Jelly Roll, Megan Moroney & Morgan Wallen To Be Featured In New Country Music Hall Of Fame Exhibit
The new exhibit opens on February 28, 2024 and runs through February 2025.
Jelly Roll, Megan Moroney, Morgan Wallen; Photos Provided
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is preparing to open American Currents: State of the Music on Wednesday, Feb. 28. This exhibit honors the latest chapter of country music by showcasing clothing, guitars, or other significant items belonging to artists like Jelly Roll, Megan Moroney, Lainey Wilson, Morgan Wallen and more.
The museum’s curators and editorial staff have come together to assemble a collection that delves into musical advancements, artist achievements, and other significant events that impacted the current state of the industry. Presented annually, American Currents offers a unique look into the genre’s evolution over the past year through notable country music moments that recap the stand-outs of chart-topping country albums, singles, and highest-grossing tours. The exhibit will also introduce a video compilation of notable country music moments from 2023.
Located in the museum’s ACM Gallery, the star-powered exhibit is set to run until February 2025.
“Through the 8th annual American Currents exhibit, the museum looks at the country music landscape through a wide-angle lens — encompassing developments in mainstream country, Americana, bluegrass and related roots music,” said Kyle Young, chief executive officer of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “Our curators and historians examine the year’s major events and achievements, allowing the museum to assemble an exhibit that reflects the genre’s current impact, history and continued evolution.”
Jelly Roll’s Custom Patchwork Denim Jacket
A sneak peek of the exhibit is offered on the official Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum website, showcasing items like Jelly Roll’s custom-made patchwork denim jacket that features hand-painted artwork of the Nashville skyline, piano keys and and his name on the back. The “Need A Favor” artist wore this stylish jacket during his first sold-out headlining concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on December 9, 2022. As a result of the milestone show, a portion of the proceeds was donated to programs geared toward benefiting at-risk youth.
Lainey Wilson’s “Heart Like A Truck” Inspired Guitar
Another item listed is Lainey Wilson’s guitar she used during shows on her headlining tour in 2023. This instrument perfectly captures her signature style and matches the cover of her chart-topping hit, “Heart Like A Truck,” with a custom paint job of leopard print and groovy swirls that add a pop of color.
Tyler Childers’ Rustin’ in the Rain Cover Art Attire
Tyler Childers’ career is also on display through the outfit he wore on the cover of his latest album, Rustin’ in the Rain. The old-fashioned look includes a shirt, pants and suspenders that represents the theme of grueling love stories that are prominently presented throughout the collection.
In addition to Jelly Roll, Wilson, and Childers, the other musicians, songwriters, and prominent figures that will be featured in American include Oliver Anthony, Kelsea Ballerini, Sam Bush, Luke Combs, S.G. Goodman, Nat Myers, Nickel Creek, Joy Oladokun, Allison Russell, Shucked (the Broadway musical scored by Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally), SistaStrings, Billy Strings, Taylor Swift, Molly Tuttle, Morgan Wallen, Kelsey Waldon, The War And Treaty, and Lucinda Williams.
One section of the exhibit titled “Unbroken Circle” will highlight a select group of artists alongside their musical inspirations who made an impact on their journey in some way. Featured pairings include Jessie Jo Dillon and Cindy Walker, C.J. Lewandowski and Bobby Osborne, Megan Moroney and Kacey Musgraves and Hailey Whitters and Martina McBride.
Coinciding with the exhibit’s grand opening on Feb. 28, the museum will host related programming including a Songwriter Session with Kelsey Waldon on March 2 and a Musician Spotlight with C.J. Lewandowski on March 3.
To learn more about the upcoming exhibit and opening weekend programs, visit the museum’s official website HERE.
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.