On Wednesday, May 19, Luke Bryan unveiled his brand new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. He brought his family along to tour the exhibit that displays his life journey.
The humbled country singer and reigning ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year, says the exhibit is like, "a flash card of so many prayers that have come true." He hopes when fans visit, they will learn something about him that he didn't tell them about himself. The exhibit includes childhood possessions and things like:
His first piano:
His second-grade backpack:
Props from his Spring Break concert:
Clothes he's worn to events:
Just about all his awards he has won over the years are on display as well.
He says in an interview he had to put together a small search team to track down a lot of his childhood possessions. That team consisted of his parents and his wife. They even found the first song he ever wrote and performed for his church!
Luke explains the name "Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary" because it tells the story of him and his youth. Since he did not participate in putting the entire thing together, he doesn't really know what is in there! "It will be fun to see some of those old pictures...and there's no telling what I look like in them," he said.
Kyle Young, the Hall of Fame Director, explains why Luke Bryan is included in the museum. "One of the foundations of country music is singing and writing about what you know, and that’s what this boy from Leesburg, Georgia, does," Young said. "But in this day and age, even those raised in the most rural parts of America are exposed to and love all kinds of music. Luke grew up loving Garth, Strait, and fellow Georgia homeboy Alan Jackson, but he also enjoyed rock, pop and hip-hop. What makes him a generational force is his ability to combine and transform this rich musical landscape and still have it come out as country music. That, by the way, is what pioneering country artists have done for decades."
The exhibit opens to the public on Friday, May 22 and will run through November.
Watch his interviews about Dirt Road Diary below.
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