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After 87 Years, The Bristol Sessions are Reborn

Bristol Sessions LabelIn 1927, Ralph S. Peer went to Bristol, TN/VA with his recording gear. Little did he know what the impact of that journey would become. He captured the local artists on his recording equipment and then released them on records for radio and purchase. The Bristol Sessions, as they have become known, resulted in the biggest explosion of music that we call "The Big Bang of Country Music." It was a bang heard coast to coast through radio and, it was a hit. However, it didn't stop there. The following year, "The Johnson City Sessions" were recorded. Johnson City is just south west of Bristol. Now, a new piece is coming together.

ETSU & BCM Present Johnson City Sessions Weekend Oct. 17-20

The Johnson City SessionsBristol, TN/VA, October 8, 2013 - East Tennesee State University and Birthplace of Country Music ® present Johnson City Sessions Weekend, October 17-20, 2013, an event-packed weekend celebrating the release of Johnson City Sessions 1928- 1929: Can you Sing or Play Old-Time Music? CD Box Set, re-mastered by Germany's Bear Family Records.

The Johnson City Sessions Release Celebration Weekend Oct. 17-20

The Johnson City SessionsBristol, TN/VA -- East Tennessee State University and Birthplace of Country Music present Johnson City Sessions Weekend, October 17-20, 2013, an event-packed weekend celebrating the release of Johnson City Sessions 1928-1929 "Can You Sing or Play Old-Time Music" CD Box Set, remastered by Bear Family Records.

Historic Johnson City Sessions Due in Early October

The Johnson City SessionsBristol, TN/VA -- Last April, Cybergrass reported on the John City Sessions project. The project is a young sibling of sorts to the Birthplace of Country Music's The Bristol Sessions. The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) and East Tennessee State University (ETSU) are working together for the Johnson City Sessions Weekend to be held October 18-20. Bear Family Records is presenting Johnson City Sessions: Can You Sing Or Play Old-Time Music? due that October weekend.

Johnson City Sessions Artwork, Marker Unveiled

The Johnson City SessionsBristol, TN/VA -- On Friday, April 5, Downtown Johnson City, Tennessee was abuzz with sounds and sights of the past. Local residents, media and organizations gathered to celebrate the Birthplace of Country Music®’s musical sibling: the 1928 Johnson City Sessions. BCM President John Rainero spoke to the Sessions' impact--one still being felt as partnerships are formed today.

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