CMHoF Displays Gary Allan Items

Pictured (front L-R): Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ali Tonn, Carolyn Tate. (back L-R): John Lytle, Lytle Management Group; Gary Allan; and Kyle Young, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Pictured (front L-R): Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ali Tonn, Carolyn Tate. (Back L-R): John Lytle, Lytle Management Group; Gary Allan; and Kyle Young, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is currently displaying platinum-selling recording artist Gary Allan‘s 1948 Gibson J200 acoustic guitar, three of his leather-bound songbooks, and his favorite John Lennon edition Mont Blanc writing pen. Allan’s items can be seen on display in the Taylor Swift Education Center.

“Some kids may think they need a computer or instruments to get started,” Allan said to the Associated Press. “I want kids out there to know that all you really need to write a song is a pen, a piece of paper and a little creativity. Songwriting is a great outlet. It can be a wonderful form of creative expression, it can be therapeutic and it’s fun!”

Allan’s songbooks on display contains his No. 1 “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain),” handwritten pieces including framed handwritten lyrics to Allan’s favorite song he has written, “Puttin’ Memories Away.”

“Music education sits at the core of our mission at the Museum,” said Ali Tonn, the Museum’s Director of Education and Public Programming. “We host hundreds of education programs in our Taylor Swift Education Center each year, and songwriting is at the heart of our flagship program Words & Music. We’re thrilled to be able to feature artifacts Gary Allan used to craft so many of his hits and hope that this installation will inspire and encourage young, budding songwriters.”

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