JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Local country music royalty shared their memories of life on the road and their tribute to country music icons at the Mississippi Two Museums.
On Monday, state and local authorities came together to welcome objects from Marty Stuart’s collection which will be on display for seven months.
“It’s an honor to bring it home to the birthplace of American music,” Stuart said.
The County Music Hall of Famer’s collection began in childhood and began to take shape four decades ago. The 63-year-old will lend more than 300 artifacts from his country music journey to the two museums in Mississippi.
“In the early ’80s, this whole collectible thing got out of control and into my heart,” Stuart said. “I bought a piece of a Patsy Cline train case in Nashville at a thrift store for $75. I was thinking, It’s wrong. It’s wrong. It must be preserved.”
A black suit he calls touring work clothes during the pandemic and country music show host Porter Wagoner’s suit were on display when the show was announced. His collection also includes pieces belonging to country music royalty Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard.
“Truly a wide range of artifacts from both his influence and his mentors, Lester Flatt and Johnny Cash, and many elements of his personal country music career,” said the assistant director of the archives department and of Mississippi history, Shane Keil.
The World of Marty Stuart exhibition runs from May 7 to December 31. The first Mississippi Makers Fest, a music, food and arts festival, will take place on opening day.
“Come down, see the museums. Admission will be paid,” said Heath Bennet of Southern Beverage. “We sponsor day admission, so they can see all the exhibits, hear all the music, and see all the artisans.”
“I’m so happy and couldn’t be more proud of my state,” the Mississippi native added.
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