The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hosted an intimate reception of family, music industry friends, and media VIPs last night to celebrate the opening of its latest cameo exhibition, Eric Church: Inside the Outsider.
During the reception, Church said, “I revere country music. I grew up a fan in North Carolina. I remember a distinct memory when I was 23, walking by the Country Music Hall of Fame just having a moment you know, as a songwriter that had been told ‘no’ a bunch. If I had the chance, had a time machine to go back and tell that guy what would happen over the next 10-15 years (laughs)…neither one of us would believe it. I just walked through an exhibit that had my name all over it, and here’s what I learned. It doesn’t matter how great your songs are, how great a singer and player you are…I know this now, that it’s about the people that are in this room. It’s about everybody from songwriters, it’s about management, it’s about the band and crew that give it to ‘em every night. It’s about my family, it’s about the people at our house. It’s not about me, because it’s not possible for one person to make that happen.”
The exhibit features stage clothing, song manuscripts, photos, awards, a hand-written note from George Strait, and more memorabilia that were personally selected by this year’s top CMA Awards nominee for the display. Eric Church: Inside the Outsider will run through February 2016 and is part of the normal admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.