The first additional exhibit since the doors opened at the Johnny Cash Museum, just over a year ago, kicked off Friday morning.
The Legends of Sun Records exhibit features artifacts that spotlight Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and drummer W.S. Holland.
“We just felt it was important to show people how these guys started out on this record label, which was a speck on the blip of the entertainment industry,” Bill Miller, founder of the museum, expressed to Nashville’s News 2.
The artifacts chronicle the beginning all the way to how the artists became household names.
The exhibit also allows visitors to step into the lives of the legends with sight, sound and interactive features
“When you step into this museum it’s much more than artifacts. It’s going to be a learning experience and a sensory experience as well.”
Miller said most of the 50 to 75 artifacts on display were borrowed from the families and some have never been shared with the public before.
“Including the first test pressing of ‘That’s Alright Mama’ and ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky,’ which was Elvis’s first record release ever which is insured by the owner for $350,000,” he said.
Miller added that Sun Records was the launch pad for several artists whose music would forever impact the world. He also said it may be the first addition for the Cash museum, but assures it’s just the first of many.
The Johnny Cash Museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Sun Records exhibit will be on display for the next 18 months.
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