Country music's biggest night ... is just days away.
You can watch the c-m-a awards ... only on local 24 this wednesday night ... november 4th.
Joy: our very own tish clark ... will be reporting live from nashville all day.
But now --- tish talks about how musical icon sam phillips ... has influenced the sounds of country music.
Tish clark reporting: jud phillips/sam phillips' nephew: "one of sam's philosophies in the studio was allowing people to be themselves."
Tish: we begin this story in memphis.
Around the corner from sun studios is sam phillips recording service.
An old run down recording studio is a reminder of the great things have happened and continue to happen here.
A place where melodies are made and records are recorded... jud phillips/sam phillips' nephew: "country music, per say, was structured by the record company and the producers.
Sam allowed some talented people to express themselves."
Tish: the country music hall of fame and museum in nashville displays biographical exhibitions on hall of fame members.
The sam phillips exhibit opened in august.
Michael gray/co-curator sam phillips exhibit: "we wanted to show sam's whole life...not just michael gray/co-curator sam phillips exhibit: "we wanted to show sam's whole life...not just the sun records period."
Jud phillips/sam phillips' nephew: "it's about country music... but it's also very much about sam as a person."
Tish: from his childhood in alabama to his music career in tennessee... this is truly a tell-all display.
Jud phillips/sam phillips' nephew: "we found so many things we didn't even know we had."
Tish: the exhibit portrays periods of phillips life that many people didn't even know about.
Like when phillips started w-h-e-r radio in 1955.
An all women's radio station where his wife was a dj.
This is just a sample of what visitors will see and hear nats of sam about how sam phillips moved music from memphis to nashville...and beyond... jud phillips/sam phillips' nephew: "some of it was actually junk...but there were some gems."
Tish: in nashville tish clark local 24 news.
Joy: the sam phillips exhibit runs through june 2016.
Again ... the 49th annual ... county music awards ... are this wednesday ... and will air right here on local 24.
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