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New Exhibit Opens at Johnny Cash Museum

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One of the most iconic instruments in country music history will be on display at the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville.

On Aug. 15, the museum is set to unveil a ‘Legends of Sun Records’ exhibit, which will highlight the Memphis studio that helped launch the careers of Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison.

“Johnny Cash began his musical career at Sun Records,” says museum founder Bill Miller. “Sun was the launch pad for several young men whose music would forever impact the world. Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Johnny came from similar backgrounds and humble beginnings. Once they walked through the door at the Memphis Recording Service, their lives would never be the same.”

The exhibit with feature many artifacts from the period, including the drum set used by W.S. “Fluke” Holland, Cash’s drummer for 40 years. The four-piece set could be considered the most important in country music history. Holland’s drums can be heard on a number of famous Sun Records recordings, including ‘I Walk the Line,’ ‘Folsom Prison Blues,’ ‘Ring of Fire’ and Presley’s ‘Blue Suede Shoes.’

The set was also the first full drum set to appear on the hallowed stage of the Grand Ole Opry and was part of Cash’s ‘Live at Folsom Prison and ‘Live at San Quentin’ albums, as well as Bob Dylan’s ‘Nashville Skyline’ record.

“At Sun Records, it wasn’t something that we thought would make history. It just happened,” Holland says. “We never thought anyone would even know about it after a couple years. Those days seem like a dream, but they also seemed like they just happened a few weeks ago. Nothing was ever planned for me. I think that’s why they call me ‘Fluke.’”

More information about the Johnny Cash Museum, including hours and admission information, can be found at JohnnyCashMuseum.com.

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