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Ashland natives the Judds among subjects of special exhibits at Country Music Hall of Fame

December 11, 2017 GMT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Regional natives and country music icons the Judds, natives of Ashland, and the late Ralph Stanley, who was from Clinch Mountain, Virginia, just across the border from Eastern Kentucky, are among artists to be honored with exhibitions at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2018, according to a news release.

The full schedule also includes exhibits featuring Little Big Town and Emmylou Harris.

“For more than 50 years, the museum has shared with its visitors the rich and diverse history of country music, while documenting the music’s ongoing evolution. Our 2018 exhibits continue that tradition,” museum CEO Kyle Young said in the release.

The exhibit exploring the lives and careers of Grammy-winning mother-daughter duo the Judds will open Aug. 3, 2018.

Wynonna and Naomi Judd brought a fresh acoustic sound to country music, with harmonies surrounding Wynonna Judd’s lead vocals. The duo dominated the country charts during the 1980s and ’90s, and have sold more than 20 million albums and registered 20 Top Ten hits.

Although the Judds dissolved in 1991, they have reunited for special tours and performances, and Wynonna Judd has achieved success as a solo artist.

“I am truly humbled and grateful to partner with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to honor the Judds’ legacy and relive some of the special moments we shared with our fans. What an honor,” Wynonna Judd said in the release.

“The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is sacred ground regarded with reverence and respect. I am so overjoyed to have the Judds’ career encapsulated in this new exhibit,” Naomi Judd said in the release. “I’m so proud of all the success Wynonna has accomplished, and we owe everything to the fans who welcomed the Judds’ music into their homes.”

July 13 brings the exhibit devoted to mountain musician Stanley, whose rendition of “O Death,” from the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” film soundtrack captured the 2001 Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal.

After 20 years as half of legendary bluegrass duo the Stanley Brothers, Ralph Stanley began a solo career in 1966 following the death of brother Carter Stanley. His distinctive tenor broke new ground in bluegrass, and he became a standard-bearer for country music’s Appalachian folk roots.

“This is a special moment for me personally and the entire family,” Ralph Stanley II said in the release. “Dad has been such an influence on me as an artist, but also on countless other country music stars today. Growing up by his side and getting to witness the impact he has had is something that I cherish more than words. It really comes to life now that he is going to be highlighted in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which he highly respected.”

The special exhibit highlighting Little Big Town is set to open June 29, and a major exhibition focused on 12-time Grammy winner and Country Music Hall of Fame member Emmylou Harris is set for an Oct. 5 opening.

In addition to examining the stories of individual artists, the museum will unveil the exhibition “American Currents: The Music of 2017,” on March 9. The exhibit aims to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the major country music happenings in the prior year. Highlights of 2017 will be represented by artifacts from Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Randy Travis, Chris Young and other artists to be announced.

For more information, visit countrymusichalloffame.org.