Country music has long celebrated Chevrolets with more mentions of the Bow-tie brand and its models turning up in more songs than one can count. And not only do Country music stars sing about Chevys, but they drive them too. Recognizing the close association between Country music stars and their Chevrolets, the National Corvette Museum has put together a special exhibit called “Country Music Stars and Cars” which features Chevrolet vehicles owned by various country music celebrities.
The Corvettes and Camaros to be featured in this exhibit include:
- Kix Brooks’ 1958 Corvette
- George Strait’s 1958 Corvette
- Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s 1960 Corvette
- Steve Wariner’s 1966 Corvette
- Roy Orbison’s 1967 Corvette
- Dolly Parton’s 1968 Camaro
- Troy Gentry’s 1970 Camaro SS
- George Jones’ 1978 Corvette
- Marty Robbins’ 1981 Corvette
- Brad Paisley’s 1999 Corvette
- Steve Borchetta of Big Machine Records’ 2011 “Rascal Flatts” Camaro
The special display will also feature some memorabilia and artwork including large woodblock country music concert prints by Hatch Show Prints of Nashville and Print Mafia of Bowling Green, various pieces of country music memorabilia and autographed items.
“Country Music Stars and Cars” is co-organized by Lon Helton, host of Country Countdown USA and Board Member of the National Corvette Museum.
“As a founding member and board member of the National Corvette Museum, this was a great project for me to volunteer my time in helping to organize,” said Lon Helton, CEO/Publisher of the Country radio and music industry trade publication Country Aircheck and host of the syndicated radio show heard on more than 300 stations nationwide, Country Countdown USA. “The country music singers, songwriters and producers were very receptive to the exhibit and I think we have a great representation of both cars and people in the industry.”
The NCM is also inviting local musicians for acoustical performances on the Chevy Stage in the Exhibit Hall. “One of our staffers is known for her country music vocal talents and would perform short ditties for school groups,” said Katie Frassinelli. “This gave us the idea to open it up to the music community to showcase their talents, much like the Nashville Airport does.”
Here is a video from WBKO.com about the new exhibit:
More details about the Country Music Stars and Cars exhibit can be found on the NCM’s website. The special display runs through January 18, 2013.
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