It Country: My Favorite Recipes and Memories.
TIM MCGRAW AND FAITH HILL
This exhibit will explore the intertwined careers of Grammy-winning superstars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Incorporating a wide array of personal and professional memorabilia representing milestones and significant moments, the exhibit will explore elements of their separate paths to success as solo artists and their dynamic combination as a couple with their record-breaking Soul2Soul Tours and duet performances.
Star Experience with Tim McGraw was filmed in 2000 during his Soul 2 Soul tour with Faith Hill and was shown in the museum’s Star Experience Theater.
During their 1996 Spontaneous Combustion Tour, Tim and Faith went on a date in this borrowed 1978 red Jeep CJ. Years later, Faith presented Tim with this jeep as a birthday present
Faith Hill sings “Let Me Let Go” with Keith Urban and Vince Gill from the All for the Hall concert, 2009.
Tim and Faith on stage during their 2006 Soul2Soul tour.
AMERICAN CURRENTS (THE MUSIC OF 2016)
American Currents (The Music of 2016), in the museum’s ACM Gallery, chronicles the latest chapter in country music’s ever-evolving story through a behind-the-scenes look at some of last year’s most significant moments in country, Americana, and bluegrass music.
The big stories of the year just past are represented by artifacts from the Americana Music Association, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Earls of Leicester, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Mickey Guyton, Natalie Hemby, Sierra Hull, Jason Isbell, Miranda Lambert, Jim Lauderdale, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, William Michael Morgan, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Dolly Parton, Margo Price, John Prine, RaeLynn, Chris and Morgane Stapleton and Randy Travis.
The annual American Currents exhibit provides an up-to-date snapshot of the state of country music so that visitors will not only learn about the history of country music through the museum’s permanent exhibition, Sing Me Back Home, but also experience how the music continues to evolve today. From industry award winners and influential songwriters, to emerging artists and country music legends, American Currents is one of the museum’s most dynamic exhibitions and is housed in the ACM Gallery.
Margo Price performed at a concert honoring Country Music Hall of Fame member Sam Phillips on May 28, 2016. Learn more about her story in the new exhibit American Currents opening March 17, 2017.
Chris Stapleton performs on stage while Kacey Musgraves looks on at the All for the Hall concert in Los Angeles on September 27, 2016. Learn more about his story in the new exhibit American Currents.
Jason Isbell makes his debut on the Grand Ole Opry on December 15, 2015. Check out his story in our new exhibit American Currents.
Kelsea Ballerini performs her debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It” at the 2015 CMT Next Women of Country interview and concert. In 2016 she scored a huge hit with “Peter Pan.” Check out her story in the exhibit American Currents.
Maren Morris joined Vince Gill and Keith Urban on stage for their 2016 We’re All for the Hall concert. Learn more about her story in the exhibit American Currents opening March 17, 2017.