NASHVILLE, TN – Dec. 5, 2019 – The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has set its 2020 roster of new exhibitions.
“American Currents: State of the Music” will return in 2020, offering insight into the latest chapter of country’s ongoing evolution. The museum will have exhibits on the lives and careers of Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson, award-winning Martina McBride and acclaimed artist Chris Stapleton.
Now an annual offering, “American Currents: State of the Music” will open March 6, 2020. The exhibition represents the ongoing research, analysis, vigorous debate, and yes, even argument, among curators and museum staff to determine the most important developments in country music over the previous year.
The Chris Stapleton exhibition will open June 26, 2020. Before he achieved solo success with the 2015 release of triple-platinum album Traveller and the hits “Tennessee Whiskey” and “Parachute,” Stapleton proved his musical mettle as a songwriter with more than 150 songs recorded by Adele, Luke Bryan, Alison Krauss and George Strait. This exhibit will explore Stapleton’s personal and musical influences and his climb to stardom, including his time in the SteelDrivers.
An exhibit exploring Martina McBride’s legacy opens Aug. 21, 2020. For more than 25 years, McBride – known for hits including “Independence Day” and “A Broken Wing” – has ranked as one of country music’s most powerful voices. The Kansas native released her major label debut in 1992, and had her first Top 10 single in 1993 with “My Baby Loves Me.” Inspired by Linda Ronstadt, Reba McEntire and Connie Smith, McBride brought a voice and style that set her apart from her peers. In 2019, the Academy of Country Music presented her with the Cliffie Stone Icon Award for her contributions to country music.
The life and career of Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson will be displayed beginning Nov. 20, 2020. Known for his breathy, conversational vocal style, “Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson has logged 37 Top 10 hits as a recording artist. Anderson has earned more than 50 BMI awards for songwriting. His first success came in 1958, when he wrote “City Lights,” a No. 1 single for Ray Price. Anderson’s songs have been recorded by James Brown, Kenny Chesney, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dean Martin, the Louvin Brothers, Roger Miller, Jim Reeves, Connie Smith, George Strait, Porter Wagoner and Kitty Wells. In 2005, Anderson and Jon Randall Stewart wrote “Whiskey Lullaby,” recorded by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss. It was CMA Song of the Year, and in 2007, Anderson won the CMA and ACM Song of the Year awards for “Give It Away,” written with Buddy Cannon and Jamey Johnson and recorded by Strait. A Grand Ole Opry member since 1961, Anderson entered the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975, the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002 and the New York-based Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.
The museum’s continuing exhibition “Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ‘70s,” looks at the relationship between Austin, Texas and Nashville during the 1970s, an era of freewheeling cultural and artistic exchange that skirted the status quo and changed country music. The exhibition is open through Feb. 14, 2021.
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