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Bristol in Sullivan County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Bristol Sessions

July 25 through August 5, 1927

 
 
Bristol Sessions Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, September 27, 2009
1. Bristol Sessions Marker
Inscription. In 1927 Ralph Peer, a record producer with the Victor Talking Machine Company, set up a temporary music studio on this site. Over the next 12 days he recorded 76 songs by 19 artists, including the Stonemans, and the first recordings of Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter family. These recordings launched the country music industry. In 1998 the United States Congress recognized Bristol as the "Birthplace of Country Music."
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1A 140.)
 
Location. 36° 35.693′ N, 82° 10.875′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Tennessee, in Sullivan County. Marker is at the intersection of State Street (Tennessee Route 34) and Edgemont Avenue on State Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 434 State Street, Bristol TN 37620, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Country and Western Recording (a few steps from this marker); Birthplace of Bristol (a few steps from this marker); Bristol (within shouting distance of this marker); Jimmie Rodgers (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker in Virginia); Historic Bristol (within shouting distance of this marker in Virginia); Overmountain Patriots of the American Revolution (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line in Virginia); Evan Shelby (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bristol.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 710 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photo   1. submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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