The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has two special online exhibits, available to be viewed from the comfort of your own home. Suiting the Sound: The Rodeo Tailors Who Made Country Stars Shine Brighter and Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City are both completely free, and tailored to an online viewing experience
Suiting the Sound: The Rodeo Tailors Who Made Country Stars Shine Bright, showcases the intricate artistry of Western-wear designers, who helped create the iconic “rhinestone cowboy” image. The exhibit include both items from the 1940s and 1950s, all the way through present day. Included in the exhibit are Hank Thompson’s boots; a Manuel jacket designed for Rosanne Cash; and a cowgirl costume, worn by Patsy Cline, which was inspired by Nudie Cohn, and sewn by Cline’s own mother.
Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City celebrates the artists and musicians who helped foster growth in Nashville as a premiere music center in the 1960s. The exhibit was previously in the Country Music Hall of Fame from 2015 to 2018, and has been adapted for online viewing. The exhibit celebrates the extraordinary contributions of both Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, as well as the top studio musicians of that era, dubbed the Nashville Cats. Items in this exhibit include a hand-written manuscript of “Wanted Man,” which Dylan wrote for Cash; Cash’s Eaves Costume Company suit, worn on his TV series The Johnny Cash Show; a mahogany 1949 Martin 00-17 used by Dylan in the early 1960s, and more.
“As a national history museum and global cultural institution, we are charged to consistently expand access to the museum’s collection and the interpretive work of our curators and historians, while advancing the documentation and preservation of American musical history,” museum CEO Kyle Young said in a statement. “These online exhibitions, made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, enabled the museum to create this novel exhibit platform.
“With it, we are not only able to reshare the story of the artists and musicians who helped to broaden Nashville’s reputation as a true Music City,” he added, “but also to tell a new story, that of the clothiers who created unmistakable designs that are now synonymous with country music.”
To find details on all that the Country Music Hall of Fame is offering online, as well as in-person, visit their website.
Photo Credits: Artifact courtesy of Marty Stuart; photo by Bob Delevante for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum