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New Johnny Cash Exhibit Opens at Museum in Arizona

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The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Ariz., has unveiled exhibits honoring Johnny Cash and the Carter Family.

The items on display are on loan from John Carter Cash, son of Johnny and June Carter Cash, and Dale Jett, grandson of A.P. Carter. They include several items that have never been available for public viewing before, including Cash’s black Manuel Cuevas stage suit,  adorned with embroidered acorns and oak leaves, which he wore in many of his concerts.

“When I first visited MIM, I was excited by its inimitable beauty and scale. It has been a wondrous blessing to work with the staff there and help bring about the Carter Family / Johnny Cash display,” John Carter Cash says. “I feel it is inspired and shows a unique view into the history of country music that cannot be seen anywhere else.”

The exhibit also features several items from the Carters — a trio that included June Cash’s mother, Maybelle Carter, along with A.P. and Sara Carter — including A.P. Carter’s 1929 Martin 00-28 guitar. Other items on display include Cash’s black Martin D-42JC signature guitar, his 2002 Grammy award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for ‘Give My Love to Rose’ and June Carter Cash’s custom Orthey autoharp and fingerpicks.

“It would be difficult to overstate the significance of these artists in American music,” Dr. Cullen Strawn, MIM curator for North America, says. “It’s an honor to share their objects, songs and stories with our guests.”

Other items on exhibit in MIM’s Artist Gallery include instruments played by Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Toby Keith, Taylor Swift and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. In MIM’s United States/Canada Gallery, the country exhibit displays items belonging to Marty Robbins, Buck Owens, Kix Brooks and many more.

For more information on the exhibits, or for admission information, click here.

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