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Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited Out May 12

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Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions RevisitedBristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music is pleased to announce that the Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited album will be released on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Celebrating the impact that the 1927 Bristol Sessions had on the country music industry, Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited features re-creations of the original Bristol Sessions recordings by country music stars including, Ashley & Shannon Campbell, Ashley Monroe, Brad Paisley, Carl Jackson, Corbin Hayslett, Dolly Parton, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Emmylou Harris, Jesse McReynolds, Keb´ Mo´, Larry Cordle & The Virginia Luthiers, Marty Stuart, Sheryl Crow, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Chuck Wagon Gang, The Church Sisters, The Shotgun Rubies, and Vince Gill. The recording project also includes narration of the 1927 Bristol Sessions history by famed Opry host Eddie Stubbs.

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. Johnny Cash referred to this event as "the single most important event in the history of country music."

Timeless, haunting, and powerful, Orthophonic Joy re-imagines the iconic recordings that created the “Big Bang” of country music and catapulted The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers to stardom. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Carl Jackson, these songs are accompanied by narration from longtime Grand Ole Opry host Eddie Stubbs and their enduring beauty shines through. Not only does this album pay homage to the original recordings, it is destined to stir a re-awakening within the industry the 1927 Bristol Sessions helped shape.

Carl Jackson says, "So proud that Orthophonic Joy is just about to hit the streets on May 12th. It's been a better than two year process... a real labor of love. Many thanks to all the great artists... true friends, who so graciously have given their incredible talents to the project. The same goes for all the wonderful folks at the tourism departments of both Tennessee and Virginia, as well as those at the Birthplace of Country Music... You all believed in this from the very start and your support is so greatly appreciated. Finally... to my ole buddy, Rusty Morrell... I hope this makes your dream finally into a reality."

The leading American producer of the phonograph, The Victor Talking Machine Company, coined the term "Orthophonic" in 1925, after developing an improved fidelity for the recording process. Soon thereafter, Victrola used the term for the devices that would play the improved records, calling them "Orthophonic Victrolas" – the highest quality players the company would offer. Victrola attracted the consumer by writing catch phrases such as, "Don't deny yourself the sheer joy of Orthophonic music" and "Brighten your home with the joy of Orthophonic music". In 1927, under the production of Ralph Peer, the Victor Talking Machine Company released many of the records from the seminal Bristol Sessions, a collection of music that would inspire musicians for generations to come.

Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, and more, to appear on Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited
Country music royalty team up on album release on May 12 to honor "Big Bang of Country Music" in Bristol, VA/TN

Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited is now available for pre-order through both Amazon and iTunes. In addition to these sellers, after May 12 the album will be available for purchase in The Museum Store at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and in select stores.

Orthophonic Joy is a benefit of Birthplace of Country Music Museum. By making your online purchase through Amazon Smile and choosing Birthplace of Country Music, Inc. as your benefactor, you are helping our cause twofold. At no extra cost to you, BCM will receive 0.05% of your purchases. Thank you, in advance, for purchasing Orthophonic Joy through Amazon Smile!

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 1927 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 Grammy-winning producer Carl Jackson helped bring Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited to life. With support from the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Birthplace of Country Music, the album was created and produced throughout 2014 and early 2015.

Orthophonic Label“My dear friend Rusty Morrell approached me with the idea to produce a project honoring the original 1927 Bristol Sessions,” Jackson said. “He was very aware and fond of a couple of other multi-artist ‘tribute’ projects I had produced and felt I was the guy who could bring his vision to life. In my opinion, the importance of those ’27 recordings cannot be overstated, and I am truly honored that Rusty asked me to shine a new and loving light on some of those classic works.”

“In Tennessee, we like to say the music is ‘in the water.’ It flows from every corner of the state, from cities like Nashville, Memphis, and Bristol and small towns like Brownsville, Smithville and Franklin,” said Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “Entertainment icons Dolly Parton, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Marty Stuart are breathing new life into the 1927 Bristol Sessions. The Orthophonic Joy project is a vivid reminder of our musical roots and will inspire future generations of music makers and fans.”

