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American Currents: State of the Music

Presented by Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville TN

American Currents: State of the Music

American Currents: State of the Music offers insight and perspective into the artists, musicians, and songwriters shaping today’s country music story.

The exhibition American Currents: State of the Music highlights the music and moments that mark country music’s present, and shares their significance in country music history.

The 2020 installment includes explorations of unprecedented collaborations, recording-breaking chart success, and the continued evolution of the genre, featuring artists spanning styles, eras, and approaches.

Included in this year’s exhibition are Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Blanco Brown, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dan + Shay, Jenee Fleenor, Florida Georgia Line, Country Music Hall of Fame member Tom T. Hall, The Highwomen, Lil Nas X, Hillary Lindsey, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, John Prine, Chris Stapleton, Tanya Tucker, Carrie Underwood, and Morgan Wallen.

American Currents: State of the Music also features the Unbroken Circle, an illustration of the connection between country music’s past, present, and future, rendered through the stories of today’s artists and those who influenced their creative and professional growth. Unbroken Circle’s 2020 cast includes: Erin Enderlin and Country Music Hall of Fame member Reba McEntire; Cody Johnson and Chris LeDoux; Billy Strings and Jerry Douglas; Tenille Townes and Patty Griffin; and Yola and Country Music Hall of Fame member Dolly Parton.

American Currents Exhibition Highlights include instruments, stagewear, song manuscripts, personal artifacts, and more.

A few highlights

  • Tanya Tucker’s jumpsuit, worn on the back cover of her album While I’m Still Livin’
  • Country Music Hall of Fame member Dolly Parton’s yellow suit, worn while performing with The Highwomen at the Newport Folk Festival
  • Brandi Carlile’s Manuel suit, worn during The Highwomen performances
  • Luke Combs’s guitar signed by Country Music Hall of Fame member Willie Nelson
  • Blanco Brown’s Nike Air Force 1 shoes (with spurs), worn in “The Git Up” music video

Source: Country Music Hall of Fame


Included in the Price of Admission
General admission tickets may be purchased in person at a Museum box office | Ticket Packages Available

General Admission:
$23.95/Seniors (60+) & Students
$15.95/Youth (6-12)
FREE/Children under 5 & Museum Members

Contact: (615) 416-2001

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Additional time info:

Open Daily 9am-5pm, Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.


* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

222 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203
(Neighborhood: Downtown)

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

If your event is being affected, canceled, or postponed due to the response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, please provide the details below.:

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will reopen its galleries to the public at 9am Thursday, September 10, 2020. The day before, Wednesday, September 9, the Museum will open at the same hour for Museum members. Tours of Hatch Show Print and Historic RCA Studio B will resume in a limited capacity. The Taylor Swift Education Center will be closed to the public for the time being. All in-person programming remains on hiatus. All exhibitions that had opened before the Museum closed on March 13 have been extended. The Museum will reopen in alignment with Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s Roadmap for Reopening Nashville. Policies and procedures will help ensure a safe and healthy environment for guests, staff, and volunteers. In addition to being a part of the Good to Go Program, the Museum worked with the Metro Health Department’s Policy Department to review and refine safety protocols and procedures. Guidelines include: Masks for staff and guests over age 2 Temperature checks for staff and guests entering the building Intensified and expanded cleaning routines, which include disinfecting high-touch surfaces such as elevator buttons, touchscreens, and handrails Timed ticketing and touchless transactions

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