Jason Aldean receives exhibit at Country Music Hall of Fame

The Jason Aldean exhibit in Nashville opens in late May. Photo: Jim Wright

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene

For a few weeks, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville will enjoy some Georgia overlap.

An exhibit on Atlanta’s Zac Brown Band, which opened last summer, remains through June 18.

And arriving May 26 is an exploration of the life and career of Macon native Jason Aldean, called “Jason Aldean: Asphalt Cowboy.”

The exhibit, presented by Field & Stream, for which Aldean is a spokesperson, will be in place until Nov. 5.

Among the items on display will be a wooden rocking horse from childhood; Aldean’s first guitar, given to him by his father; a high school graduation photo (from Windsor Academy in Macon); a poster for his tour appearance with Trisha Yearwood in the late-‘90s; and his contract cover letter for singing with Broken Bow Records in 2004.

The exhibit will also recall his move from Georgia to Nashville, his struggle to get his music heard and his success with the Nashville indie label in the mid-‘00s.

“I could not be more honored to have an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum,” Aldean said in a statement. “To look around the space and see my personal heroes and artists who helped shape country music is a surreal feeling. To be a part of a legacy like this really is a dream come true.”

It’s been a good week for the singer behind such country radio staples as “Dirt Road Anthem,”  “Burnin’ It Down” and “Any Ol’ Barstool” – he and wife Brittany Kerr just announced they’re expecting their first child. Aldean, 40, has two children with first wife Jessica Usser.

Aldean will also perform on the “Today Show” summer concert series on Aug. 25.

For more information about Aldean’s Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit, visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org.

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