Birthplace of Country Music Grand Opening Weekend of Events

Educators' Day at Birthplace of Country Music Museum

In preparation for the Grand Opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, BCMM's Education Committee wants to ensure educators in both Virginia and Tennessee view the museum as an important educational resource. BCMM is committed to providing interdisciplinary material and experiences that will help teachers and students achieve their educational goals. In order to do so, BCMM isplanning an Educators’ Day on July 22, 2014 and two days of in-services for regional teachers on July 23 and July 24, 2014. These events will offer educators from our region a “sneak peek” at the new museum before its actual grand opening on August 1. It will also offer an opportunity to earn professional development/in-service hours.

EDUCATORS’ DAY: July 22, 2014

The Educators’ Day program will include brief tours and opportunities for educators to learn more about how the BCMM can assist them in meeting their academic objectives. Volunteers from the BCMM’s Educational Committee will lead educators on “sneak peek” tours of the museum and will also provide some information about our educational initiatives, including the kinds of in-services that our Education and Outreach program will make available during the school year. This will be a wonderful opportunity for area teachers and find out what kinds of needs the museum can fill for them. There will be Q&A sessions after the tours.

There will be three sessions on Educator’s day: 10 AM to 12 PM, 1 PM to 3 PM, and 3 PM to 5 PM. Teachers who attend one of these sessions will receive a certificate for two hours of professional development. Spaces are limited, so pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Those who pre-register for a session will be guaranteed a seat; others will be given seats on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals may pre-register by calling Tracey Childress at 423-573-1927.

Teachers can attend any one of the Educators’ Day sessions and receive two hours of credit. They can also attend any of the other in-service sessions (listed below) for a more structured and discipline-specific session. The in-depth programs offer 5 hours of credit each.

TEACHER IN-SERVICES: July 23 and 24, 2014

For educators who would like a more in-depth look at how the BCMM can support them in their classrooms, two days’ worth of in-service programs will be offered to serve educators in different disciplines, led by experienced professionals with experience in delivering continuing education sessions. These sessions will take into consideration both the Virginia Standards of Learning and the Common Core Curriculum used in Tennessee.

Educators attending these in-service sessions will each receive a certificate for 5 hours of credit. Sessions will begin at 9 AM, with a one-hour break at 12:30 for teachers to have lunch on their own. The sessions will resume at 1:30 and will last until 4 PM. The last segment of the in-service will be a preview tour of the museum, led by the in-service presenter and the BCMM Education Curator. As with the sessions on Educators’ Day, space is limited. Teachers who want to be assured of a space for the in-service of their choice are strongly encouraged to pre-register.

Three (3) in-service programs will be offered for teachers to choose from. One program will focus on music history and style; another will connect the material in the Birthplace of Country Museum to critical thinking in the humanities; and a third is a STEM-focused in-service titled The Science of Sound. Music teachers are welcome, but we are also eager to serve others in the arts, humanities, and science.

In-service dates and brief descriptions are as follows:

July 23 9:00-4:00:
Why the Sessions? An Informational Overview of the Bristol Sessions, focusing on music history and styles of music.
Science of Sound: Recording and Radio History in the Classroom

July 24 9:00-4:00:
The Museum as Tool for Teaching Critical Thinking and Humanities Themes
Science of Sound (second date for overflow only if needed)

Birthplace of Country Music Museum is excited about the prospect of working with schools in our area to promote both excellence in education and an awareness of our region’s rich cultural and musical heritage. Thank you for considering this opportunity, and we look forward to serving you.

To register for one of the in-services above, please contact Tracey Childress at The Birthplace of Country Music. Her email is, and her telephone number is 423-573-1927.

Final Information Session for Docents and Volunteers

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, opening August 1, 2014, is sending out a call to volunteers and docents to help with a number of activities and duties at the new facility.

The final of two informational sessions will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, July 1 at 12:00pm, to learn more about becoming a volunteer or docent. The session will be held at the museum, located at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA, across from Cumberland Square Park. Individuals may sign up for required training sessions at these meetings.

Click here to download a .pdf file for more about the museum's volunteer program.

To register for this final informational session, call the BCM office at 423-573-1927 or email

To fill out an online application, click here.

Volunteer for Birthplace of Country Music Museum!

Bristol, VA/TN (June 17, 2014) — Birthplace of Country Music Museum, opening August 1, is sending out a call to volunteers and docents to help with a number of activities and duties at the new facility.

Two informational sessions will be held to learn more about becoming a volunteer or docent. These sessions will be held at the museum (located at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201) on Monday, June 23 at 4:00pm and Tuesday, July 1 at 12:00pm. At these meetings, individuals may sign up for required training sessions.

Click here to download a .pdf file for more about the museum’s volunteer program.

To register for one of these informational sessions, call the BCM office at 423-573-1927 or email

To fill out an online application click here.

BCM Announces Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited

Eddie Stubbs, Rusty Morrell, Marty Stuart, Carl Jackson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 10, 2014) – Tourism and music industry representatives gathered today for a special press conference to officially announce the August 2 grand opening of The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, TN/VA and the creation of “Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited.”

