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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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristol.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 1, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 732 times since then and 33 times this year. Last updated on May 5, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photo   1. submitted on October 1, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
 
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