“The music still comes out of the hills as a new generation of performers take mountain music back into the mainstream,” said Rita McClenny, president and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation. “It can be heard at general stores, barber shops, ice cream stands, small town theaters, and front porches throughout the region. Visitors can easily meet the musicians and presenters, some of whom are direct descendants of some of the most famous names in the genre. This experience is not manufactured. It is unquestionably an authentic Virginia—and American—experience.”

“This album further establishes why Bristol is known as the Birthplace of Country Music,” said Matt Bolas, executive director of the Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Bristol’s music heritage draws visitors from around the world, and this album along with the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Music Festival, year round live music and concerts, and the Birthplace of Country Music Museum amplifies why Bristol is a music destination.”

In the spirit of Ralph Peer, Jackson and the Birthplace of Country Music organization is launching a nationwide search for a new artist to record the final track on the album. Emerging and independent artists may submit ONE of the following selected Bristol Sessions songs: “The Storms Are On the Ocean,” “Darling Cora,” “Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow,” or “I Am Bound For The Promised Land.” Deadline to receive submissions is July 10. Four artists will be selected for Jackson and a panel of judges to review. For a complete list of contest rules, visit

The 1927 Bristol Sessions have often been honored for their impact on the world’s music,” said Leah Ross, executive director, Birthplace of Country Music. “With the opening of the Museum, the release of Orthophonic Joy, and the nationwide search for new talent, BCM and the team of irreplaceable partners who are part of these endeavors are ensuring the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions lives on for generations to come.”

The album is currently available for pre-orders through Amazon and iTunes. The album will also be available for purchase at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on May 12, 2015. Amazon: iTunes: TRACKLIST:

  • Disc 1
    1. "Don’t Deny Yourself the Sheer Joy of Orthophonic Music..." (narration by Eddie Stubbs)
    2. "I’m Redeemed" – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
    3. "All They Needed Now Was Talent..."
    4. "Bury Me Beneath the Willow" – Emmylou Harris
    5. "Tonight He is Playing the Tune at Police Headquarters..."
    6. "Black Eyed Susie" – Marty Stuart
    7. "An Early Tradition of Scrapping for Rights and Royalties..."
    8. "When They Ring Those Golden Bells" – Dolly Parton
    9. "I Wish I Had Some Rocks to Throw at Them..."
    10. "The Storms Are On the Ocean" – Ashley Monroe
    11. "Any Song with a Story Will Go to the People’s Hearts..."
    12. "I Am Resolved" – The Shotgun Rubies
    13. "A Hoe-down Social in a Mountain Cabin..."
    14. "Sweet Heaven When I Die - Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
    15. "Daddy Never Knew When He Would Come Up With an Idea for a Song..."
    16. "The Soldier’s Sweetheart" – Vince Gill
    17. "Where the Blues Meet the Church..."
    18. "To The Work" – Keb' Mo'
  • Disc 2
    1. "Singers Who Had Not Visited Bristol During Their Entire Lifetime Arrived..."
    2. "Where We’ll Never Grow Old" – The Church Sisters
    3. "Love, Loss, and the Perils of the Moonshine Business..."
    4. "Darling Cora" – Corbin Hayslett
    5. "Ramblers Riding the Longest Train I Ever Saw..."
    6. "In the Pines" – Brad Paisley & Carl Jackson
    7. "Twenty-One Good Years at the Throttle..."
    8. "The Wreck of the Virginian" – Ashley & Shannon Campbell
    9. "Prized and Practical, Brutal Ballads..."
    10. "Pretty Polly" – Carl Jackson
    11. "Tremendous Heart Punch and Appeal..."
    12. "The Wandering Boy" – Sheryl Crow
    13. "Gotta Catch That Train..."
    14. "Train on the Island" – Larry Cordle & The Virginia Luthiers
    15. "History Saws and Strums Along with Itself..."
    16. "Johnny Goodwin / The Girl I Left Behind" – Jesse McReynolds & Carl Jackson
    17. "Introducing the Orthophonic Choir..."
    18. "Shall We Gather at the River" – The Chuck Wagon Gang & The Orthophonic Choir
    19. "The Birthplace of Country Music..."

For more information about the Birthplace of Country Music and the Orthophonic Joy album, visit

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