The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville is a must. I don’t care if you don’t even like country music – if you’ve ever listened to the radio, you’re going to find something relevant and interesting. Not to be missed.
There’s a special room dedicated to Patsy Cline, who was only 30 when she died, and I cried reading the letter she wrote to her mother-in-law about how she couldn’t pay the phone bill. She seemed so normal, despite her fame and incredible talent. Such a loss.
They’ve got a fascinating exhibit about the Bakersfield sound, featuring Buck Owens, Merle Haggard (who I was surprised to learn is still alive – Sorry, Merle!), and Dwight Yoakam. There’s also a ton of archival video footage, audio clips, photos, and artifacts.
Like any journalist worth no salt at all, I completely forgot to take notes, so I’m not sure who the next couple items belonged to. Maybe someone out there knows?
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