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BCM to participate in Lincoln Center’s “Reflections on the Bristol Sessions”

Birthplace of Country MusicBristol, TN/VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music®, home to Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion and the upcoming Birthplace of Country Music®Museum, collaborate with New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center during its “Bill Frisell: Reflections on the Bristol Sessions” shows this weekend, Jan. 17 and 18, 2014. As part of the New York Guitar Festival, musicians Buddy Miller and Carrie Rodriguez will join Frisell in the Lincoln Center’s Allen Room to celebrate the 1927 Bristol Sessions. BCM will present a custom media exhibit for the two-day event. For Dr. Jessica Turner, director and head curator of the museum, sharing Bristol’s music history is an honor.

“Our collaboration on this media exhibit with the Lincoln Center gives BCM an opportunity to share our story with a larger audience of music enthusiasts outside of our region,” Turner said. “It also allows us to showcase one of our region’s gems: East Tennessee State University’s Old Time Pride Band. The band members are skilled performers of old-time string music and perform many of the songs recorded in the historic Bristol Sessions.”

The band will perform in the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Ertegun Atrium before Frisell, Miller and Rodriguez’s performances.

Produced by Ralph Peer of the Victor Talking Machine Company, the Bristol Sessions took place from late July to early August of 1927 and carved out careers for The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, The Stoneman Family and others. Peer, a keen businessman, laid the groundwork for the country music industry today. With this same spirit, Bristol continues to make its mark on music.

In August of 2014, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, will open its doors to the public. The 24,000 sq. ft. space will tell Bristol’s story as the home of the Bristol Sessions through 10 permanent exhibits, a special exhibits gallery, educational programming and a performance space. The Bristol Sessions were instrumental in the early country music recording industry and have been influential to musicians of many genres over the years.

You can be part of the audience Jan. 17 and 18 for "Bill Frisell: Reflections on the Bristol Sessions" without leaving home. Watch it live, online, at http://new.livestream.com/jazz and experience the Bristol Sessions as its never been performed before!

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