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Country Music Hall of Fame Announces ‘Outlaws & Armadillos’ Exhibit


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  • January 16, 2018

2018 is shaping up to be a great year for The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (CMHOF) in Downtown Nashville. With many exhibits reflecting the current state of country music, the CMHOF is sure to educate on the roots of the genre as well. Their newest addition, “Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring '70s," will open on May 25 and stay open through Valentine's Day, 2021.

This major installation will explore the world of outlaw country and the artists who sparked this movement: Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson. Tom T. Hall, Billy Joe Shaver, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, and more. The CMHOF will show that these outlaws became monumental by “creating music and a culture that shook the status quo on Music Row and cemented their place in country music history and beyond."

Take a look into the exhibit in their announcement video below:

The Hall of Fame explains the exhibit by saying, “Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring '70s, will explore this era of cultural and artistic exchange between Nashville, Tenn., and Austin, Texas, revealing untold stories and never-seen artifacts. The exhibition, which opens May 25 for a nearly three-year run, will explore the complicated, surprising relationship between the two cities."

The museum CEO, Kyle Young, says that “Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring '70s offers an unprecedented look at some of the most compelling music and artists in music history. This was an era in which renegades Bobby Bare, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson fought for and won creative control of their own songs and sounds. It was a time when melodic poets Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Billy Joe Shaver elevated public perception of what a country song could be. It was a time when the Austin, Texas, music and arts scenes blossomed, and when characters like singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker, Hondo Crouch (who bought his own town, Luckenbach, Texas), armadillo art specialist Jim Franklin and University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal changed Lone Star culture. At the time, some of these things seemed unusual, even insane. Now, they all seem essential to any understanding of this great American art form, country music."

The three-year exhibit replaces the “Dylan, Cash & The Nashville Cats Exhibit," and will have coinciding educational programs, live performances, panel discussions, movies, a companion book, CD & LP sets, and much more.

Be sure to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 2018 to see the Outlaws & Armadillos exhibit, as well as all of the previously announced 2018 exhibits on Little Big Town, Ralph Stanley, The Judds, American Currents, and Emmy Lou Harris.

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