COOKEVILLE – When it comes to musical legends, Cookeville has a storied history.
Those stories are coming together in a new exhibit – “Stories of Cookeville Music” – that opens Saturday, July 17 at the Cookeville History Museum.
“This exhibit highlights important people, groups and venues that have impacted Cookeville with contributions to its music scene,” Pam Philpot, museum exhibit specialist, said. “From early folk and religious music to popular radio and symphonic orchestra, many talented Cookevillians have been involved in multiple genres of music.”
Some of the featured artists include Jake Hoot, The Cluster Pluckers, Frazier Moss, Judah and the Lion, Tennessee Tech University’s Bryan Symphony Orchestra and Cookeville Community Band.
Beth Thompson, Cookeville museums manager, noted the inclusion of Hoot, who brought national attention to Cookeville in 2019 by winning NBC’s The Voice.
“Many of us have always enjoyed his performances in small, local venues and to see him take the stage in the country’s largest singing competition, and then go on to become the season 17 champion, gave us a hometown pride like no other,” she said. “Seeing the signs and marquees all over town with encouraging messages like ‘Team Hoot’ and ‘Hoot-Hoot-Hoot’ was definitely a time in Cookeville’s history that stands out to all music fans.”
Attendees will be able to view an assortment of music memorabilia, photos and keepsakes loaned to the Cookeville History Museum by area musicians, bands and artists.
“You may even spot an outfit that was worn by a local celebrity on television!” Philpot hinted.
“Stories of Cookeville Music” continues through Sept. 18. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at 40 E. Broad St. Admission is free. For more information, call 931-520-5455.
“I think it is important for the community to be aware of the many cultural possibilities to enhance the human spirit that our small town has to offer,” Philpot added. “Cookeville has been rich in music, art and theatre and is fortunate enough to have a small museum where one can learn about all of it.”