Chris Stapleton, Martina McBride + More Earn 2020 Hall of Fame Exhibits
The Country Music Hall of Fame is gearing up for its 2020 exhibit schedule, which will spotlight a diverse variety of some of the genre's most luminous artists. Chris Stapleton, Martina McBride and Bill Anderson are among those who will be featured in exhibits next year.
First up is Stapleton's exhibit, which will open on June 26, 2020. The showcase will offer a review of his rise to country music's highest echelon of performers, beginning with his career as a songwriter and including his time as part of award-winning bluegrass group the SteelDrivers. "I'm proud to get share pieces of our musical journey at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum," Stapleton commented in a press release.
On Aug. 21, an exhibit spanning McBride's 25-plus-year tenure as one of the genre's brightest stars will open. Beginning with her major-label studio debut in 1992 and featuring career highlights such as "Independence Day" and "A Broken Wing," the exhibit will spotlight McBride's innovative career in country music.
"Having an exhibit in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is something I've had on my dream list for a long, long time," McBride explains. "Being able to share moments and mementos from my life and career with my fans and country music fans from all over the world is both humbling and exciting. I'm so grateful to be a part of country music."
Finally, beginning on Nov. 20, the museum will spotlight "Whisperin'" Bill Anderson, who first found success in the genre in 1958. Since then, he's earned 37 Top 10 hits as an artist and received a long list of accolades for his contributions in the songwriting community. He became a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002.
In a press release, Anderson reminisces about his early dreams as a baseball player, and reflects on his legacy in country music. "I grew up dreaming of the day they'd put my ball glove into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, but realized many years ago that wasn't going to happen. But now, knowing that my guitar and maybe a rhinestone suit or two will be put into an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville more than makes up for it," he comments.
"When our Hall does an exhibit, they really do it up right. I am thrilled to know that I am about to be a small part of their incredible legacy," Anderson adds.
In addition to the three special exhibits, the Hall of Fame has also revealed that their annual American Currents exhibit will return in 2020, focusing once again on the newest installment of country music history. That exhibit will launch on March 6, 2020.
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