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Grammy Museum To Highlight Female Country Music Trailblazers In New Exhibition

27 April 2022 | 12:02 pm | Staff Writer

The exhibit will feature names including Kelsea Ballerini, Patsy Cline, Caylee Hammack, Dolly Parton, Kacey Musgraves, Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, Mickey Guyton and many more.

From May 27 to October 2, the Los Angeles-based Grammy Museum will highlight the contributions of over five decades of Nashville's finest female singer-songwriters and musicians. 

The Power of Women in Country Music Exhibition will feature artifacts or special content from a diverse roster of 70 female country artists. It will highlight the past, present and future of seventy of country music’s greatest female trailblazers. The exhibit will take visitors on a journey through the history of women in country music, from the early years and post-World War II to the emergence of Nashville as a country music mecca, and to female country artists becoming international pop sensations.

From Maybelle and Sara Carter to Patsy Montana, Patsy Cline, Wanda Jackson, and Emmylou Harris, women have always been instrumental in shaping the sound of country and documenting their own saga in song. These legendary acts eventually made way for performers such as Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, and Faith Hill and present-day hitmakers Maren Morris, Yola, Kelsea Ballerini, Mickey GuytonCaylee Hammack, Taylor SwiftKacey Musgraves and Brandi Carlile. The exhibit celebrates a dynamic group of female songwriters and performers who come from diverse backgrounds and draw from a wide array of musical influences.

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Kelsey Goelz, Grammy Museum’s Associate Curator and curator of the exhibit, noted, “I am 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 Grammys, and breaking streaming records.” 

Dolly Parton added, “I was thrilled to have my very own exhibit at the Grammy Museum a few years ago. They are fantastic at bringing music memorabilia to the fans. So, of course, I wanted to support the Women In Country exhibit. I hope you enjoy a little glimpse into my world, from one country fan to another.”

Also, Nashville resident and journalist Marissa R. Moss, author of the May 10-released Her Country: How the Women of Country Music Became the Success They Were Never Supposed to Be, will be in conversation with LeAnn Rimes for a special Public Program to celebrate the exhibit on May 31.

Tickets for Museum members will go on sale starting on Thursday, April 28 and for the general public on Saturday, April 30.