Dr. T.B. Boyd, III - Guitars in Rhythm
September 9, 2014 - March 1, 2015
Concourse A, Across from Gate 3
Dr. T.B. Boyd, III,
Guitars in Rhythm
grew up during a time when Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Roll, Soul and Gospel Music were heard on racially segregated radio stations and 45 or 78 rpm records around the country. This was a time when concerts, radio stations and artists were separated along racial lines, but the enjoyment of music was beginning to “cross-over” into the mainstream music market. As the nation was changing, music became the symbol of a new generation and a way of expressing discontent over prevailing racial, social and economic conditions. Dr. Boyd would later state, “Music is called the universal language because it not only transcends cultural and linguistic barriers; it also rises above barriers and serves to unite people.”
Nine electric guitars from Dr. Boyd’s private collection are on display. They represent more than 50 years of African American music. Famous music legends such as Gospel pioneer Dr. Bobby Jones, CeCe Winans, and Isaac Hayes are just a few of the many famous musicians who have signed Dr. Boyd’s guitars.
The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM)
is scheduled to open in downtown Nashville within a couple years. NMAAM is pleased to have Dr. Boyd’s guitars as its first exhibit. As a vibrant part of Music City, NMAAM will celebrate the contributions and preserve the legacy of the role African Americans play in creating and shaping the soundtrack of American culture. NMAAM is set to inspire audiences by educating the world about the wide range of music that African Americans have created or heavily influenced. www.nmaam.org
Arts at the Airport receives funding for the visual arts from the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) and the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC). The Flying Solo Exhibition Series is funded under an agreement with TAC. For more information about Arts at the Airport, please call (615) 275-1614 or send email to email@example.com.