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Emmylou Harris to Headline Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014

Emmylou HarrisBristol, VA/TN -- A press conference was held Tuesday in the Performance Theater of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum (opening August 1) to announce the highly anticipated lineup for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014. It’s all happening at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, September 19-21, 2014, on State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, VA/TN. More than 55,000 fans, artists, volunteers, and vendors attended the festival in 2013. Discount Weekend Passes are on sale now for $50 through June 30.

“This is possibly the most exciting festival in the history of our organization,” stated BCM executive director, Leah Ross. “For the first time, visitors of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion will be able to explore the origins of Bristol’s important place in recorded music history here at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.”

Among the artists scheduled to appear at the 2014 event, 13-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris will join David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Moon Taxi, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Dale Watson & His Lonestars, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Kruger Brothers, Billy Joe Shaver, The Seldom Scene, Ray Wylie Hubbard, White Denim, Caveman, Willie Watson, The Black Lillies, 18 South, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Sturgill Simpson, Balsam Range, Town Mountain, Red Molly, Folk Soul Revival, Chuck Mead, Sol Driven Train, Bronze Radio Return, The Quiet Life, PHOX, Joshua James, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Black Prairie, M.S.G.-The Acoustic Blues Trio, Goodnight, Texas, Breaking Grass, The Whiskey Gentry, Truth & Salvage, Swear & Shake, The New Familiars, Fruition, The Cactus Blossoms, Flat Lonesome, Leo Welch w/Jimbo Mathus, Donna Ulisse & The Poor Mountain Boys, Bawn in the Mash, The Tumbleweed Wanderers, Parker Millsap, The Giving Tree Band, Furnace Mountain, Elliott Brood, The Dustbowl Revival, Dale Jett, Cruz Contreras, Bombadil, Paleface, If Birds Could Fly, Wayne Henderson & the Virginia Luthiers, Adam Faucett, The Adam Larkey Band and a whole lot more oustanding artists.

“Emmylou Harris is one of the most admired and influential women in music. We are honored to have an artist of this magnitude be part of our festival.”

Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. Harris has recorded with such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Daniel Lanois, Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, Neil Young, Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Ryan Adams, Beck, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, and most recently, Rodney Crowell with whom she shares a Grammy for “Best Americana Album".

Sign up is already under way for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion’s Wernick Method Jam Camp. Jam Camp takes place September 17-19, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. daily. Participants will perform a showcase during the festival. Musicians who play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, or Dobro are encouraged to sign up at BristolRhythm.com.

Children’s Day, provided by BVU Optinet, is a favorite activity for families each year. Children’s Day is a free event, held Saturday, September 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Cumberland Square Park. Children’s entertainment, inflatables, face painting, and fun crafts are always part of the festivities.

BRRR’s 5k Road Race/2 Mile Fun Walk is another popular mainstay of the festival. Run/walkers take their places at the starting line at 8:00 a.m. in front of the Bristol Train Station Saturday, September 20. More than 700 people participated in last year’s event. Sign up for the event will be posted early summer.

Those who purchase ticket passes online will receive RFID wristbands in the mail 60-90 days prior to the festival. Purchasers of paper tickets can exchange for wristbands at the Birthplace of Country Music office, located at 416 State Street, Suite A, May 1-June 30. Wristband holders can scan in at all entry gates. Festival goers with paper passes or those who need to purchase at the gate will be directed to one of 5 select ticket booths. There will be 12 other enter/exit points around the festival site for a total of 17 gates. To purchase tickets visit www.BristolRhythm.com.

Birthplace of Country Music® is a non-profit organization established to enhance Bristol’s role in the birth and development of country music through the Birthplace of Country Music® Museum (open August 2014), the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival (September 19-21, 2014), and educational outreach and programming. For more information about BCM, visit www.BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org. or e-mail info@birthplaceofcountrymusic.org.

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