Rhinestone Revival: The Kody Norris Show exhibit now open at Bluegrass Museum

June 11, 2024 | 12:09 am

Updated June 11, 2024 | 12:30 am

Pictured are members of the Kody Norris Show. From left are Josiah Tyree, Mary Rachel Nalley-Norris, Kody Norris, and Charlie Lowman. | Photo by AP Imagery, courtesy of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum

The Kody Norris Show has a new exhibit highlighting their music and career at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum. Hailing from Mountain City, Tennessee, Kody Norris heads up the band known for their musicianship, songwriting, and entertaining live performances.

Visitors are now able to immerse themselves in the tradition of The Kody Norris Show, which includes Kody Norris, his wife Mary Rachel Nalley-Norris, Josiah Tyree, and Charlie Lowman.

The new exhibit, Rhinestone Revival: The Kody Norris Show, features several of the band’s brightly colored suits with intricate rhinestones and embroidery, cowboy boots, hats, instruments, and awards. Among their accolades, the band has been named Entertainers of the Year for the past 3 years by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association (SPBGMA).

The exhibit is set to be on display for 2 years.

“Having an exhibit in the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is truly one of the biggest honors of my career,” Norris said. “Having a lifetime of work on display for the fans to see and enjoy is so touching. I am truly thankful for this opportunity and will be forever grateful to my band, my team, my family, and all the fans who made this possible.”

In addition to receiving the SPBGMA award for Entertainer of the Year in 2024, the group also took home awards for Instrumental Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Band (Overall) of the Year. Adding to the wins, Mary Rachel Nalley-Norris was named Fiddle Performer of the Year, and Josiah Tyree won Banjo Performer of the Year.

Hall of Fame Executive Director Chris Joslin said the Hall of Fame is dedicated to storytelling, and the exhibitions often focus on those who shaped the genre of bluegrass in profound ways. 

“This new exhibit is about looking forward and celebrating the bluegrass journey of The Kody Norris Show, and it’s a journey that is just getting started,” he said. “The exhibit will help us understand what brought them to this part of their career, but it’s even more about looking forward at a stellar career that is blossoming before our very eyes. I often say the future of bluegrass music is in very good hands. When I say that, I’m talking of artists like The Kody Norris Show.”

More information can be found at bluegrasshall.org.

June 11, 2024 | 12:09 am

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