Come to Make Records: Knoxville’s Contribution to American Popular Music
East Tennessee History Center, April 11 – October 16, 2016
An exhibit celebrating the rich musical history and heritage of Knoxville, Tennessee. From the popular fiddling contests of the 1880s, the seminal old time, jazz, blues, and gospel recordings produced at the St. James Hotel during 1929 and 1930, up through the groundbreaking 1940s-era country music radio programs that spawned legendary performers such as Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, and many more, Knoxville has contributed a diverse wealth of regional music.
The exhibit will feature memorabilia, artifacts, and vintage musical instruments. Some gems you can expect to see include Cal Davenport’s banjo, a guitar belonging to Chet Atkins, Roy Acuff’s fiddle and Carl and Pearl Butler’s Nudie-designed stage outfits!
The exhibit will include listening and viewing stations where visitors can listen to original recordings from the Knoxville Sessions and view rare footage of Knoxville performers in performance.