About the Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Birthplace of Country Music® Museum, in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of our musical heritage. From the Bristol Sessions and beyond, our region continues to influence music around the world.
Opened in 2004, The 24,000 square foot facility, located at 520 Birthplace of Country Music® Way in Historic Downtown Bristol, houses 12,000 square feet of exhibit space, a rotating exhibit gallery, music mixing and listening stations, multiple theater experiences, and interactive, technology-infused media.BCMM also hosts live, year-round performances and educational programming.
The museum will be a touchstone for visitors seeking comprehensive knowledge of the music of our region and Bristol's important role in the evolution of recorded music history.
Album honors historic "big bang of country music" in Bristol VA/TN. "
Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 BristolSessions Revisited has been created.
This Smithsonian Institution-affiliated Birthplace of Country Music Museum is dedicated to preserve the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their lasting influence on American popular music. Johnny Cash referred to the famous Sessions as "The single most important event in the history of country music." Also known as the "Big Bang of Country Music," the legendary recordings by Ralph Peer took country music to a new level and produced pioneers of the genre, such as Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family.
"Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited," features entertainment legend Dolly Parton, as well as country music stars Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers and Ashley Monroe. The recording project includes 16 of the original songs from the Bristol Sessions.
The idea to recreate the Bristol Sessions had been discussed within the Birthplace of Country Music organization for years, but the serendipitous connection between board member John Rainero, veteran songwriter Rusty Morrell and producer Carl Jackson helped bring "Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited" to life.
Last Updated: 1/25/2017