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MerleFest to Visit Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, TN/VA -- MerleFest, the popular music festival founded by the legendary Doc Watson and presented by Window World, offers music lovers a sneak peek of this spring's festival when MerleFest on the Road tours throughout the Southeast. The tour will make a stop at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Performers on the lineup include two acts that have appeared at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion: The Way Down Wanderers and The Barefoot Movement. Singer-songwriter and guitar champion Andy May will also perform. The Bristol stop will be part of the Birthplace of Country Music's 1927 Society Concert Series.

Luthiers Jayne Henderson and Wayne Henderson BCM Museum Jan. 26

Jayne Henderson and Wayne HendersonBristol, VA/TN -- Friday, January 26 at 7pm the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will host an evening of stories and music with luthiers Jayne Henderson and Wayne Henderson. Jayne will give a talk on her road to becoming a luthier, learning from her father Wayne, and the innovations in eco-sustainability she is bringing to the craft. She will also present a brief demonstration showing some of the tools, woods, and techniques she uses. After the talk and demo, Wayne will give a short performance playing some of Jayne’s instruments for the audience.

Rare Stanley Brothers Live Recording Among Virginia's Most Endangered Artifacts

Stanley Brothers LiveBristol, TN/VA -- A rare transcription disc containing a live broadcast performance of The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys on the former WCYB Radio Farm and Fun Time show has been listed among the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) Top 10 Endangered Artifacts. Over time, the degradation of the fragile, lacquer disc recording has made it unplayable and its content unaccessible. A public vote will determine if the rare recording can be restored through grant funds from VAM, so the museum is asking for your help in securing enough votes to help them win $5,000 to preserve this valuable piece of American music history.

Bluegrass Breaking Up Christmas Concert at BCM

Breaking Up Christmas ConcertJoin us on Saturday, January 6 at 7pm for a Bluegrass Breaking Up Christmas Concert featuring The New Smokey Valley Boys, The Cabin Creek Boys, and Mountain Park Old Time Band! Breaking Up Christmas is an old Blue Ridge Mountains tradition where people celebrated the 12 days of Christmas with house parties filled with old-time stringband music and Appalachian cheer. January 6 marks the end of those 12 days, and what better way to say goodbye to the festive season and welcome in the new year than with a night of energetic and entertaining old-time music live in the Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s Performance Theater and broadcast via Radio Bristol?

Luthier's Craft: Instrument Making Traditions of the Blue Ridge

Luthier Wayne Henderson in his workshop in Mouth of Wilson, VABristol, VA (November 3, 2017) — Luthiers—skilled makers of stringed musical instruments—are both keepers of tradition and innovators. They carry on the old ways of working wood and string to create beautiful and functional instruments, while also bringing new creativity and technology to the fore in their pieces. The Luthier's Craft: Instrument Making Traditions of the Blue Ridge is a new special exhibit at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum that explores and documents the traditional arts of fiddle, guitar, banjo, and dulcimer making in Southern Appalachia and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The special exhibit is on display now through March 4, 2018.

Japan's Bluegrass 45 at Birthplace of Country Music Museum Oct 2

Japan's Bluegrass 45Bristol, VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music is proud to present the international musicianship of Bluegrass 45 at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. More than a band, these six friends from Kobe, Japan have shared 50 years of friendship, musicianship, and a passion for music that has promoted and championed bluegrass as a culture, genre, and lifestyle all over the world. This is a rare opportunity to see the group in an intimate concert performance.

Bluegrass Legend Jesse McReynolds on Farm and Fun Time Feb. 9

Bluegrass Legend Jesse McReynoldsRadio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time, a live radio show at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum featuring bluegrass legend Jesse McReynolds and Asheville, NC hokum blues favorites the Fly By Night Rounders on Thursday, February 9. Hosted by Kris Truelsen and featuring musical breaks by house band Bill and the Belles, the program also features the Appalachian Sustainable Development Farm Report with Corbin Hayslett, a recipe segment, and much more!

African Roots of the Banjo at BCM Museum Monday Evening!

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is proud to present "African Roots of the Banjo," a lecture by Dr. Cece Conway, followed by a concert with the renowned Blind Boy Paxton on Monday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. The lecture and concert is part of the Lift Every Voice Series happening this fall at the museum.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum a Blue Star Museum

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum announced its participation in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve and their families through Labor Day 2016. The program also provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Receives Merit Award

American Association for State and Local History AwardBristol, TN/VA -- The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is the recipient of an Award of Merit for their permanent exhibits on the history and legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 71st year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

DIY Musicians Get a Lifeclass In Music Law at BCMM

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, VA/TN -- As the saying goes, "you can't swing a banjo on State Street without hitting a musician." Now the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) is offering a lifeclass for area musicians who are interested in learning more about the legal side of their careers. On Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the BCM will present "Music Law for Musicians," a seminar for musicians, music business professionals, or anyone interested in the legalities of the music business.

BCM Museum Instrument Donation Drive On May 7th

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Instrument DriveBristol, VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will be holding an instrument donation drive for its Education Department on Saturday, May 7 from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Gently used and new instrument donations will be used at the museum by students, visitors, and instructors during educational programs.

Radio Bristol Premieres Presents Sierra Hull May 5

Sierra HullBristol, TN/VA -- Radio Bristol Premieres focuses on new recordings debuted before a live audience, as well as a live broadcast and webcast on Radio Bristol. In this show, the talented Sierra Hull will perform from her new album, Weighted Mind. The performance takes place at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, VA. Doors open at 6:30 PM May 5th and tickets are just $35 per person.

Frank Solivan Cooking Up More Than Bluegrass at BCMM April 23

Frank Solivan & Dirty KitchenBristol, TN/VA -- Frank Solivan loves good food and good bluegrass. April 23 he's throwing both ingredients into the mix in celebration of his new solo album release Family, Friends & Heroes at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum (BCMM). The event is called Frank Solivan's Dirty Kitchen Experience, and not only is Frank cooking up some amazing bluegrass, he's making dinner!

Ralph Peer Display Debuts at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Ralph PeerBristol, TN/VA -- It all started with Ralph Peer, the ambitious record producer who recorded the 1927 Bristol Sessions and helped make The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers into household names. On March 30, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will open a special display on the legacy of Ralph Peer using artifacts loaned by the Peer Family Archives. The display will give visitors a glimpse into Peer's influence beyond the Bristol Sessions and country music.
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