The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum reopened its doors to the public on August 30 in its new location at Nashville’s Historic Municipal Auditorium, located at 417 4th Ave. North, Nashville, Tenn. The long awaited opening featured several brand new exhibits and quite a few exciting additions to the already deep catalog of items in the museum’s possession.
“We’re looking forward to the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum’s next chapter,” said Museum Founder, Joe Chambers. ” It’s been a long time coming.”
The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum not only honors those artists and musicians who have been in the spotlight, but it also honors the talented musicians who actually played in the studio on the greatest recordings of all time. While well-known artists like Jimi Hendrix are represented, primarily the museum showcases musicians such as L.A. session drummer Hal Blaine, The Swampers, The A-Team, The Memphis Boys, The Funk Brothers, The Wrecking Crew, and many other unsung heroes of music who have played on hundreds of hit records for more famous artists, such as Elvis, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, The Byrds, The Mamas and The Papas, The Beach Boys, and many more. Some of these studio bands actually became hit bands themselves like Booker T & The MG’s and TOTO.
The Musicians Hall Of Fame and Museum showcases the very instruments that some of history’s greatest musicians used to record many classic hits, and will constantly add new exhibits for visitors to enjoy from all genres of music. The museum is divided into cities that have a history of recorded music such as Detroit, Nashville, Muscle Shoals, Los Angeles, Memphis, and Atlanta. Each of these cities had musicians who were present when the recording industry began to evolve and who were talented enough to play any music that was presented to them regardless of style.
The museum now boasts many new historically important exhibits, like the Atlanta Georgia Southern Tracks Studio founder and music publisher Bill Lowery who gave Billy Joe Royal, Joe South, Ray Stevens, The Classic’s Four, and The Atlanta Rhythm Section, their start. Visitors can also see items from Memphis featuring the actual vocal booth and interior wall with built in sound baffles from American Sound Studio designed by Chips Moman in 1967 where Elvis recorded his biggest records ‘Suspicious Minds’ and ‘In The Ghetto.’ Also, B.J. Thomas’ ‘Hooked On A Feeling,’ Dusty Springfield’s ‘Son Of A Preacher Man,’ The Box Tops’ ‘The Letter,’ Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline,’ and Joe Tex’s ‘I Gotcha,’ and many others were recorded there.
Artist Betty Harper’s ‘50+ Years with Elvis’ exhibition only scratches the surface of Harper’s work, which includes great images of other famous artists, such as BB King. See her website for more at .
The museum is open daily, Monday-Saturday from 10 am–5 pm, and is available to rent as an event space. Check the website for a full schedule at <www.musicianshalloffame.com>.