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What top five artifacts are a must-see at Hall of Fame's new Alan Jackson exhibit?

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What top five artifacts are a must-see at Hall of Fame's new Alan Jackson exhibit?

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jul 24, 2014

The "Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country" exhibit will open on Aug. 29 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

Besides showcasing a plethora of awards and instruments, the exhibit will include numerous other artifacts from his career. Nashville Edge has selected our top five favorite things to see, as described in an event release.

  • The front of an old, red Ford pickup truck that served as Alan’s first Fan Fair booth, before his sister and brother-in-law had it made into a desk.  
  • Items from Alan’s collection of “Mayberry” memorabilia—a jacket, jersey and autographed picture of Don Knotts from one of his favorite television shows, "The Andy Griffith Show."
  • The water ski Alan rode, while wearing his trademark white cowboy hat, in the “Chattahoochee” music video.  
  • A collection of belt buckles from the Houston Rodeo—which Alan has played more than 20 times.  
  • Handwritten manuscripts of classics like “Drive,” “First Love” (about his ’55 T-bird), “Livin’ on Love” and “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” 

"Since signing his record deal in June 1989, he has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the 10 best-selling country artists of all-time," notes the event release. Alan will be the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's first artist to have a brand-new exhibit, while also serving as the museum's artist-in-residence at the same time.

“Fans will recognize artifacts from milestone moments in Alan’s career, as well as items from his life away from the stage that are as personal as many of the songs he has penned over the years," Museum Director Kyle Young says in statement.

"Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country" is scheduled to run through March 2015.

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.