Bristol in Sullivan County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Birthplace of Country Music
Bristol, Tennessee • Virginia
—Historic Downtown Bristol —
Music Historians consider these recordings to be the beginnings of the commercial country music industry and in 1998 the United States Congress declared Bristol the "Birthplace of County Music."
While Peer's 1927 recordings stand as a milestone in the development of country music, the musical heritage of Bristol continued after those recordings. In the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, radio programs in Bristol, most notably WCBY's Farm and Fun Time, became popular and assisted in the development of a new genre of music - bluegrass.
Today, the rich musical heritage of Bristol remains vibrant. Bristol sits in the middle of Virginia's Heritage
The area in front of this mural has become a center for many of those community events. The stage in front of this mural plays host to a variety of weekly musical events from May through October. The area houses one of the main stages from the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion festival, held annually the third weekend of September. From April through October, a local Farmer's Market operated twice weekly. It is also a stop on the downtown audio walking tour.
For more information about our region's musical heritage, visit www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org
Erected by Tennessee Arts Commission an the National Endowment of the Arts.
Location. 36° 35.7′ N, 82° 11.218′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Tennessee, in Sullivan County. Marker is on State Street (Tennessee Route 34), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 810 State Street, Bristol TN 37620, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker Ralph S. Peer (within shouting distance of this marker); Evan Shelby's Fort (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shelby's Fort (approx. ¼ mile away); Jimmie Rodgers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Overmountain Patriots of the American Revolution (approx. 0.3 miles away in Virginia); Bristol Sessions (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Country and Western Recording (approx. 0.3 miles away); Birthplace of Bristol (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristol.
Also see . . . Birth Place of Country Music. (Submitted on January 24, 2013, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Arts, Letters, Music •
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