Tupelo to host Marty Stuart’s memorabilia collection

TUPELO – Tupelo will be the first Mississippi host city for country music star Marty Stuart’s collection of music memorabilia.
Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Linda Butler Johnson confirmed Friday that a contract has been signed for the exhibit “Sparkle & Twang: Marty Stuart’s American Musical Odyssey.”
It will be at the Tupelo Automobile Museum from Jan. 8 to June.
Stuart, a native of Philadelphia, was a guitar player in the Johnny Cash Band and is a songwriter, arranger and producer. His popular songs include “Hillbilly Rock,” “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin” and a cover of Cash’s “Cry, Cry, Cry.”
The CVB has budgeted $55,000 for the exhibit.
Meridian also was vying for the exhibit and will host it after its run in Tupelo.
Johnson said an official announcement with more details will be made later this month.
The exhibit previously was on display at the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles.
According to the Autry’s Web site, the exhibit includes performance costumes, handwritten lyrics, personal letters, musical instruments and unpublished photographs of Cash, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Porter Wagoner and Bob Dylan.
The collection also holds Jerry Lee Lewis’ black boots, Cash’s white tuxedo, a Bob Dylan outfit and a dress worn by Cline.
Stephanie Moody-Coomer, the CVB’s marketing director, said the list of items to be on display in Tupelo hasn’t been finalized yet. She said the items are tailored to the interests of the host city.
She did say the Tupelo exhibit will include a black and white sweater worn by Elvis Presley.
No additional fee will be added to museum admission for the exhibit, Moody-Coomer said.

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