Music in Missouri Exhibit Sounds Out State’s Legacy

The Benny Sharp Band at the Gaslight Square District in St. Louis, 1962. [Thelma Blumberg Collection, S0402-4543]

Columbia Daily Tribune–Walk the span of one long hallway at the Center for Missouri Studies and the Missouri sound will make your ears bleed — in the best possible way.

Astute historians and self-aware artists will tell you there is no single Missouri sound. The state’s position between coasts and beyond riverbanks means many strains meet here, creating something faithful and strange.

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