New NC exhibit spotlights women in country music

By | November 19, 2022

RALEIGH, NC (WGHP) — While you consider the massive names in nation music — Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves — it is exhausting to think about how tough it was for ladies to achieve the gender.

And it isn’t as tough because it was once after trailblazers like Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette and Reba McEntire blazed the path. In accordance with Kelsey Goelz, affiliate curator of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, ladies at present are taking nation music to a brand new degree with what they write.

“They’re the progressive powerhouse of the nation music style…a variety of their male counterparts aren’t as fearless with their lyric writing,” Goelz stated.

Goelz got here to Raleigh to assist arrange an exhibit on mortgage from the Grammy Museum referred to as The Energy of Girls in Nation Music. The LA model options two main North Carolina nation music stars: Emmylou Harris and Rhiannon Giddens. Each are graduates of UNC-Greensboro.

They’ve added 4 extra North Carolina-based artists to the present whereas it is right here. The Greensboro connection is what Goelz says will delight many North Carolina residents.

“Emmylou Harris…stayed true to her roots…though individuals tried to push her into pop and rock,” Goelz stated. “Rhiannon Giddens… what she does with black tales and African-American conventional music, and she or he brings that into the twenty first century.”

R. Reid Wilson, secretary of the North Carolina Division of Pure and Cultural Assets, views the exhibit as a therapeutic getaway as we emerge from the pandemic.

“It was actually robust the primary yr or so of the pandemic when there have been no reside music concert events,” Wilson stated. “Folks will come right here and meet feminine nation music stars they’ve identified and beloved for years…however they will additionally uncover individuals they might by no means have heard of. When you’re a rustic music fan, you may’t miss this…if you happen to’re not fairly positive, it’s a must to come anyway.

Goelz says you do not even must be a rustic music fan to get pleasure from it.

“I believe you’ll stroll away with a brand new favourite artist. That was positively my expertise,” Goelz stated. .

Uncover a part of the exhibition on this version of the Buckley Report in addition to an inventory of the musicians who will play reside on the museum.