It’s the signature poster of country music and an iconic image for Nashville.
Hatch Show Prints have been used to promote the concerts of everyone from country legends to punk rock bands. A new exhibit at Volunteer State Community College, which runs through Feb. 10, will feature a selection of prints from the Hatch Show Print legacy.
Hatch Show Print is a working letterpress print shop, tourist attraction, museum and historical archive. It is home to 10,000 basswood and maple wood blocks, thousands of photo plates, and countless drawers of wood and metal type, which were used to create band posters for music industry greats for the past century, and continue to be used today. Aside from band posters, Hatch Show Print's repertoire includes designing and printing work for advertisers such as Nike, Taylor Guitars and Jack Daniels; covers for magazines and covers for CDs and books. Every machine is hand-operated, and every poster is handmade. Now located in a historic building at 316 Broadway in the heart of downtown Nashville, Hatch Show Print is a landmark to American history, Southern culture and entertainment.
The exhibit can be seen in the Thigpen Library Gallery on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. Jim Sherraden, the manager of Hatch Show Print, will speak about the exhibit on Monday, Feb. 9, at 11:10 a.m. For more information call (615) 230-3220.