The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum announced their line-up of 2018 exhibits and it's safe to say it's going to be a great year. With exhibitions on Little Big Town, Ralph Stanley, The Judds, and Emmylou Harris, as well as a revamp of the American Currents showcase, the Nashville museum will continue its expertise as the hub of country music history.
Introducing our 2018 Exhibitions line-up featuring American Currents: The Music of 2017, @LittleBigTown, #RalphStanley, #TheJudds, and @EmmylouSongbird! It’s going to be another great year at the Museum, come join us! #cmhof pic.twitter.com/NQIfUaii6u— Country Music HOF (@countrymusichof) December 6, 2017
The American Currents: The Music of 2017 exhibit will launch first, opening on March 9, 2018. The showcase first began in 2017, highlighting the music of 2016 and artists such as Kelsea Ballerini, Mickey Guyton, and Thomas Rhett. This year's recap is sure to be a star-studded collection, with artifacts confirmed from Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Randy Travis, Chris Young and more.
Luke Combs is honored by this opportunity, “being able to have a little piece of me and what we have accomplished in the last 2 years showcased in the American Currents exhibit is a dream come true. As often as I have toured the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum with family and friends that come to Nashville, I have often day dreamed about having my stuff here, and now with such a great program, that dream is now a reality."
On June 29, Little Big Town's exhibit will open to visitors at the Hall of Fame. The feature will showcase the highlights of their twenty years together as a band, including platinum albums, number one singles, and many awards. Karen Fairchild expresses what it means to the band to be included in 2018, “Having an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is something we wouldn't have ever known to dream of for ourselves, it is beyond a dream come true. We are honored to be a part of Country music, and are so thankful to all our fans, the music community here in Nashville and the museum for this opportunity."
The exhibit honoring Ralph Stanley's life and legacy as a Bluegrass legend will follow, opening on July 13. His son, Ralph Stanley II, spoke about what this means to their family: “This is a special moment for me personally and the entire family. Dad has been such an influence on me as an artist, but also on countless other country music stars today. Growing up by his side and getting to witness the impact he has had is something that I cherish more than words. It really comes to life now that he is going to be highlighted in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which he highly respected. I am beyond grateful to see this exhibit coming to life in 2018.“
The Judds, the sister-duo made up of Wynonna and Naomi Judd, had massive success together. The exhibit reflecting their career will open on August 3, 2018. The sisters expressed their gratitude for the exhibit in a release with the Hall of Fame. Wynonna began, "I am truly humbled and grateful to partner with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to honor the Judds legacy and relive some of the special moments we shared with our fans. What an honor.” Naomi continued by saying, “The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is sacred ground regarded with reverence and respect. I am so overjoyed to have the Judds career encapsulated in this new exhibit. I’m so proud of all the success Wynonna has accomplished and we owe everything to the fans who welcomed the Judds music into their homes.”
We're truly humbled and grateful to partner with the @countrymusichof to honor the Judds legacy and relive some of the special moments we've shared with our fans. What an honor. https://t.co/NwWBxAJNiL— Wynonna (@Wynonna) December 6, 2017
The final exhibit of 2018, launching on October 5, is on the incredible Emmylou Harris. Her massive career included fourteen albums in the Top Ten of the Billboard country album chart, twenty-seven Top Ten hits, and seven number one songs. Harris is honored to be a part of country music history, “From my first album release in 1975, country music has embraced me with open arms. This exhibit at the Hall of Fame makes me realize once more how grateful and honored I am to be part of such a remarkable musical family."
“From my first album release in 1975, country music has embraced me with open arms. This exhibit at the Hall of Fame makes me realize once more how grateful and honored I am to be part of such a remarkable musical family.” —EH https://t.co/Q5h7L0EAR9— Emmylou Harris (@EmmylouSongbird) December 6, 2017
We can't wait to see all of these amazing exhibits in the new year.