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Open Now: ‘American Currents: State of the Music’

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum offers perspective on country music’s latest chapter with the exhibition American Currents: State of the Music. 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. The latest installment is open now through February 5, 2023.

Museum Members get in free! Adult $27.95 | Youth (6-12) $17.95

Open March 4, 2022 - February 5, 2023

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 this annual exhibition, the Museum documents country music’s evolving history, diverse sounds, and broad cultural influence. In another year characterized by the complexities of the pandemic, the continued pursuit of social justice and more, country music stood out as a microcosm of American culture. The new installment of American Currents offers perspectives on music and events that shaped the genre in 2021.

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

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Jimmie Allen

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BRELAND

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Brandi Carlile

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Luke Combs

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Jerry Douglas and John Hiatt

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Jenee Fleenor

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Grand Ole Opry

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Mickey Guyton

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Tom T. Hall

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Walker Hayes

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Wanda Jackson

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Thomm Jutz

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Alison Krauss

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Reba McEntire

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Old Dominion

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Brothers Osborne

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Carly Pearce

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Allison Russell

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Brittney Spencer

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Chris Stapleton

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Billy Strings

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Taylor Swift

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Keith Urban

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Lainey Wilson

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Lee Ann Womack

A portion of the exhibit titled “Unbroken Circle” will highlight artists and their musical connections, including those who have influenced them or share musical perspectives. Featured pairings include BRELAND and Keith Urban, Thomm Jutz and Tom T. Hall, Brittney Spencer and Reba McEntire, and Lainey Wilson and Lee Ann Womack.

Featured Artifacts

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Mickey Guyton wore this pleated silk chiffon dress with draped cape on the cover of her 2021 album, Remember Her Name.

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Luke Combs wore this Jack Victor custom suit and this Eton dress shirt at the 2021 CMA Awards, where he was named Entertainer of the Year.

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Jenee Fleenor wore this custom Western-tailored dress at the 2021 CMA Awards, where she was named Musician of the Year.

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Billy Strings wrote the lyrics to his song “This Old World” on this notebook page. The song appears on his 2021 album, Renewal.

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Jimmie Allen wore these customized boots when he competed on ABC-TV’s Dancing with the Stars in 2021, and at the 2021 CMA Awards, where he was named New Artist of the Year.

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Singer-songwriter BRELAND’s single “Throw It Back” featured his co-writer, Keith Urban, on the recording and in the music video. Urban used this custom-designed and hand-painted guitar effects pedal in the 2021 video.

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Thomm Jutz’s 1969 Gibson Country and Western guitar was bequeathed to him by his friend Richard Dobson, a Texas-based singer-songwriter who passed away in 2017.

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Keith Urban used this Deering Boston six-string banjo—also called a “ganjo,” because it’s strung like a guitar—in the 2021 music video for BRELAND's single “Throw It Back.”

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Allison Russell played this Yamaha clarinet, among other instruments, on her 2021 solo album, Outside Child.


The exhibition American Currents: State of the Music runs March 4, 2022, through February 5, 2023, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville.

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