Bill and Shannon Miller, founders of the Johnny Cash Museum, have announced plans to open a similar venue honoring Patsy Cline. Construction on the new museum is scheduled to begin in June.
“Of all the artists in the history of country music, few are as recognized and as recognizable as Patsy Cline,” Bill Miller said. “Despite the fact that she passed decades ago, her impact and presence are every bit as big today as ever. She has transcended generations and genres and is indisputably the greatest and most influential female country music artist of all time. She’s a true icon deserving of her own museum. Her fans from around the globe will have a place to come and celebrate her life and legacy. It’s a pleasure and an honor to be working with Patsy’s children on this world-class museum project.”
Cline’s daughter, Julie Fudge, assisted in the announcement saying, “I am very happy to speak on behalf of my brothers, Randy and Chip and in honor of the legacy of my mother Patsy Cline. Since the passing of our father last fall, this is our first step together in continuing to share Mom’s music, life and story, as we feel Dad would have. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with and experience what Bill will present to old and new fans alike.”
The Patsy Cline Museum will be located directly above the Johnny Cash Museum in downtown Nashville (119 Third Ave.). The Cline family plans to contribute personal mementos to the museum.
Pictured above are (l-r) museum founders Shannon Miller and Bill Miller, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, and Julie Fudge.