Gretsch Musical Instruments and Georgia Music Hall of Fame Exhibit Lands at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Atlanta, GA – Summer ‘04

The Gretsch Company has contributed an extensive historical exhibit of musical instruments and company artifacts for display at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. The exhibit, organized with The Georgia Music Hall of Fame, is located in Concourse T of the Delta Terminal and stretches for over 300 feet. It is expected to be on display for several months.

Like the State Museum in Macon, the exhibit includes performance outfits, photos, instruments and various career memorabilia of Georgia’s most cherished artists. Some of the items on display from Gretsch include guitar models such as the White Falcon, Anniversary, Nashville and Artist Signature Series; Bo Diddley, Elliot Easton and Brian Setzer Hot Rod. Drum fans will find an authentic Tony Williams Signature Series drum kit on display. A historical documentary video that encompasses the 120 years of That Great Gretsch Sound will run continuously throughout the event.

Many of the artifacts are never-before-seen materials from the museum’s archives, as well as recent acquisitions from some of the featured artists. Some of the artists featured include Lena Horne, Otis Redding, Dr. Thomas Andrew Dorsey, Gladys Knight and the Pips, “Little Richard,” James Brown, Allman Brothers Band, the B-52’s, Indigo Girls, Alan Jackson, OutKast and the late Ray Charles. Charles’s black silk performance jacket and photo will be on display. Other items of interest include Brenda Lee’s dollhouse, Ronnie Milsap’s braille Playboy magazine, Jerry Reed’s vest worn in Smokey and the Bandit and Robert Shaw’s conductor’s baton. There will also be a case of Gretsch instruments containing 14 collectible guitars and Tony Williams’s drum set.

Over five million people are expected to travel through the airport in a year. Even though the exhibit is limited to travelers with tickets, the exhibit will receive international exposure, according to Liz Garcia, Executive Director of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. “With the international traffic Hartsfield-Jackson receives on a daily basis, the exhibit will not only receive significant exposure, but it will showcase the incredible Georgia music talent to people from all over the world,” she said. The exhibit is part of Hartsfield-Jackson’s Airport Arts Project and will be on display from the beginning of July until April 2005.

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