I joined the Birthplace of Country Music in 2012 as a member of the content team working on the exhibit script and design for the museum’s permanent exhibits. I then came on as a permanent member of staff in 2014, just before the Birthplace of Country Music Museum opened in August 2014. As Head Curator, I focus on our permanent and special exhibits, am responsible for coordinating and creating content and interpretation for the BCM blog and for the museum’s social media presence on Facebook, and oversee the museum’s public and educational programming.
I am lucky to work with such a great organization, which gives me the chance to be creative and the opportunity to learn every day. I really enjoy sharing our story with visitors, both on-site and online, and look forward to the chance to dig even deeper into the region’s musical heritage through this blog.
When I’m not at work, I enjoy long walks with my dog Pip, especially in all the beautiful places found in and around the Appalachian Mountains.
Today is #MuseumSelfie Day, a chance for museums across the globe to show the fun side of museums – and to ask you to join in the fun with us! Our BCM staff are pretty passionate about the Birthplace of Country […]
In January 1949, after several years performing on the radio, Bristol native Tennessee Ernie Ford was signed to a recording contract with Capitol Records. Over the course of only a few years, Ford placed a dozen Top 20 hits on […]
Marking the resting place of the deceased is a long and storied practice – and the ways that these burial sites are marked range from the simple to the highly elaborate. This is immediately evident when walking through a cemetery […]
The enormous influence of women in country music is evident in every era, most certainly in the early days of country music. Sometimes women’s contributions are overshadowed in the historical record, and the story of the Stoneman family is no different. Without […]
Tomorrow the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will be filled to the brim with people – brand new visitors, regulars and old friends, people who passed by on the street and saw that there was something EXCITING going on inside, […]
By Dave Stallard, August 23, 2017 The idea for what would eventually become the RTE 23 Music Festival dates back to a drive home from work in the fall of 2008. As I was headed up the mountain to my […]
Back in the early 1920s, there was a quest for “hillbilly music.” A&R men – A&R stood for artists & repertoire – were heading out of their studios in New York and other big cities to find recording talent that […]
Whew! It’s been a long few weeks – even months – here at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. We’ve planned and designed materials. We’ve hammered and painted. We’ve found parking spots for tractor trailers and forklifted huge crates into […]