Some of the biggest names in country music got a sneak peek last night of the second annual American Currents exhibit, hosted by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. Among those in attendance included the Florida Georgia Line duo, Chris Young, Brothers Osbourne, Luke Combs, and more.
The new exhibit, American Currents: The Music of 2017, will open to the public March 9, where visitors will be able to view artifacts on display from some of the most significant moments in country music, spanning across the entire genre.
From Jason Aldean's Entertainer of the Year trophy, the ACM Awards in 2017, TJ Osborne's (Brothers Osborne) 1962 Kay archtop electric guitar to Taylor Swift's custom-made Atelier Versace romper and Stuart Weitzman beaded booties worn for a Houston performance, the gallery will give patrons a chance to see the Hall of Fame bring different country artists together.
Last night we were added to the American Currents exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame (next to our sister from another mister @marenmorris). Words can’t possibly describe the gratitude and honor that we feel. We were once employees of the @officialcmhof. Waiting tables for events like the ones we attended last night. Dreaming of the day we would get the chance to make a living in music let alone have get to be a part of an exhibit. We thank our lucky stars every damn day.
“At this museum we understand country music not as a narrow format, but as an expansive big tent genre,” Hall of Fame CEO Kyle Young said during the exhibit's preview on Tuesday night. “One inclusive enough to welcome contemporary radio stars, acoustic music virtuosos, bluegrass pickers, Americana heavyweights, songwriters, producers, and on and on.”
Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard seemed to agree, emphasizing the fact that regardless of what kind of country artist you are, there is a place for you in the genre,
“It’s a genre that we’re really proud of,” Hubbard told Rolling Stone Country. “If you look through this [exhibit] at the music of 2017 – it was probably one of the most diverse years, with so many different lanes being filled so well at the same time. We’re really proud to be part of a genre that’s so open-minded and willing to accept good songs, regardless of if it fits in the exact mold you would expect or not.”
American Currents: The Music of 2017 will run through the end of the year until February 2019.