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American Currents: The Music of 2018

Artists, songwriters, fashion icons, and more come together in American Currents, a careful examination of the previous year in country music, presenting rich detail about the noteworthy figures and events.

Open March 8, 2019 - February 9, 2020

The latest class in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's exhibition American Currents—open March 8, 2019, to February 9, 2020—includes icons, mainstays, and newcomers alike, from across the country music spectrum. Artists with artifacts presented include Country Music Hall of Fame members Reba McEntire and Tex Ritter, blues-rock hitmaker Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, songwriting hero John Prine, and dozens of others who made big noise in country music’s recent past.

American Currents: The Music of 2018 captures, chronicles, and offers perspective on the past calendar year in country music, defined broadly to include country-related styles such as Americana and bluegrass music. From chart and tour successes to high-profile collaborations and high honors, noteworthy events and figures are highlighted in rich and intimate detail, and placed within the context of country music's ever-growing story.

The 2018 class of American Currents is fittingly broad, with creators and performers that span styles and media. Included in the exhibition: Jason Aldean, John Anderson, Dan Auerbach, Matraca Berg, Bobby Bones, Brothers Osborne, Alison Brown, Kane Brown, Becky Buller, Brad Clawson, Rodney Clawson, Tyler Mahan Coe, Luke Combs, Manuel Cuevas, Dan + Shay, Chris Eldridge, Dom Flemons, Florida Georgia Line, Nicolle Galyon, John Hartford, Sierra Hull, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Country Music Hall of Fame member Reba McEntire, Justin Moses, Carly Pearce, Pistol Annies, John Prine, Missy Raines, Country Music Hall of Fame member Tex Ritter, Jeannie Seely, Chris Stapleton, Molly Tuttle, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.

American Currents changes annually to reflect country music's continuing growth and development. Museum visitors learn about the deep history of the music in the permanent exhibition, Sing Me Back Home, and get a glimpse of country music’s ongoing evolution as a popular art form in American Currents, which highlights the full spectrum of activity in country music.

American Currents: The Music of 2018 is made possible by support from Hilton.

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