Stronger Together: The Women of Country Music


Since the early days when it was known simply as “folk” or "hillbilly music," the sound of country music has been largely influenced by female artists. From the Carter Family to Kitty Wells, Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, and Dolly Parton, women have always been a part of country music. These legendary acts eventually made way for newcomers such as Alison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Rosanne Cash. With even newer artists coming onto the scene like Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Carrie Underwood, the Dixie Chicks, Taylor Swift, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile, and more, the story of women in country music is far from over. To celebrate the role these artists and the many others have played in shaping the genre and taking it to new heights, Stronger Together: The Power of Women in Country Music, sponsored by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi debuted at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi on Nov. 2.


The exhibit, curated by the Los Angeles GRAMMY Museum, features:

  • Taylor Swift’s banjo used in her music video for "Mean" and boots and dress from her “Tim McGraw” video
  • The outfit Dolly Parton wore during a performance of “Joshua” at the Grand Ole Opry in 1971
  • Emmy Lou Harris’ Manuel boots worn on the album cover for Blue Kentucky Girl
  • The pants and top worn by LeAnn Rimes in Coyote Ugly
  • Performance outfits from Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild that were worn during the Dolly Parton tribute at the 61st GRAMMY Awards®
  • Brandi Carlile’s custom Manuel Cuevas duster worn during the first all-female headlining set at the 2019 Newport Folk Festival
  • Lyric sheet for Carrie Underwood’s song “Cry Pretty”
  • The gown Maren Morris wore on the red carpet at the 61st GRAMMY Awards
  • Rosanne Cash’s Martin OM-28M acoustic guitar
  • The guitar on which UK singer/songwriter Yola taught herself to play
  • Plus, photos, handwritten lyrics, and more

Exhibit Available August 2020

Contact Hillary Morimoto, [email protected]