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Ballet Meets the Bristol Sessions and Beyond

Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in MotionBristol, VA/TN -- Bristol Ballet, in cooperation with the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM), presents Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in Motion at the Paramount Center for the Arts on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. and April 12 at 2:30 p.m. Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in Motion challenges the imagination through the lyrical poetry of our region’s music and the ethereal beauty of classical dance. The imaginative combination of ballet with the music of the Bristol Sessions, and beyond, honors Bristol’s music legacy with innovation and originality by marrying two forms of creative expression in an unexpected way.

Songs and Stories from A.P. Carter's Martin Guitar at BCMM

 Dale Jett & Wayne HendersonBristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum (BCMM) will host Songs and Stories from A. P. Carter’s Martin Guitar with Dale Jett and Wayne Henderson inside the Performance Theater on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

RTE 23 Music Festival Debuts in Wise, VA Aug 30th

RTE 23Wise, VA -- A crooked road runs through Route 23 from southwest Virginia and over the state line into Kentucky, a region steeped in the music tradition of the Appalachias. On Saturday, August 30, Birthplace of Country Music brings an added roadside attraction for music lovers - the RTE 23 Music Festival - and the admission is free. This one-day music event will replace the Concert Series at Big Glades organized by Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and coinciding with Bristol's Border Bash concert series, which runs from May through August on the first and third Fridays.

Educators' Day Events at Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, TN/VA -- In preparation for the Grand Opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum (BCMM), BCMM's Education Committee wants to ensure educators in both Virginia and Tennessee view the museum as an important educational resource. BCMM is committed to providing interdisciplinary material and experiences that will help teachers and students achieve their educational goals. In order to do so, BCMM is planning an Educators’ Day on July 22, 2014 and two days of in-services for regional teachers on July 23 and July 24, 2014. These events will offer educators from our region a “sneak peek” at the new museum before Grand Opening Events Weekend August 1-3. It will also offer an opportunity to earn professional development/in-service hours.

After 87 Years, The Bristol Sessions are Reborn

Bristol Sessions LabelIn 1927, Ralph S. Peer went to Bristol, TN/VA with his recording gear. Little did he know what the impact of that journey would become. He captured the local artists on his recording equipment and then released them on records for radio and purchase. The Bristol Sessions, as they have become known, resulted in the biggest explosion of music that we call "The Big Bang of Country Music." It was a bang heard coast to coast through radio and, it was a hit. However, it didn't stop there. The following year, "The Johnson City Sessions" were recorded. Johnson City is just south west of Bristol. Now, a new piece is coming together.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Opening Aug 1

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumThe dream that began years ago is finally on the horizon. The Birthplace of Country Music's museum is scheduled to open August 1, 2014 in Bristol TN/VA. Referred to as the "big bang of country music," the 1927 Bristol Sessions changed the industry forever. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, will tell the story of Bristol's musical heritage and its impact on the world.

BCM Announces Orthophonic Joy CD and Music Competition

Orthophonic Joy CoverNashville, TN -- Tourism and music industry representatives gathered today for a special press conference to officially announce the August 1 grand opening of The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, TN/VA and the creation of “Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited.” It was further announced that a national search is underway for a new band to perform the last track on the “Orthophonic Joy” recording project, produced by multi-Grammy Award-winner Carl Jackson.

Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited

Orthophonic Joy CoverNashville, TN -- Tourism and music industry representatives gathered today for a special press conference to officially announce the August 2 grand opening of The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, TN/VA and the creation of Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited. It was further announced that a national search is underway for a new band to perform the last track on the Orthophonic Joy recording project, produced by multi-Grammy Award-winner Carl Jackson.
Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited

Joe & Cindy Gregory Gift Building to Birthplace of Country Music

Birthplace of Country MusicBristol, VA/TN -- Birthplace of Country Music, non-profit parent organization of Birthplace of Country Music Museum and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, is proud to announce it has acquired the former Automotive Service & Supply Company building, located at 516 Cumberland Street. The funding for the property was gifted to BCM from Joseph R. Gregory and his wife Cindy.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Earns Mayors' Award of Distinction

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014Bristol, TN/VA -- Birthplace of Country Music® is proud to announce Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion annual music festival has achieved the esteemed Mayors' Award of Distinction from the cities of Bristol. The call was received from the judges’ committee chairman, Gary McGeough, Thursday afternoon.

Bank of Tennessee Gifts $100,000 to Birthplace of Country Music Museum

BCM Receives GiftBristol, VA/TN -- A press conference was held Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in the atrium of the Birthplace of Country Music® Museum (BCM) to announce a $100,000 gift by Bank of Tennessee to the museum. Bank of Tennessee CEO, Roy Harmon, and Bank of Tennessee Market President, David Wagner, presented the check to BCM Executive Director, Leah Ross, during the conference.

Birthplace of Country Music sweeps SFEA Awards

BCM SFEA AwardsBristol, TN/VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music® swept the Southeast Festival and Events Association Kaleidoscope Awards, held today in Savannah, Georgia, at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto Hotel. The awards recognize the highest levels of achievement in the Southeast's festival and event industry.

Exciting Changes Coming for BCM's Wise, VA, Music Programming

RTE 23Bristol, TN/VA -– Exciting changes are coming to the Birthplace of Country Music®'s summer concert programming in Wise, Va. The RTE 23 Music Festival will be held on Aug. 30, 2014, on the campus of the University of Virginia's College at Wise. This one-day music event will replace the Concert Series at Big Glades organized by Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and coinciding with Bristol's Border Bash concert series, which runs from May through August on the first and third Fridays.

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.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2013 Attendance Up a Whopping 10%

Bristol Rhythm & Roots ReunionBristol, TN/VA -- Despite getting .6 inches of rain on the music festival's biggest day, Birthplace of Country Music®, the parent organization of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, reports a 10% increase in attendance from their 2012 event. More than 55,000 visitors, artists, vendors, and volunteers converged onto Historic Downtown Bristol, VA/TN for the annual, three-day festival. Visitors from 45 states and 4 foreign countries were represented. Folks from as far away as the U.K., Scotland, Australia, the Middle East, and South America watched the event's live stream from their computers.

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