These Artists Will Be Spotlighted For 'Significant Developments' In Country
By Kelly Fisher
January 24, 2023
Luke Combs, HARDY, Wynonna Judd, Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Elvis Presley, Shania Twain, Morgan Wallen, Lainey Wilson and many, many more will be featured in the annual American Currents: State of the Music exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Country Music Hall of Fame explained, with its announcement on Tuesday (January 24), that American Currents — which features a range of artists, musicians, songwriters and institutions — “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,” Kyle Young, chief executive officer of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, said in a statement. “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.”
The exhibit will feature Luke Combs, Charley Crockett, Sierra Ferrell, Rhiannon Giddens, Ashley Gorley, HARDY, 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 and Lainey Wilson. One section of the exhibit, the “Unbroken Circle,” will feature several influential pairings: Black Opry and the Black Country Music Association, Jordan Davis and Bob McDill, Miko Marks and Loretta Lynn and Morgan Wade and Elvis Presley.
The Country Music Hall of Fame will host Songwriter Sessions with Marks and Sweeney on March 11, in support of the opening of the American Currents exhibit. Last year, some of the artists in the exhibit included Jimmie Allen, Brandi Carlile, Mickey Guyton, Walker Hayes, Old Dominion, Carly Pearce, Chris Stapleton and more. Artists returning to the exhibit for another year include Combs, Wilson and others. The exhibit featured tons information and memorabilia for museum goers to see.
American Currents: State of the Music is set to open on March 8, and will run until February 2024. Here are some of the artifacts you can see (info courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum):