New Lincoln Museum Podcast Explores Illinois Music Legends

A new podcast from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum features conversations about legendary Illinois musicians and bands, sometimes with the artists themselves.

The State of Sound podcast accompanies an exhibit launched earlier this year at the Springfield Museum, titled The State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois. It features the achievements and contributions of Illinois artists, from Muddy Waters to Earth Wind and Fire and Chance the Rapper.

The podcast is another way for people to explore Illinois musical history, museum officials said. Available episodes now include chats with REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin, Rise Against Tim McIlrath, and Rosanna Goodman, daughter of singer-songwriter Steve Goodman.

A new official gallery guide includes dozens of photos of artifacts like a red trumpet that once belonged to Miles Davis and memorabilia John Prine carried on stage to help ease his performance anxiety.

“This exhibit is full of sounds, sights and stories that we wanted to share with as many people as possible,” said Christina Shutt, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. “The podcast will give people around the world the chance to hear these stories, while the guide provides details that visitors cannot absorb in a single trip through the exhibit.”

The State of Sound exhibition runs until January 23, 2022.

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