Country Music Hall Of Fame’s Upcoming ‘Western Edge’ Exhibit Explores Los Angeles’ Influence On Country Music

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The Country Music Hall of Fame has long had a reputation for honoring country music throughout history in awe-inspiring way. The announcement of their new exhibit will add to that reputation, I’m sure.

Scheduled for September 30, the new exhibit is titled: Western Edge: The Roots and Reverberations of Los Angeles Country-Rock.

“The exhibition traces the communities of singers, songwriters and visionary musicians in Los Angeles who, between the 1960s and 1980s, frequented local nightclubs, embraced country music, created and shaped musical fusion , “country-rock” and ultimately had a lasting impact on popular music.

Western Edge studies the rise of the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Eagles, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and others who found commercial success with a hybrid of rock sensibilities and country instrumentation and harmonies.

The musical contributions of these pioneers were expanded upon by the next generation of Los Angeles roots music performers – the Blasters, Los Lobos, Lone Justice, Dwight Yoakam and others – who once again drew inspiration from the music traditional American music, mixing hard-edge honky-tonk, Mexican folk music, rockabilly and punk rock, inspiring future generations of country and American artists.

Step back and visit Western Edge, The Roots and Reverberations of Los Angeles Country Rock.

Beginning September 30, 2022, country music fans can experience pieces of history from Los Angeles-based singers who pioneered music from the 1960s with the founding of the Americana sound through the 1980s with the curation of the “country-rock” phenomenon.

The exhibition begins by exploring the sound of artists like the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and more.

These pioneers went on to influence the next generation of artists like Lone Justice, the Blasters and Dwight Yoakam.

The exhibition also pays homage to the historic places that helped produce this sound, such as the Troubadour, the Palomino Club and the Ash Grove. Especially the Troubadour, a place of reference for many other musical genres, helping to define the sound and to highlight new artists.

Kyle Young, Executive Director of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, says:

“A new hybrid sound grew from humble beginnings in a few small LA nightclubs and quickly became one of the most popular musical styles around the world.”

Like many others in the Hall of Fame, this exhibit is one you could spend hours learning about, listening to and cherishing the roots of LA-based country music.

If you find yourself in Nashville, once the exhibit opens, add it to your to-do list.

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