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Hall of Fame to Open Latest ‘American Currents’

The annual exhibit opens March 8 and will highlight significant developments in country music over the past year.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will offer perspective on country music’s latest chapter with the opening of American Currents: State of the Music on Wednesday, March 8. The exhibit runs until February 2024.

“Sunny Sweeney guitar” photo by Bob Delevante for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Presented annually, American Currents takes a broad view of the genre over the past year to explore musical developments, artist achievements and notable events, as determined by the museum’s curators and editorial staff.

“Each year through the American Currents exhibit, the museum documents and reports on the music and events that helped shape the previous year, examining a wide scope of contributions,” said Kyle Young, chief executive officer of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “Last year, we witnessed innovative collaborations, varied musical perspectives and well-deserved honors for emerging artists and established luminaries. American Currents allows us to highlight these moments and artists, sharing their significance in country music history.”

American Currents featured artists

Featuring a selection of artists, musicians, songwriters and institutions that figured prominently in country music in 2022. This year’s exhibition will include: 

  • Luke Combs
  • Charley Crockett
  • Sierra Ferrell
  • Rhiannon Giddens
  • Ashley Gorley
  • Cody Johnson
  • Wynonna Judd
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Parker McCollum
  • Scotty McCreery
  • Reba McEntire
  • Amanda Shires
  • Billy Strings
  • Sunny Sweeney
  • Molly Tuttle
  • Shania Twain
  • Morgan Wallen
  • Lainey Wilson

A section of the exhibit titled “Unbroken Circle” will highlight the musical connections of artists and organizations, including those who have influenced them or share musical perspectives. Featured pairings include the Black Opry and the Black Country Music AssociationJordan Davis and Bob McDillMiko Marks and Loretta Lynn and Morgan Wade and Elvis Presley.

The exhibit also includes a video compilation of important country music moments from 2022. In addition, the exhibit recaps the year’s chart-topping country albums, singles and highest-grossing tours as reported by Billboard and Pollstar.

For more information about American Currents: State of the Music, visit herePhotos of a selection of artifacts featured in American Currents: State of the Music can be found here.



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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.