The history of Southern rock music is set to be explored in a new exhibit opening at GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi in Cleveland, Miss., on Sept. 30, 2022.

Curated by Bob Santelli and the Mississippi Museum, The Sounds of Southern Rock will spotlight the bands and artists who were integral in the development of the genre, including the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Charlie Daniels Band, Little Feat, the Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, and more.

A partnership with Hard Rock International, the exhibit will be on display in the Museum’s Special Exhibits Gallery through the fall 2023. Additional sponsors include Visit Cleveland, Gertrude C. Ford Foundation, Quality Steel Corporation, and Visit Mississippi. The exhibit’s opening events will be announced soon.


“The Southern rock genre exploded in the 1970s as an extension of an already long and vibrant Southern music heritage that encompassed blues, country, gospel, R&B, and even big band jazz,” said exhibit curator Bob Santelli. “This exhibit will explore how Southern rock rose to become one of the most popular genres of the decade and will spotlight the bands who made it famous, including the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

While Southern rock’s heyday ended with the plane crash that took the lives of members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the genre lives on in the hearts and minds of music fans everywhere.”

“Of the many contributions that the South made to American music, the Southern rock genre is one of them,” said Emily Havens, Executive Director of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. “This exhibit will provide a unique and in-depth look at the genre and the bands who made it famous. We can’t wait to share these important stories of Southern rock bands with our museum visitors, and we thank Hard Rock International for their partnership to help bring this exhibit to life.”


Artifacts on display in the exhibit will include:

  • Duane Allman’s and Dickey Betts’ Gibson guitars
  • Ed King’s Fender Stratocaster with custom-made shell picks
  • Charlie Daniels’ acoustic/electric Barcus Berry fiddle
  • Original sheet music for “Green Grass and High Tides” by Hughie Thomasson
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer, Michael Cartellone’s Pearl drum set
  • Vintage concert posters, stage outfits and much more

Many of the artifacts on display in the exhibit have been provided by Hard Rock International, as well as the private estates of Charlie Daniels, the Allman Brothers and Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Additional sponsors include Mitchell Signs, Coopwood Communications, and the Maddox Foundation.

For more information, visit grammymuseumms.org.


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