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'Born in Bristol' Short-listed at Cannes Film Festival

Born in BristolBristol, VA/TN -- The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development’s (TDTD) Born in Bristol, a 53-minute documentary profiling the 2015 recording of Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, produced in partnership with the Virginia Tourism Corporation, earned shortlist honors at the 63rd Annual Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity in Cannes, France in the category of Film Craft – Use of Licensed or Adapted Music. The shortlist is a list of candidates that have been selected for final consideration at the festival; Born in Bristol was one of only 216 out of 2,328 entries to earn that distinction.

Documentary Now Filming to Recreate Historic Bristol Sessions

Bristol SessionsBristol, TN/VA -- Sundance Award-winning director Chusy Haney-Jardine and a crew from Plan A films, based in Asheville, North Carolina, are in Bristol filming local artists and actors participating in a documentary film celebrating the 1927 Bristol Sessions and the “Big Bang of Country Music.”

Bristol Sessions Film Project Seeks Local Talent

 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.”

Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited Out May 12

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.

Ballet Meets the Bristol Sessions and Beyond

Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in MotionBristol, VA/TN -- Bristol Ballet, in cooperation with the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM), presents Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in Motion at the Paramount Center for the Arts on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. and April 12 at 2:30 p.m. Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in Motion challenges the imagination through the lyrical poetry of our region’s music and the ethereal beauty of classical dance. The imaginative combination of ballet with the music of the Bristol Sessions, and beyond, honors Bristol’s music legacy with innovation and originality by marrying two forms of creative expression in an unexpected way.

"Ralph Peer: Record Man" at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Ralph PeerNashville, TN -- Ralph Peer: Record Man, an intimate exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, will be unveiled today, September 12. He hailed from Independence, Missouri, but the mark Ralph S. Peer left on popular music spread across the globe. He was a pioneer in recording, music publishing and artist management. He was, in all capacities, a record man.

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.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Opening Aug 1

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumThe dream that began years ago is finally on the horizon. The Birthplace of Country Music's museum is scheduled to open August 1, 2014 in Bristol TN/VA. 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, will tell the story of Bristol's musical heritage and its impact on the world.

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.

Will The Circle Be Unbroken Concert Event in Bristol

Circle Album concertThe Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) proudly announces an exclusive event on September 14, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at Theatre Bristol: Will The Circle Be Unbroken. The evening is a tribute to The Carter Family and will be hosted by John McEuen and feature John Carter Cash and family. The Will The Circle Be Unbroken concert event takes place September 14, 2013 at 6:30 PM at Theatre Bristol in downtown Bristol, TN/VA. There are only a few days left to reserve your tickets.Circle Album concert

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.

Bristol Sessions Box Set Available at BCMA, Rates #4 in Rolling Stone

The Bristol Sessions Box SetBristol, TN/VA -- The Bristol Sessions 1927-1928: The Big Bang of Country Music Box Set is now available for sale at the office of Birthplace of Country Music Alliance (BCMA). The digitally remastered compilation of the 1927 & 1928 Bristol Sessions includes previously unreleased material and is the first time both the '27 and '28 Sessions have been packaged together

The Bristol Sessions Box Set Nominated for Grammy Award

The Bristol Sessions Box SetBristol, TN/VA -- The Bristol Sessions 1927-1928: The Big Bang of Country Music Box Set has received two Grammy nominations in the Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes categories. The compilation was released by Bear Family Records in March of this year.

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