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 The 1927 Bristol Sessions RevisitedBristol, TN/VA -- Nearly 90 years after Ralph Peer ran a newspaper advertisement seeking regional musicians to sing for Victor Company’s new recording machine, the States of Tennessee and Virginia are putting out a call for artists and actors to participate in a new film celebrating the Bristol Sessions and the “Big Bang of Country Music.”

Plan A Films, led by Sundance Award-winning director Chusy Haney-Jardine, will hold a casting session at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. this Friday, November 13, 2015. Men, women and children ages five (5) to 70 who can sing and play instruments, and musicians with no acting experience, are invited to audition.

Those interested in advance consideration, please submit a video (QuikTime or .mp4) singing and playing an instrument, along with a 30-second self-introduction using a Southern accent, to bristolsessionscasting@gmail.com. Filming will take place in Bristol in early December.

The film, commissioned by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Virginia Tourism Corporation, is scheduled for release in Spring 2016 and will compliment last year’s release of Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, which features popular modern artists’ re-recordings of original 1927 Bristol Sessions classics such as “Shall We Gather at the River,” “Black Eyed Susie,” and “Bury Me Beneath the Willow.”

“Many Americans know about the birth of rock-and-roll or the rise of the Motown sound, but fewer people know the real story behind the roots of country music,” said Leah Ross, Executive Director of The Birthplace of Country Music. “This will help us share the history of what has become the world’s most popular musical form and attract more visitors to Bristol and the Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia regions.”

For more information about the Birthplace of Country Music, visit www.BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org. For more information about the film and casting, please contact Plan A Films at bristolsessionscasting@gmail.com.

The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) was established to preserve and promote the rich music heritage of our region. In 1998, the US Congress passed a bill that officially recognized Bristol as the Birthplace of Country Music. Through the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and its mission, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and a multitude of community and educational outreach programs, BCM’s vision is to promote Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia as the Birthplace of Country Music. For more information about the Birthplace of Country Music visit www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org.

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