Hunter Hayes to Officially Open the Exhibit on Oct. 24


CMA Awards Winner Hunter Hayes to Officially
Open the Exhibit on Oct. 24

NASHVILLE – The Country Music Association (CMA) and
the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix have partnered to create a one-of-a-kind
exhibit celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the CMA Awards in honor of the music makers.

Multi-instrumentalist and
CMA Awards winner Hunter Hayes will be on hand Monday, Oct. 24 (10:30 AM/MT) to officially open the exhibit,
which features instruments on loan from several CMA Musician of the Year nominees
and winners including Roy Clark, Jerry Douglas,
Mac McAnally, and Mark O’Connor. Together,
they have 61 total CMA Awards nominations and 25 wins.

“CMA has always recognized and done great work highlighting
not only the people on stage but everyone who shapes this industry with hard work
and dedication to their craft,” said Hayes. “This exhibit is another example
of the many stories behind the music we love and what makes that music great!”

“Music is at the heart
of everything we do as an association and this exhibit shines a deserving spotlight
on some of our best players,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief
Executive Officer. “It is a welcome opportunity to reflect on the outstanding
musical legacy we have as a format – especially as we approach the 50th
Anniversary of the CMA Awards.”

The opening of the exhibit will feature a performance by students
from Rosie’s House, a music academy for children in Phoenix, which is one of the
CMA Foundation’s grant recipients. The CMA Foundation supports quality, sustainable
music education programs across the U.S. reaching more than one million students.

“This is a wonderful
opportunity for our music students from Rosie’s House to help open the exhibit
and pay tribute to some of the finest professional musicians in the format,”
Trahern said. “They are the next generation of music makers ushering in an exhibit
honoring our best musicians – this is a full-circle moment.”

Included in the initial CMA Awards display:

Roy Clark, who is a member
of the Country Music Hall of Fame, has 23 CMA Awards nominations and seven wins
including Entertainer of the Year (1973); Instrumental Group of the Year (1975,
1976); and Instrumentalist of the Year (1977, 1978, 1980). The exhibit includes
a Fender Jazzmaster (electric guitar/1962), which was featured on Clark’s debut
album The Lightning Fingers of Roy Clark.

World-renowned dobro player Jerry Douglas has 15 CMA
Awards nominations and three wins for Musician of the Year (2002, 2005, 2007).
Douglas loaned a particularly special Resophonic guitar built by Rudy Q. Jones
(1979), which he used during his most prolific era of studio recording sessions
from 1985 to 2000. The companion, well-traveled fiberglass case features a hand
painted crest by legendary dobro player Tut Taylor.

Mac McAnnally has received 10 nominations for Musician
of the Year and won a record eight consecutive times (2008-2015). McAnally contributed
an acoustic guitar (B.C. Rich Guitars/1978) and his 2013 CMA Musician of the Year
trophy to the exhibit. McAnally has collaborated with some of the biggest stars
in Country Music including Kenny Chesney, George Jones, Dolly Parton, Reba, and
countless others. McAnally will perform live in the MIM Musical Theater on Sunday, Oct. 23, the evening before this special event.  

You’ve got to have a
fiddle in the band and Mark O’Connor donated one that he used on hundreds of
albums in the 1990s when he was the most in-demand session musician in Nashville.
He has received 13 CMA Awards nominations and has won seven times including six
trips to the podium as Musician of the Year (1991-1996). The famous fiddle was
built by Earsel V. Atchley in 1963 and will be on display with a bow.

“I was very honored to
be approached about an instrument that I could contribute to the exhibit,” O’Connor
said. “We chose one that was my most prominent fiddle during my Nashville music
days. I played this particular fiddle on 450 albums; played it every week on the
‘American Music Show’ TV show for four years on national television; and on and on!”

“The new CMA Awards display
celebrates the outstanding musicianship and showmanship that have defined Nashville’s
Country Music scene for decades,” said Dr. Richard Walter,
MIM’s curator for U.S./Canada. “It is an honor to feature instruments that
have been played on literally thousands of recording sessions and live performances,
and the video monitors allow us to share additional performance highlights from
the CMA Awards broadcast over the years.”

“The 50th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted by
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast
live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday,
Nov. 2
(8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

About Hunter Hayes
Hailed as a “Country-rock-blues
guitar hero in the making” by the Los Angeles Times, five-time Grammy
nominee Hunter Hayes is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who roared
onto the music scene with his double-Platinum-selling, No. 1 self-titled debut
album and chart-topping sophomore album, Storyline, on Atlantic/Warner
Music Nashville. With three No. 1 singles already under his belt (including the
multi-Platinum smash “Wanted,” double-Platinum “I Want Crazy,” and “Somebody’s
Heartbreak”), Hayes delved into unprecedented territory with the innovative
rollout of new music via streaming and digital platforms in 2015, culminating
in the release of a special, three-disc collection dubbed The 21 Project.
While recording for his forthcoming third full-length studio album, Hayes surprised
fans by releasing three new songs via social media (“Yesterday’s Song,”
“Amen,” and “Young Blood”) and his new single, “Yesterday’s Song,”
will impact Country radio on Oct. 24. 

About MIM
The Musical Instrument
Museum (MIM) enriches our world by collecting, preserving, and making accessible
an astonishing variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every
country in the world. MIM offers guests a welcoming and fun experience, incomparable
interactive technology, dynamic programming, and exceptional musical performances.
MIM fosters appreciation of the world’s diverse cultures by showing how we innovate,
adapt, and learn from each other to create music—the language of the soul. More
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