About the Exhibit
“Yours for the Carters,”: The Vintage Sound Collections of Freeman Kitchens
OPENING EVENT: Saturday, Aug. 27, 3 to 6 pm.
Refreshments and live old-time music by members of Nashville’s Hogslop String Band! Field trip to Mr. Kitchens’ Drake Vintage Music & Curios to immediately follow.
Since the mid-1940s, Freeman Kitchens has collected and sold early country music recordings out of his general store/post office in Drake, Ky., a small, rural community about one hour north of Nashville, Tenn.
As founding member and president emeritus of the official fan club of the Carter Family, Kitchens and his club members have published and circulated some of the earliest forms of music journalism and grassroots documentation surrounding America’s beloved country music family, as well as other important country and folk artists of the 20th century.
With rare and original artifacts and multimedia items from Mr. Kitchens’ shop, and from the collections of the Kentucky Library & Museum, this exhibit explores the wide reach of this local man, his small country store, and its legacy in contemporary music history.
Curated by Jennifer Joy Jameson, Folk Studies M.A. Program, WKU
Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology, WKU
Kentucky Library & Museum
Contact Jennifer Joy Jameson for more information: missjameson[at]gmail[dot]com
Please RSVP on Facebook for the opening event!