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Birthplace of Country Music Museum Anniversary Celebration Event

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Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, TN/VA -- The dream began years ago and was realized one year ago when the Birthplace of Country Music's museum opened on August 1, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia. Referred to as the "big bang of country music," the 1927 Bristol Sessions changed the industry forever. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of Bristol's musical heritage and its impact on the world.

The entire project wouldn't have even been possible if it had not been for that eventful day in late July, 1927, Ralph Peer, a record producer and talent scout for the Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, New Jersey, came to Bristol, Tennessee to record some of the region's music. The result of those recordings, commonly called "The Bristol Sessions", is what we now call the Big Bang of Country Music.

The new museum captures those priceless moments and recordings of the Carter Family, Jimmie rodgers, Ernest V. Stomenam and others. Those early recordings were what brought country music out of the shadows and into the music scene of America. No longer a product of the Appalachian mountain music, radio allowed the music to flourish across a wide part of America and eventually, the world.

In celebration of their first anniversary, August 14-15 will host various activities and events surrounding the museum. The public is invited to come and help celebrate the birth of the The Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Friday, August 14 at 10:30 a.m. - Join us for a special “Year In Review” event that provides a recap of the first year of the museum. Event will take place in the Performance Theater at the Museum.

Saturday, August 15 Enjoy free admission to the museum, along with free family activities and live music throughout the day. Schedule for the day includes:

  • Live Music – 11 a.m. Symphony Rags, 1 p.m. Slim Pickins, Tennessee High's bluegrass band, and 3 p.m. Amythyst Kiah
  • Family Activities (11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Performance Theater and Learning Center)
    • Banjo Bingo (Performance Theater)
    • Song Writing Mad Libs
    • And Many More Activities!
  • Museum Membership Incentives
  • Special films and screenings in the Performance Theater throughout the day
  • Hands-On Instrument Activities
  • The Museum Store's Special Artisan Event highlighting several local and regional artisans.

There is much more happing in Bristol for this big celebration. Expect to find music popping up in many places along State street and other venues.

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