The 2018 exhibits for the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum turns the spotlight to a chart-topping mother-daughter duo, a Hall of Famer, a Grammy-winning contemporary band, and a mountain music legend.
Set on different dates and months next year, exhibits will be opened for Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, Little Big Town, and mother-and-daughter duo Wynonna and Naomi Judds.
Starting with the exhibit dedicated to Little Big Town, the Country Music Hall of Fame wants to pay tribute to their sweet and distinct harmonies. Dubbed as the “Girl Crush foursome”, Little Big Town released their eighth studio album in early 2017 called, The Breaker. Their new album was also nominated for the Grammy award, Best Country Album. Their most recent project was their 10-show Ryman Auditorium residency. The exhibit for Little Big Town will open on June 29.
Next in line is the late Ralph Stanley, whose Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit will open on July 13. Over the course of his seven-decade career, he was widely recognized as the other half of one the most influential and talented bluegrass duo, the Stanley Brothers. He is also known for his chilling recording of O Death, which led to him winning Best Male Country Vocal Grammy in 2001. The song was recorded as part of the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack.
Meanwhile, Emmylou Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame last 2008. Having influenced big-shot artists like Patty Griffin and Trisha Yearwood, her exhibit will be open to the public on October 5. She became the frontwoman for amazing roots bands like Nash Ramblers, Spyboy, and The Hot Band. She released notable albums like Luxury Liner and was also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award, courtesy of the Americana Music Association.
On August 3, The Judds will have their time in the spotlight for their exhibit. The mother and daughter duo has produced a long line of hit songs during the 1980’s and 90’s. Some of their most memorable works include Love Can Build a Bridge and Mama, He’s Crazy. After Wynona’s mother, Naomi, was diagnosed with hepatitis in 1991, Wynona went on to pursue her solo career.
Aside from the exhibits lined up for 2018, there will also be a program called American Currents: The Music of 2017 on March 3. The program seeks to remember how country music has grown over the year and will feature artifacts from artists like Maren Morris, and Brothers Osborne.
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