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Birthplace of Country Music a Partner in Bringing "America's Music" to Bristol

 Birthplace of Country MusicBristol, TN/VA -- The Bristol Public Library (BPL) is hosting a new six week program series entitled “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.” The series features documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music. The series allows audiences to focus on uniquely American musical genres including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo and hip hop. The first session—Blues and Gospel—will take place July 13 at 11:00 a.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Library. Sessions will continue on each Saturday through August 10, 2013.

Release Event for "Sing Me a Carter Family Song"

Sing Me a Carter Family SongThe official cd release celebration for Dennis Cash's latest project on Blue Circle Records, Sing Me A Carter Family Song, will be held Monday, July 1 at the Picking Porch in Bristol, TN. The Picking Porch is located at 620 State Street in Bristol. The celebration starts at 7:00PM.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Announces Lineup Additions for 2013

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 13th PosterBristol, TN/VA -- This year's Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is quickly approaching -- and to add to the excitement, BRRR has made a few additions to its line-up. Jim Lauderdale, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, and Willie Watson, former frontman for Old Crow Medicine Show, will bring their talents to Bristol September 20-22, 2013.

Two Big Fundraising Concerts for Song of the Mountains

Ralph StanleyMarion, VA -- Song of the Mountains will present two talent packed fundraising concerts at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA on Saturday, June 22nd. “We will be presenting a matinee at 2:00 pm and an evening concert at 7:00 pm”, states Tim White the show’s host and executive coordinator. “We are excited that Ralph and Nathan Stanley will be on the evening concert and also at our pre-concert meet and greet at 5:30 the same day”, says White.

Free Border Bash, Big Glades Bands and Dates Announced

This MountainBristol, VA/TN -- Friday, Believe in Bristol, alongside community partners Birthplace of Country Music® and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, revealed plans for a summer packed with free live music and family fun on State Street and beyond. Border Bash, the twice-monthly free concert series held annually May through August, celebrates its fourteenth anniversary as a roving mini-fest that has grown to include children’s activities and vendors in addition to live music.

2013 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Poster Announced

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 13th PosterKnoxville based, one-man-band graphic design firm Status Serigraph was chosen to produce Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion's 13th annual poster. Each individual poster is screen-printed by hand and is inked with a metallic sheen.

Win Lunch for Two with Doyle Lawson

Lunch with Doyle LawsonBristol, TN/VA -- Doyle Lawson is celebrating his band’s 34th Anniversary next week by partnering with a gorgeous restaurant in Bristol called "KP” to bring four Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver fans a celebration lunch with Doyle next Thursday, April 4, in historic downtown Bristol.

BCM Presents Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn at Blue Stocking Club

Bela Fleck & Abigail WashburnThe Blue Stocking Club, Bristol’s longest running service organization, will bring the world’s most celebrated banjoist to the Paramount Center for the Arts in Historic Downtown Bristol in order to fund educational programming at the Birthplace of Country Music® Museum. The museum is slated to open on the corner of Moore and Cumberland Streets in Historic Downtown Bristol, VA/TN August 2014.

Bluegrass Music Comes Duty Free to Carter Family Fold

Duty FreeDuty Free is a bluegrass band based in Bristol, Tennessee. Members of the band are Bobby Love, Charlie Powers, Rick Powers, Hal Boyd, and Tim Laughlin. Bobby plays mandiolin and demonstrates his versatility as a musician by singing both lead and harmony. He’s a songwriter as well who has written several tunes performed by the group. Charlie plays both lead and rhythm guitar and sings lead and harmony. Rick plays banjo in the traditional Scruggs style and also lends his vocal talent to the band. Saturday, February 16, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Duty Free Band. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Appalachian Cultural Music Association Pickin’ Porch Re-opens in Bristol

The Pickin' Porch ShowBristol, TN/VA -- The Appalachian Cultural Music Association’s Pickin’ Porch will re-open on a new night and at a new location starting this coming Monday evening January 14th at 7:00 pm. The ACMA Pickin’ Porch will present free concerts to the public at 620 State Street in downtown Bristol every Monday evening in the future as well.

New Birthplace of Country Music Museum Breaks Ground

Friends of 1927/BCM/ Bristol VA/TN -- The New Year signals new beginnings for many and that certainly goes for the Birthplace of Country Music®. "On December 21 we closed on construction costs to bring the museum up to exhibit status," reports Becky Littleton, Director of Finance at BCM. That means construction on the 24,000 square foot museum and 100-seat performance venue is in full swing with Bristol-based BurWil Construction Company driving the cranes.

Award Winning Bluegrass Artist Claire Lynch is Day 4 BRRR Band

Claire Lynch BandClaire Lynch is a two-time winner of the IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and Grammy nominee. In the world of Bluegrass, she has long been recognized as a creative force in acoustic music and at the forefront of women who have expanded the genre. Most recently, Lynch was awarded one of the 50 USA Fellowships from United States Artists (USA). With only seven awards going to musicians this year, the 2012 USA Fellows represent the most innovative and influential artists in their fields – including cutting-edge thinkers and traditional practitioners from the fields of architecture and design, crafts and traditional arts, dance, literature, media, music, theatre arts, and visual arts.

Doyle Lawson Leads Bristol Christmas Parade as Grand Marshal

Doyle Lawson Leads Bristol Christmas Parade as Grand MarshalBristol, TN/VA -- by Sherri George
Doyle Lawson was surrounded by twinkling lights, candy canes, shiny brass banisters and tinsel Christmas trees on the float leading the 31st Annual Bristol Christmas parade down State Street in historic downtown Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia on Thursday evening.

ACMA’s Mountain Music Museum and Pickin’ Porch to Relocate

ACMA LogoBristol, TN/VA- The Appalachian Cultural Music Association announced today at a press conference held at the Foundation Event Facility, 620 State Street that they will be relocating their Mountain Music Museum and Pickin’ Porch to State Street in Bristol, Tennessee after the first of the year.

Birthplacee of Country Music to Begin New Museum Construction Nov. 1

BCMA StaffBristol, TN/VA - Thursday morning at 11:00am the Birthplace of Country Music announced that fundraising for the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is now complete and construction will begin on the former Goodpasture Motors building, located on the corners of Moore and Cumberland Streets in Historic Downtown Bristol, VA, the first of November. The expected completion date for the project is August 2014, just in time for fans coming to the twin cities for the summer race at Bristol Motor Speedway and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.

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