Emmylou Harris will be the featured subject of an upcoming exhibit—Emmylou Harris: Songbird’s Flight—at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Opening on Oct. 5 and running through Aug. 4, 2019, Songbird’s Flight will explore the musical and personal journey of the 13-time Grammy winner and Country Music Hall of Fame member.
“From my first album in 1975, the country music world has embraced me with open arms,” Emmylou said. “This exhibit at the Hall of Fame makes me realize once more how grateful and honored I am to be part of such a remarkable musical family.”
The exhibit includes many unique items, including:
- Emmylou’s first guitar, a Kay 1160 Deco Note
- Jacket designed by Manuel Cuevas that Emmylou wore on the cover of the album Trio
- Military decorations awarded to Emmylou’s Marine fighter pilot father, Walter “Bucky” Harris
- Handwritten letter from 18-year-old Emmylou to the editor of Sing Out!, a quarterly journal of folk music
- Gibson J-200N acoustic guitar with blonde finish, which was given to Emmylou by Gram Parsons
- Tunic, blue jeans and leather boots worn by Emmylou on the cover of her 1975 album, Elite Hotel
- Handwritten lyrics by Paul Kennerley to “Diamond in My Crown” and “White Line,” which Emmylou co-wrote and included on her 1985 album, The Ballad of Sally Rose
Emmylou will participate in a special program in the museum’s CMA Theater on Nov. 3.
photo by Jim Casey