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Bristol, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Bristol

 

—The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail —

 
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By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
1. Bristol Marker
Inscription. Bristol. In 1927 the Victor Talking Machine Company sent a portable studio to Bristol, and music publisher Ralph Peer advertized for traditional musicians wishing to try their hand at recording. The test pressings of the resulting “Bristol Sessions” involved mountain string bands, gospel singers, blues artists, and vaudeville performers. Among those that sold best were recordings by Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. In the 1940s and 1950s the live radio broadcast “Farm and Fun Time” originating on a Bristol station and heard in five states was linked to the development of bluegrass music. Among those on the program were: the Stanley Brothers, Flatt and Scruggs, Jim and Jesse, and Mac Wiseman. But the most popular band was Curly King and the Tennessee Hilltoppers, led by local singer Cecil Crusenberry, who used King as a stage name.

The rich history is well kept by the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, which has its offices near fabled State Street, where Virginia and Tennessee meet in the middle of a street. For the past 50 years musicians have gathered at the Star Barbershop on State Street for a weekly jam session. State Street is also the location of the Paramount Center for Arts, a historic theater that presents a variety of cultural events and performances.

The Crooked
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By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
2. The Crooked Road Marker
Road,Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.
From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Coalfields region, southwest Virginia is blessed with historic and contemporary music venues, musicians, and fretted instrument makers. Historically isolated, the region retained its strong musical legacy by passing traditions down through musical families to an appreciative community.

Old time mountain music, bluegrass, and gospel can be enjoyed all year long and several museums are devoted to showcasing the area’s rich musical heritage.

The Crooked Road winds through the ruggedly beautiful Appalachian Mountains and leads you to the major hotspots of old time mountain music country music, and bluegrass. Alive and kickin’ for today’s fans, these venues preserve and celebrate musical traditions passed down through generations. Annual festivals, weekly concerts, radio shows, and jam sessions ring out to large audiences and intimate gatherings. Please visit the Crooked Road website to plan your trip to coincide with the current entertainment events.
 
Erected by The Crooked Road.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail marker series.
 
Location. 36° 35.804′ N, 82° 14.372′ W. Marker is
The Crooked Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
3. The Crooked Road Marker
in Bristol, Virginia. Marker is on Interstate 81 one mile north of Exit 74, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at the Virginia Welcome Center. Marker is in this post office area: Bristol VA 24201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ralph S. Peer (approx. 2.9 miles away in Tennessee); Birthplace of Country Music (approx. 2.9 miles away in Tennessee); Shelby's Fort (approx. 3 miles away in Tennessee); Evan Shelby's Fort (approx. 3 miles away in Tennessee); Overmountain Patriots of the American Revolution (approx. 3.2 miles away); Jimmie Rodgers (approx. 3.2 miles away in Tennessee); Bristol Sessions (approx. 3.2 miles away in Tennessee); First Country and Western Recording (approx. 3.2 miles away in Tennessee). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristol.
 
Also see . . .  The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. (Submitted on August 6, 2013.)
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 569 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 3, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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