NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The life and career of Jason Aldean, two-time and reigning Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, is explored in the exhibition “Jason Aldean: Asphalt Cowboy,” presented by Field & Stream, opening May 26 through Nov. 5 at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.
Aldean has helped define today’s country music with his wide-open sound. The exhibit recalls the 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. “Jason Aldean: Asphalt Cowboy” includes childhood mementos, memorabilia from Aldean’s early career, stage wear, guitars, awards, photos and more from his personal collection.
Field & Stream, a specialty outdoor retail and product brand owned and operated by DICK’S Sporting Goods, is sponsoring the exhibit, to enable country music fans and outdoor enthusiasts from all over the nation get a closer look at one of the most iconic artists in the industry. Aldean has been a Field & Stream spokesperson since 2016.
Jason Aldean: Asphalt Cowboy exhibition highlights include:
• Wooden childhood rocking horse with Aldean’s name engraved
• First guitar, given to Aldean by his father
• High school graduation photo
• T-shirt, bio and set list for Aldean’s high school band the Young Guns
• Poster for Trisha Yearwood and Aldean, when he opened for her homecoming concert in the late ’90s
• Contract cover letter for signing with Broken Bow Records, 2004
• Brown short-sleeve shirt worn in “Johnny Cash” video
• Note from Jay Leno to Aldean before Tonight Show performance, November 2010
Aldean’s installation leads a year packed with revealing exhibitions on subjects including Loretta Lynn, Shania Twain, and country music couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.
One of the most visited museums in the United States, with an unduplicated collection of more than 2.5 million artifacts, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
For more information, visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org.
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