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The traditional gospel, bluegrass, and mountain music heard today was passed down from the generations and lives on through a wealth of musicians and instrument makers along the Crooked Road Heritage Trail.
The Southwest Blue Ridge Highlands city of Bristol — the location of the first country music recordings made for national distribution — has been called the "Birthplace of Country Music." And in 1998, Congress made it official!
Visit the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance Museum on State Street and the Birthplace of Tennessee Ernie Ford on the Tennessee side of Bristol. Check out the 1937 Art Deco Paramount Theater while you're in town, too.
Going west on U.S. Route 58, visit the Carter Family Memorial Music Center in Hiltons. The Carter Family was discovered in 1927 by Victor Recording Studio in Bristol and recorded 300 songs between 1927 and 1942. If you happen to be there on a Saturday night, don't miss the show at the Carter Family Fold next door, where, in the words of A.P. Carter . . . "This show is morally good with no cussing, drinking, or drugs allowed." Admission is only $4.
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