American Currents

The Museum offers perspective on country music’s latest chapter with the exhibition American Currents: State of the Music, open Friday, March 12, 2021. Presented annually, American Currents represents the ongoing research and analysis among curators and Museum staff to determine the most significant developments in country music over the previous year.

Open March 12, 2021 - February 22, 2022

Those featured in American Currents: State of the Music are artists, musicians, and songwriters who have shaped the broadly defined genre of country music.

About American Currents

Through the annual exhibition American Currents: State of the Music, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum explores the music and events that helped to shape the previous year. Amid a global health crisis, a renewed push for social justice, and more, the powerful role of country music and the stories told through it remained constant in 2020.

Those recognized in this year’s American Currents: State of the Music are:


Jimmie Allen


Ingrid Andress


Gabby Barrett


Casey Beathard


The Chicks


Eric Church

Luke Combs

Luke Combs

Charley Crockett

Charley Crockett


Freddy Fender


Mickey Guyton

Faith Hill

Faith Hill


Hot Country Knights


Miranda Lambert

Ashley McBryde

Ashley McBryde


Lester "Roadhog" Moran


Maren Morris


Rissi Palmer


Dolly Parton

John Prine

John Prine

Darius Rucker

Darius Rucker

Sister Sadie

Sister Sadie

Dan + Shay

Dan + Shay


Billy Strings

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Eddie Stubbs

American Currents: State of the Music includes an Unbroken Circle section, featuring paired artists that illustrate the connection between country music’s past and present; a video compilation of important country music moments from 2020; and a representation of the past year’s chart-topping country albums, singles, and highest-grossing tours as reported by Billboard and Pollstar.

The exhibition American Currents: State of the Music runs March 12, 2021, through February 6, 2022, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville. Plan your visit using the button below.

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