Exhibit shows women’s impact on country music | Arts & Entertainment – The Daily Record

Taylor Swift, Deering banjo used in ‘Mean’ music video, 2010 (Courtesy of theGRAMMY Museum/Rebecca Sapp).
Wanda Jackson’s signature Daisy Rock guitar. (Courtesy of the GRAMMY Museum/Rebecca Sapp)

RALEIGH — The Power of Women in Country Music explores the impact that women have made on the genre despite their systematic exclusion from mainstream radio airwaves. The exhibition, on loan from the GRAMMY Museum, is open at the North Carolina Museum of History and moves visitors through the country music genre from past to present.
Taylor Swift, Deering banjo used in ‘Mean’ music video, 2010 (Courtesy of theGRAMMY Museum/Rebecca Sapp).
Kelsey Goelz, a lead curator at the GRAMMY Museum, describes how the exhibit seeks to examine the discrepancy between airtime and impact. Recent research found that women artists are played almost 10 times less often than male artists and, as a result, are less likely to appear in top spots in the year-end reports.
“We were looking at GRAMMY nominations and streaming records and chart-topping hits,” said Goelz, “and we realized that these don’t match up.”
Within the country music genre, women are trailblazers who often use their platforms to share their stories and experiences as women. From Loretta Lynn’s “The Pill” to Mickey Guyton’s “Love My Hair,” the exhibit highlights how women have utilized music to bring honest and moving stories to audiences worldwide.
Wanda Jackson’s signature Daisy Rock guitar. (Courtesy of the GRAMMY Museum/Rebecca Sapp)
The exhibition, on display through Feb. 26, 2023, also features women of North Carolina that have shaped country music. Throughout the years, these North Carolina women have moved the genre forward by sharing their unique perspectives via their music. Visitors can view artifacts from Rissi Palmer, Rhiannon Giddens, Emmylou Harris, and more.
Whether you’re hosting family for the holidays, looking for a date night, or wanting to discover more about the genre, “The Power of Women in Country Music” makes the perfect activity for all interests and ages. To learn more, plan your visit, and buy tickets, access ncmuseumofhistory.org.
About the museum
The North Carolina Museum of History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, fosters a passion for North Carolina history. This museum collects and preserves artifacts of state history and educates the public on the history of the state and the nation through exhibits and educational programs. Admission is free.
The N.C. Museum of History is located at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.
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