GRAMMY Museum to Host ‘The Power of Women in Country Music’ Exhibit

From international superstars such as Dolly Parton, Rosanne Cash, LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain and Taylor Swift to contemporary artists such as Mickey Guyton, Rissi Palmer, Leah Turner and Carly Pearce, the GRAMMY Museum®it is the The power of women in country music highlights the past, present and future of country music’s greatest pioneers. The exhibition will be launched on Friday May 27 and will continue until Sunday October 2. LeAnn Rimes is scheduled for a special public program hosted by Marissa R. Moss, author of Her Country: How Women in Country Music Became the Hit They Never Should Have Beento celebrate the new exhibit on Tuesday, May 31. Tickets for Museum members will go on sale from Thursday, April 28 and for the general public on Saturday, April 30.

The power of women in country music explores the rich history of women as a driving force in country music. From Maybelle and Sara Carter to Patsy Montana, Patsy Cline, Wanda Jackson and Emmylou Harris, women have always helped shape the sound of country and documented their own saga in song. These legendary acts eventually gave way to artists such as Reba McEntire, Shania Twain and Faith Hill and current hitmakers Maren Morris, Yola and Brandi Carlile. The exhibition celebrates a dynamic group of female songwriters and performers who come from diverse backgrounds and draw inspiration from a wide range of musical influences. As some of the artists participating in the exhibition said:

“I was thrilled to have my own exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum a few years ago. They’re fantastic for bringing music memories to fans. So of course I wanted to support the women in the country exposure. I hope you enjoy a little insight into my world, from fan country to country. – Dolly Parton

“It is humbling to be included in the women in the country exhibition alongside such powerful and impactful female artists. It also couldn’t be a better time to highlight elements of some of my most memorable moments, as this year marks my 25th anniversary in the industry. It’s crazy to think how fast time flies when you’re doing something you really love! – LeAnn Rimes

“I am absolutely blown away to be included in the GRAMMY Museum’s women in the country exposure. I have tremendous respect and admiration for inclusive women. It’s exciting ! –Rissi Palmer

Yola (Photo by Alison Buck/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

The power of women in country music will take visitors on a journey through the history of women in country music, from the early and post-WWII years, to Nashville’s emergence as a country music mecca, and to female artists country becoming international pop sensations. The exhibit will feature artifacts or special content from a diverse roster of 70 female country artists.

“I’m so inspired by the fearlessness, creativity and resilience of these artists. Each generation of women in country music has paved the way for the next, and now they’re headlining festivals, winning awards. GRAMMY®and breaking streaming records,” said Kelsey Goelz, Associate Curator of the GRAMMY Museum and curator of the exhibit.

Artists Featured via Artifacts:

  • Ingrid Andress
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Danielle Bradbery
  • Brandi Carlile
  • Maybelle and Sara Carter
  • Rosanne Cash
  • callista clark
  • Patsy Cline
  • Jessie Jo Dillon
  • Madeleine Edwards
  • Nicole Galyon
  • mickey guyton
  • Caylee Hammock
  • Emmylou Harris
  • tall women
  • hill of faith
  • Wanda Jackson
  • Jillian Jacqueline
  • Tiera Kennedy
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Loretta Lynn
  • Rose Madox
  • Reba McEntire
  • Patsy Montana
  • Maren Morris
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Rissi Palmer
  • Dolly Parton
  • Carly Pearce
  • Minnie Pearl
  • Annies Pistol
  • Margo Price
  • LeAnn Rimes
  • John Ritchie
  • Queen Roberts
  • Allison Russell
  • Hillary Scott
  • Britney Spencer
  • Taylor Swift
  • Lea Turner
  • Shania Twain
  • Laura Velz
  • Cindy Walker
  • Tricia Walker
  • Trisha Yearwood
  • yola

Maren Morris (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Exhibition highlights include:

    • Dolly Parton’s dress from her 1971 Grand Ole Opry performance of “Joshua” and her custom butterfly-encrusted Gibson banjo
    • Manuel Cuevas boots by Emmylou Harris, worn on the cover of her 1979 album Kentucky blue girl
    • Martin OM-28M Acoustic Guitar by Rosanne Cash
    • Wanda Jackson 1980s pink fringed performance blazer and Daisy Rock signature pink acoustic guitar
    • Reba McEntire’s pink dressing gown, worn in her 1993 music video for “Does He Love You”
    • Shania Twain’s outfit and top hat, worn in her 1999 music video for “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”
    • The blue dress of LeAnn Rimes, worn at the 39th edition of the GRAMMY Awards® in 1997, when she became both the youngest and first country artist to win Best New Artist
    • Faith Hill’s outfit from the 2017 Soul2Soul Tour and her 2002 GRAMMY Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance
    • Taylor Swift’s Deering banjo used in her 2010 music video for “Mean” and Etro dress from her performance at the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® in 2021
    • Reproduction of the booth featured in Taylor Swift’s 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards performance of “cardigan”/”august”/”willow”
    • New, never-before-seen artifacts from contemporary country artists Rissi Palmer, Leah Turner, Reyna Roberts, Brittney Spencer, Madeline Edwards, Callista Clark, and more.

For more information regarding advance ticket reservations for the exhibition and public program, as well as the Museum’s new security protocols, visit grammymuseum.org.

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