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Nashville: If you're crazy for Patsy Cline, this one's for you

August 15, 2012|By Kelly Merritt
  • Patsy Cline, the country-music star whose works crossed over to the pop world, will be honored with a new exhibit in Nashville.
Patsy Cline, the country-music star whose works crossed over to the pop… (Elwood Baker/ Mario Munoz )

An exhibit of artifacts from Patsy Cline, one of country music’s most enduring singers, is set to open Aug. 24 for a 10-month run at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville.

Cline, who died in 1963 at the age of 30 in the crash of a private plane, is known to pop and country audiences thanks to her crossover hits, including "I Fall to Pieces," "Crazy" and "Walkin' After Midnight."

Opening weekend festivities are to include appearances by her husband, Charlie Dick; her daughter, Julie Fudge; and Country Music Hall of Fame member Harold Bradley. Ticket holders can also attend a concert featuring Bradley, Jessi Alexander, Mandy Barnett, Striking Matches and Emily West. On Aug. 26, ticket holders can screen the documentary "Patsy Cline: Sweet Dreams Still."  All are included with museum admission and are free for museum members. 

Among the artifacts in the exhibit, which continues through June 10, are letters handwritten by Cline, her collection of salt and pepper shakers, a red cowgirl-style skirt and blouse (her music may have crossed over to pop, but her dress on stage was largely country-western), her pink marble cigarette jar and lighter, and Bradley's 1961 datebook, spotlighting notable recording sessions with her.

Info: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; (615) 416-2001. Admission: adults $20; seniors (60 and older), college students, members of the military and AAA members $18,  youths 6-17 $12; children younger than 5 admitted free.

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