Oct 16 2013 | 5 Comments
FROM DOLLY PARTON TO THE PARTHENON
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Sunday morning I woke up in Nashville, and hustled downstairs to get my husband coffee. I brought him all the papers. Lorretta Lynne would have been proud, I stood by my man. But I had ulterior motives , I wanted to go to the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum. They have Elvis’ caddy. I wanted to see it. I actually didn’t know what all they had, but I wanted to see it before we left. So after he was good and pampered I said, we’re going to the Hall of Fame museum. He went. And he loved it.
It’s enormous. It’s full of history. It traces Country Music from its roots to its present day pop status. It has kitsch, guitars and clothes and videos and it just sucks you into the washer of old country western music, then tosses you into the spin cycle of it’s present day pop status. It is so much damn fun. I hated to leave. Glenn loved it too.
The line to get in. We got there at eleven. By the time church got out it was out the door.
Me in front of the Taylor Swift Educational Center. I refrain from comment.
A little backstory.
It’s on three levels and very well designed. You don’t find yourself elbowing people out of the way to see things. Not that I would ever do that.
A little more history for you.
They have everything, from old posters to well you will see….
I just loved this, it’s Cindy Walker’s typewriter. Who was Cindy Walker? Cindy Walker (July 20, 1918 – March 23, 2006) was a prolific American songwriter, as well as a country music singer and dancer. As a songwriter Walker was responsible for a large number of popular and enduring songs recorded by many different artists.
Here it is – not a great photo, but it’s Elvis gold Cadillac.
There was a few more cars. This was Web Pierce’s Bonneville. It had guns and coins all over it. I’m for gun control, had to get that in, but this was a sight to see.
Part of the inside. It was big!
The door handle.
I love this it is Dan Gibson’s suit.
There were a lot of guitars. They ranged from the most humble to the most ornate. They ranged from fiddles to acoustic guitars. This is Bill Monroe’s Gibson F-5 Mandolin. Considered the most famous mandolin in American history.
Earl Scruggs Banjo.
Hank Williams’ guitar.
This was the original mixing board from Studio B. Elvis recorded on this. We’ve come a long way.
Walls of gold and platinum records are everywhere.
I never knew about the Bakersfield sound. If you come from California you never think much has happened in Bakersfield.
Glenn learning about the Bakersfield sound.
The famous duos of Country
Buck Owens, West Cost sound, ruled in the 60′s later starred in Hee Haw.
The great George Jones’s suit.
Dolly Parton’s dress. I swear as I was trying to focus the little square kept going to her boobs.
They included the clothes and guitars from most everyone important in country music.
Just love this jacket.
Emmy Lou Harris’s guitar.
How cool is Alabama’s?
Then Taylor Swift blings hers up.
They had a special exhibition of Carrie Underwood’s clothes from her last tour.
Quote by Merle Haggard, instrumental in forming the California Country.
David Ewing picked us up and we went over the to the new Robert Stern designed library to hear Governor Bill Halsam talk with writer Jon Meachamp in a dialogue about history, our present day government, what is happening at the moment, and how they intersect.
Writer Jon Meacham and Tennessee Gov. Bill Halsam on stage.
Before we left the library David took us to see the Civil Rights Room. David being David felt the room originally lacked anything that made it stand out. He thought the room devoted to Civil Rights should have a draw and some impact. So he set about figuring out how to do it and he raised the funds. What now exists is not just a room but an experience.
The first thing you see when you enter.
David felt instead of a normal reading table the table should represent something, so they turned it into a version of a lunch counter- without the lunch.
And all around it is the entire history of the Civil Rights movement.
What you see as you exit.
OK – how about if I tell you we left the library we went to the Parthenon. We did. For its Centennial Celebration in 1897, Tennessee built a replica of the Parthenon in Centennial Park. David is an expert on this as well, as he collects Centennial memorabilia. In fact much of the “on loan” collection at the Parthenon is his. So yet again, we got the grand tour.
Told you so.
Athina. Designed by our friend Will Akers brother-in-law Alan LeQuire.
The back of the sculpture.
Meanwhile back to reality.
SONG – GEORGE JONES