The Judds Celebrate a Quarter Century of Memories
The Judds will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their career in music this week by opening a temporary museum in Franklin, Tenn., in conjunction with this week's CMA Music Fest in nearby Nashville. The museum's displays will include never-before-seen photographs, costumes, tour memorabilia, a unique fan photograph tribute and more.
"My fans are part of my family of choice," Wynonna tells The Boot. "They believe in me and support me throughout all the changes in my life. I've been inspired so much by their personal stories, and it continues to encourage me to continue to sing and dream."
Wynonna's stage costumes are some of her favorite displays in the museum. "I love the tie-dye leather designs by Robert Warner. He made clothes for Sly & the Family Stone in the 60's," she says. "It is one of my favorite pieces I have ever worn."
As they went through their 25 years of history, Wynonna and Naomi did a lot of reflecting on their lives and careers. "I was overwhelmed by how much life I have lived since starting out on the road in 1984 with Mom," Wynonna reveals to The Boot. "I have lived several lifetimes and am in awe of all that I have been able to experience. I am a 'Road Scholar' indeed!"
The Judds sold more than 20 million records worldwide in the six years they were together as a duo. They won more than 60 industry awards, including five Grammys, nine Country Music Association Awards and eight Billboard Music Awards.
Wynonna went on to release seven solo albums, selling gold, platinum and mult-platinum discs. She also published her biography, 'Coming Home to Myself.' Naomi, who defeated the Hepatitis C that caused her to leave the road, was most recently a judge on CMT's 'Can You Duet.'
"The museum is a temporary way for Mom and I to celebrate our 25-year journey with the fans during CMA Music Festival week," Wynonna explains. "We hope to one day to have a permanent museum in Franklin. But more than anything, the fans will see me as I honor and pay tribute to my Mama. I'll be blowing lots of kisses and making a lot of faces."
The museum is open through Sunday, with a special appearance by the famed mother-daughter team on Saturday. Click here for museum hours, location, and information on admission.