Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum featuring Tom Petty display

The Country Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville^ TN. NASHVILLE^ TN^ USA - MARCH 28^ 2021

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is featuring the new display “Tom Petty: Where I Come From”, highlighting the legendary artist’s southern roots and continued influence on today’s country artists. The display is included with museum admission, and runs through summer of 2025.

Petty’s music bridged the gap between his southern upbringing and his life in southern California, where he cites country-rock bands The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and other Los Angeles groups as inspiration for his sound. The display works to complement the museum’s current exhibit, “Western Edge: The Roots and Reverberations of Los Angeles Country-Rock,” presented by City National Bank.

The Tom Petty exhibit features various artifacts from his career, including a Gretsch Roundup guitar, a jacket worn during the 1985 Live Aid concert and the Southern Accents Tour and stage wear from Mudcrutch reunion tours. Also on display are the handwritten lyrics for “Southern Accents,” the title track of his 1985 album, recently covered by Dolly Parton.

Petty collaborated with several Country Music Hall of Fame members throughout his career, such as Parton, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, George Strait and Marty Stuart. The artist’s influence on country music is evident by the tribute album, Petty Country: A Country Music Celebration of Tom Petty, which includes performances by stars Luke Combs, Rhiannon Giddens, Chris Stapleton and many more.

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