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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

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 Reveals Symbolism Within the Sign

Clay Prewitt Sings StatelineBristol, TN/VA -- /BCM/ Birthplace of Country Music® held a press conference Friday afternoon to reveal more than the newly fastened sign at the entrance of Birthplace of Country Music® Museum. BCM representatives exposed the special meaning residing within the structure. It was impossible to hide the rather large, aluminum sign being hoisted to the second story of the museum this week. In fact, passersby and shutterbugs were quick to notice the impressive piece almost as soon as it went up. alt=

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.

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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