Old Time Mountain Music

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510 Cumberland Street, Suite 103
Bristol, VA 24202
Phone: (276) 645-0035
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Historical Significance Official Birthplace of Country Music - -

Since the earliest Settlers the Bristol area has been the epicenter of old time Appalachian Music. This music which is the basis for today's country music is a compilation of multiple backgrounds including Scottish, Irish, and African. Due to recordings made in 1927, Bristol has been named as the Birthplace of Country Music by the US Congress.

Old Time Mountain Music Today

August 1927, downtown Bristol hosted two weeks of recording sessions for the Victor Recording Company. The music recorded in those two weeks influenced generations of country, bluegrass, gospel, and rock and roll musicians. In Bristol, Victor talent scout Ralph Peer discovered Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family, and Ernest "Pop" Stoneman. These recordings, now known as the "Bristol Sessions," have been heralded by scholars as "The Big Bang of Country Music," and by musicians like Johnny Cash as "the most important event in the history of country music."

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