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Georgia Museum of Agriculture Partners with Nashville for ‘Rhythm & Roots’

TIFTON –The Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Nashville Better Hometown, and the Berrien County Historical Foundation is now presenting “Rhythm & Roots: Southern Music Traditions” in Tifton and Nashville. 

“Rhythm & Roots” is a traveling exhibit dedicated to the musicians of the South.  It is accompanying the Georgia Humanities Councils’ and the Smithsonian Institute’s New Harmonies tour through Georgia.  The Georgia Museum of Agriculture has partnered with Nashville Better Hometown and the Berrien County Historical Foundation to bring a taste of the New Harmonies exhibit to Tifton and Nashville.  The exhibit runs through June 29. 

The “Rhythm & Roots” exhibit will be held at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture in Tifton, and the “American Roots” music will be held in Nashville at the Nashville Community Center.   The exhibit encompasses the wide variety of music and instrumentation that came together to create the unique Southern sound. 

 “Rhythm & Roots” features Southern musicians highlighting the themes that have shaped their musical traditions and the ways in which their communities have inspired them. Visitors can learn about several early innovators of Southern music including Thomas A. Dorsey, known as “Georgia Tom” and often referred to as the “Father of African-American Gospel”; Charley Patton, called “Father of Delta Blues” for his bluesman artistry and lifestyle; and Arnold Schultz, the acclaimed Kentuckian thumb-picker and guitar player.

Native American music also is highlighted by Cherokee musician Walker Calhoun and the music of the corn dance in the American Indian Voices section.  Rhythm & Roots also celebrates the increasingly multicultural flavor in our region including the transplanted musical sounds from flourishing Asian, Caribbean, and Latino communities.

Originally designed and developed by South Arts’ Exhibits Program, the New Harmonies tour is a partnership between South Arts, the Georgia Humanities Council, and the Smithsonian Institute.   South Arts is a non-profit regional arts organization focused on presenting and promoting Southern art and cultural programming.

Working in partnership with the nine state arts agencies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, South Arts builds on the South’s unique heritage and increases the public value of the arts in our communities by promoting and supporting the arts in the South. South Arts also enhances the artistic excellence and professionalism of Southern arts organizations and artists, while serving the diverse population in its states.