Artist Thomas Hart Benton's mural "The Sources of Country Music" has returned home following a two-year, nine-city tour of American museums.
Benton's mural is back on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It was commissioned in 1974 by the Country Music Foundation, which operates the museum, and was completed the following year.The mural is a 6-foot-by-10-foot canvas featuring near life-size figures depicting the major musical and cultural traditions that helped shape the sound of modern country music.
Figures in the painting include a dulcimer player, fiddlers, hymn singers, square dancers, a banjo player, a singing cowboy, a train and a river boat.
The mural went on tour during the 100th anniversary of Benton's birth in 1889. Benton died in 1975.
"This great painting links a wonderful artist with an important subject: the folk roots of country music," said Jim Foglesong, chairman of the board of the Country Music Foundation.