The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will recall and offer its perspective on the past calendar year with the opening of its first exhibition of 2019, American Currents: The Music of 2018, on Friday, March 8, 2019. The exhibit runs through Feb. 8, 2020.
The exhibit carefully examines the previous year in country music, defined broadly to include country-related styles such as Americana and bluegrass music, and offers rich detail about the noteworthy figures and events in country music’s recent past.
“Each year brings new components to the country music story, and 2018 was no different,” said Kyle Young, CEO, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “Last year, we witnessed extraordinary chart and tour success, exciting collaborations, and well-deserved honors. American Currents allows us to highlight these moments while showing their significance in country music history.”
The 2018 class of American Currents is composed of artists, songwriters, and broadcasters, and includes: 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, Dan + Shay, Chris Eldridge, Dom Flemons, Florida Georgia Line, Nicolle Galyon, John Hartford, Sierra Hull, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Country Hall of Fame member Reba McEntire, Justin Moses, Carly Pearce, Pistol Annies, John Prine, Missy Raines, Tex Ritter, Jeannie Seely, Chris Stapleton, Molly Tuttle, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.
American Currents changes annually to reflect the top stories and trends of the past year in country music. Museum visitors learn about the deep history of the music in the permanent exhibition, Sing Me Back Home, and they 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.
Other exhibits currently available are Little Big Town: The Power of Four, Outlaws and Armadillos: Country’s roaring 70s, Emmylou Harris: Songbird’s Flight and The Judds: Dream Chasers.
One of the most visited museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 2.5 million artifacts, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2017. For more information, visit countrymusichalloffame.org.
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