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Southern rock exhibit now open at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi

Between now and fall 2023, the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi in Cleveland is offering visitors a chance to explore the history of Southern rock music in its new exhibit called “The Sounds of Southern Rock.”

Curated by Bob Santelli and the Mississippi Museum, the exhibit showcases bands and artists who contributed to the development of the genre, including the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Charlie Daniels Band, Little Feat, the Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, and more.

Artifacts on display at the museum include:

  • Duane Allman’s and Dickey Betts’ Gibson guitars
  • Ed King’s Fender Stratocaster with custom-made shell picks
  • Charlie Daniels’ acoustic/electric Barcus Berry fiddle
  • Original sheet music for “Green Grass and High Tides” by Hughie Thomasson
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer, Michael Cartellone’s Pearl drum set
  • Vintage concert posters, stage outfits, and much more

Many of the artifacts on display in the exhibit have been provided by Hard Rock International, as well as the private estates of Charlie Daniels, the Allman Brothers, and Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

“The Southern rock genre exploded in the 1970s as an extension of an already long and vibrant Southern music heritage that encompassed blues, country, gospel, R&B, and even big band jazz,” Santelli said. “This exhibit will explore how Southern rock rose to become of the most popular genres of the decade and will spotlight the bands who made it famous, including the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd. While Southern rock’s heyday ended with the plane crash that took the lives of members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the genre lives on in the hearts and minds of music fans everywhere.”

Sponsors of the exhibit include Hard Rock International, Visit Cleveland, Gertrude C. Ford Foundation, Quality Steel Corporation, and Visit Mississippi.

“Of the many contributions that the South made to American music, the Southern rock genre is one of them,” Emily Havens, executive director of the museum, said. “This exhibit will provide a unique and in-depth look at the genre and the bands who made it famous. We can’t wait to share these important stories of Southern rock bands with our museum visitors, and we thank Hard Rock International for their partnership to bring this exhibit to life.”

To plan your visit to the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, click here.

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