THE BIRTHPLACE OF COUNTRY MUSIC

THE BIRTHPLACE OF COUNTRY MUSIC MUSEUM

BRISTOL, TN

The legendary Johnny Cash called the 1927 Bristol Sessions, also known as the Big Bang of Country Music, “the single most important event in the history of country music.” How very fortunate we are that such a monumental moment in time occurred on Bristol’s State Street.

When producer Ralph Peer ventured into Bristol from New Jersey his goal was simple…he was looking for talented, rural singers to record a variety of music – “hillbilly music” as it was known then, along with gospel and blues. Bristol, he figured, was ideal for the kind of mountain music for which he was looking. He placed an ad in the local paper looking for singers and over a 10-day period of time in the summer of ’27 he had 19 musical acts record a total of 76 songs.

The Carter Family, Jimmie Rogers and the Stoneman Family were among those who recorded in a makeshift studio that had once been a hat factory. Those recordings not only helped make them famous but were also the genesis for country music as we know it today.

Because of the 1927 Sessions, Bristol was designated the Birthplace of Country Music by the United States Congress in 1988. In August of 2014, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in downtown Bristol opened and in May of 2015 a CD was released with stars of today like Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley and Sheryl Crow, singing some of the songs from the 1927 sessions.

The BCM Museum is a must-see for any visitor to Bristol where live music is featured nearly every night of the year at any number of venues.

THE BIRTHPLACE OF COUNTRY MUSIC MUSEUM

BRISTOL, TN
520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201
(423) 753-2171

WHAT’S NEARBY

Find great places to eat, shop and play while you are on the Trail.

WHAT TO DO

walkingtour

Historic Downtown Bristol Walking Tour

Get an up-close look at this historic town by taking a self-guided walking tour of the sites that tell its story.

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The Paramount Center for the Arts

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Paramount is an excellent example of the art deco motion picture palaces built in the late 1920’s and early 30’s.

518 State Street, Bristol, TN 37620
(423) 274-8920

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Kil’n Time Ceramics Studio

Weekly classes in canvas painting, hand building with clay, and fused glass.

818 State Street, Bristol, TN 37602
(423) 573-9950