On July 15, when I was visiting Nashville, Tennessee, I had the distinct pleasure to stop by and check out the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. An induction into this Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon any country music artist.
It is operated by the non-profit, educational Country Music Foundation (CMF). Its mission is to identify and preserve the evolving history and traditions of country music and to educate its visitors, whether they are country fans, students, scholars, musicians, or members of the music industry.
As I walked through the halls, I scrutinized artifacts from such well-known artists as Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Martina McBride, Buck Owens, Elvis Presley, Janie Fricke, as well as George Straight and Merle Haggard.
An exhibit that was quite striking was “Lee Greenwood: American Patriot,” which chronicles his childhood in California to penning his award-winning patriotic song “God Bless the U.S.A.”; moreover, it included Lee’s awards which were presented to him from military units and veteran groups, as well as a letter from then-president George H.W. Bush, where he thanked him for being a part of his inaugural ceremony, as well as an impressive collection of awards ranging from Grammys, Country Music Association (CMA) and Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards and several honorary doctorates that he has received along the way.
Another popular Hall of Fame exhibit is “Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour Exhibition,” which runs through November 10, which features costumes, instruments, colorful microphones and fan-created memorabilia that were a part of the multi-Grammy winner’s “Blown Away” tour.
Randee St. Nicholas
Carrie Underwood has her own "Blown Away" tour exhibit
One of my personal favorite rooms in the museum was the Hall of Fame Rotunda, which features the bronze plaques of all the acclaimed singers and songwriters that have been inducted into the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which included Johnny Cash, George Jones, Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Emmylou Harris, among countless others.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is an American institution and it is highly recommended to anybody interested in learning more about the history and evolution of the country genre of music. There is something in it for everybody, whether they are interested in traditional or modern country music. It certainly ranks as one of my Top 3 favorite attractions in Nashville along with The Grand Ole Opry and The Johnny Cash Museum.
To learn more about The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, visit its official website.