Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

June 20, 2012

Traveling exhibit teaches roots music; photo display showcases local talent

By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Most people who visit the American Cave Museum in Horse Cave during the next few weeks can expect to learn about geology, karst topography, hydrology and the history of Hidden River Cave.

But what they may not expect is to get a lesson in roots music.

The museum, located in downtown Horse Cave, is playing host to “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit.

“Obviously, this is a cave museum, but we have a nice display space so we are working with the Horse Cave Cultural District to be able to put on music, arts and cultural events here,” said Dave Foster, executive director of the museum. “We feel like this is part of our contribution to the community to be able to do things like this. That’s why we are housing this here.”

The exhibit is about the birth of American music and the various styles that originated in this nation.

“So it’s music that didn’t evolve somewhere else. It evolved here in the United States,” he said.

Blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, rhythm and blues are some of the musical genres depicted in the exhibit, and several of the displays are interactive by featuring musical instruments that can be strummed or by pushing a button to hear a story about the musical genre, as well as a sample of the music.

“Young people enjoy it because of the interactive parts,” said Sandra Wilson, president of the Horse Cave Cultural District, which obtained a grant through the Kentucky Humanities Council to bring the exhibit to Horse Cave.

“There’s instruments. There's music. There’s a listening station where we can listen to 24 different kinds of music. It’s not just grown-ups and not just museum-type stuff,” she said.

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