Published on August 31, 2022 |
by TLV News
A new exhibit will explore the history of the genre with stories and artifacts from the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more in Cleveland, Mississippi.
The history of Southern rock music is set to be explored in a new exhibit opening at GRAMMY® Museum Mississippi in Cleveland, MississippiSeptember 30, 2022. Organized by Bob Santelli and the Mississippi Museum, The Sounds of Southern Rock will highlight bands and artists who have been integral to the development of the genre, including the Allman Brothers Group, Lynyrd Skynyrdthe Charlie Daniels Band, small feat, The Outlaws, Molly Hachette, and more. A partnership with international hard rockthe exhibit will be on view in the Museum’s Special Exhibitions Gallery through the fall of 2023. Other sponsors include Visit Cleveland, Gertrude C. Ford Foundation, Quality Steel Companyand Visit Mississippi. The opening events of the exhibition will be announced soon.
“The Southern rock genre exploded in the 1970s as an extension of an already long and vibrant Southern musical heritage that encompassed blues, country, gospel, R&B and even big band jazz,” said the curator of the exhibition, Bob Santelli. “This exhibition will explore how Southern rock became one of the most popular genres of the decade and highlight the bands that made it famous, including the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd. While the heyday of Southern rock ended with the plane crash that claimed the lives of members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the genre lives on in the hearts and minds of music fans everywhere.
“Of the many contributions the South has made to American music, the Southern rock genre is one of them,” said Emily Havens, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. “This exhibition will offer a unique and in-depth look at the genre and the bands that made it famous. We look forward to sharing these important Southern rock band stories with visitors to our museum, and thank Hard Rock International for their partnership in bringing this exhibit to life.
Artifacts on display in the exhibit will include:
- The Gibson guitars of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts
- Ed King’s Fender Stratocaster with custom picks
- The acoustic/electric violin Barcus Berry by Charlie Daniels
- Original score for “Green Grass and High Tides” by Hughie Thomasson
- Drummer by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Drums Pearl by Michael Cartellone
- Vintage concert posters, stage outfits and more
Many of the artifacts on display in the exhibit were provided by Hard Rock International, as well as the private estates of Charlie Daniels, the Allman Brothers, and Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd.