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Johnson City Sessions Artwork, Marker Unveiled

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The Johnson City SessionsBristol, TN/VA -- On Friday, April 5, Downtown Johnson City, Tennessee was abuzz with sounds and sights of the past. Local residents, media and organizations gathered to celebrate the Birthplace of Country Music®’s musical sibling: the 1928 Johnson City Sessions. BCM President John Rainero spoke to the Sessions' impact--one still being felt as partnerships are formed today.

“Johnson City has long been an important stop for the musicians of our region and beyond. East Tennessee State University is growing artists who will carry on the music tradition of our region,” said Rainero. He added, “BCM sees a wealth of opportunity in working with ETSU on future projects.”

BCM and ETSU will work together during the Johnson City Sessions Weekend, to be held October 18-20. That Sunday, BCM will bring West Virginia Public Broadcasting's "Mountain Stage with Larry Groce" to ETSU's DP Culp Center. The line-up includes the singer-songwriter and instrumental duo of Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott and bluegrass phenom, Sarah Jarosz.

In addition to this announcement, Dr. Ted Olson, BCM Content Team Member and Professor of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University, unveiled the artwork for the Johnson City Sessions Box Set, whose release is slated for early October on Germany’s Bear Family Records. This effort follows the success of 2011’s Bristol Sessions Box Set, also released by Bear Family. Olson, who served as co-producer and co-writer on both sets, played an instrumental part in making them a reality.

“While many people around the world have heard of the Bristol Sessions, very few people – even locally – have heard of the Johnson City Sessions. Yet the recordings from Johnson City are wonderful in their own right,” said Olson.

The celebration concluded with the unveiling of the Johnson City Sessions' historic marker. The ETSU Old Time Pride Band, which features BCM Content Team Member Amythyst Kiah, provided a smooth soundtrack to the event.

For more information on the Johnson City Sessions, please visit the Session's Facebook page.

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