Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum has been closed to the public for over a month. In an effort to continue reaching bluegrass fans all over the world, the Hall of Fame has produced a virtual tour led by Executive Director Chris Joslin. The Hall of Fame premiered the videos Friday morning via The Bluegrass Situation, the world’s largest community for American roots music, culture, and lifestyle.
Within the Hall of Fame, several core exhibits explore a chronological history of bluegrass music. From the early sources to contemporary interpretations, the exhibits tell the story of bluegrass music via documentary-style films, artifacts, images, and hands-on experiences with bluegrass instruments. Filmed by Tanner-West and edited by the Hall of Fame to include historical images and video, Joslin takes virtual visitors through each area commenting on the exhibits and concluding each area with a live performance of a song that was significant to that specific era.
Joslin comments, “Until you can travel to the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, we will bring it to you. The virtual tour is a great introduction, but I can’t wait for you to see the Hall of Fame in person and to experience the energy around the music first-hand. What Bill Monroe created is now enjoyed around the world, and Owensboro, Kentucky is at the headwaters of this uniquely American genre of music.”
The virtual tours can be accessed at the Hall of Fame website here.
As pandemic guidelines are lifted, the virtual tour videos will continue to provide potential visitors a preview of the Hall of Fame and hopefully attract bluegrass fans to learn more about the history of the genre.