It was further announced that a national search is underway for a new band to perform the last track on the “Orthophonic Joy” recording project, produced by multi-Grammy Award-winner Carl Jackson.

Famed Opry host Eddie Stubbs emceed the event with special remarks and musical performances by country music celebrity Marty Stuart, as well as The Church Sisters, The Shotgun Rubies, The Chuck Wagon Gang and Carl Jackson. Commissioner Susan Whitaker, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Chris Canfield, Virginia Tourism Corporation, also brought remarks. The event was fittingly held at The Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum.

This Smithsonian Institution-affiliated Birthplace of Country Music Museum is dedicated to preserve the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their lasting influence on American popular music. Johnny Cash referred to the famous Sessions as “The single most important event in the history of country music.” Also known as the “Big Bang of Country Music,” the legendary recordings by Ralph Peer took country music to a new level and produced pioneers of the genre, such as Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family.

Set to be released in October, “Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited,” features entertainment legend Dolly Parton, as well as country music stars Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers and Ashley Monroe. The recording project includes 16 of the original songs from the Bristol Sessions.

The idea to recreate the Bristol Sessions had been discussed within the Birthplace of Country Music organization for years, but the serendipitous connection between board member John Rainero, veteran songwriter Rusty Morrell and producer Carl Jackson helped bring “Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited” to life.

“My dear friend Rusty Morrell approached me with the idea to produce a project honoring the original 1927 Bristol Sessions,” Jackson said. “He was very aware and fond of a couple of other multi-artist ‘tribute’ projects I had produced and felt I was the guy who could bring his vision to life. In my opinion, the importance of those ’27 recordings cannot be overstated, and I am truly honored that Rusty asked me to shine a new and loving light on some of those classic works.”

In the spirit of Ralph Peer, Jackson and the Birthplace of Country Music organization is launching a nationwide search for a new artist to record the final track on the album. Emerging and independent artists may submit ONE of the following selected Bristol Sessions songs: “The Storms Are On the Ocean,” “Darling Cora,” “Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow,” or “I Am Bound For The Promised Land.” Deadline to receive submissions is July 10. Four artists will be selected for Jackson and a panel of judges to review.

“The 1927 Bristol Sessions have often been honored for their impact on the world’s music,” said Leah Ross, executive director, Birthplace of Country Music. “With the opening of the Museum, the release of ‘Orthophonic Joy,’ and the nationwide search for new talent, BCM and the team of irreplaceable partners who are part of these endeavors are ensuring the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions lives on for generations to come.”

Today’s event was hosted by the Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol TN/VA Convention and Visitors Bureau, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, and Virginia Tourism Corporation.


Joe & Cindy Gregory Gift Building to BCM

Bristol, VA/TN (May 23, 2014) — Birthplace of Country Music, non-profit parent organization of Birthplace of Country Music Museum and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, is proud to announce it has acquired the former Automotive Service & Supply Company building, located at 516 Cumberland Street. The funding for the property was gifted to BCM from Joseph R. Gregory and his wife Cindy.

“I think everyone in the community is excited about the impending Birthplace of Country Music Museum opening later this year,” said Mr. Gregory. “Cindy and I are glad we could play a pivotal role in securing the adjoining building for the museum’s use and see it as a strategic addition to enhance the mission of the organization. We look forward to seeing how this new space expands the presentation of our region’s rich history of music and cultural heritage.”

The property was purchased from Cecil R. Hopkins, Jr., and his wife Angela. Hopkins’ father founded the business in 1935 as a United Motors Service parts franchise.

“I am happy to know the property will be restored and that the community will have a nice facility there,” said Hopkins.

According to Bristol, Virginia tax records, the two-story, structure was constructed in 1881. The application form for downtown’s inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places indicates it was built circa 1900 and further reveals it was used as a grain, feed, fertilizer and cement warehouse in its early years. Later, the building housed an automobile dealership with the upper level utilized for automobile service by lifting the vehicles on a platform freight elevator that is reported to still be in working order. Hopkins confirms the building was the Bristol Motor Company Buick dealership.

“This building will play a major role in the future growth of Birthplace of Country Music,” said Leah Ross, executive director. “We are fortunate to have community leaders like Joe and Cindy Gregory who support and believe in our mission.”

Mr. Gregory is president and CEO of Gregory Management Company, LLC, an investment management firm located in Bristol, TN. Mr. Gregory is well known for his dedication to preservation. He purchased and began restoration of the Old Tennessee Post Office and Custom House in Bristol, in 1999. His projects have included serving on the Board of the Bristol Train Station during the period of its restoration and the preservation of the E.W. King building, located on the corner of Shelby & 7th Street. Both of these sights are designated sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion NETTA Pinnacle Awards "Best of Show"

Carey Kidd (BCM), Nick Corrigan, Charlene Baker (BCM), Eric Blevins (BRRR), Leah Ross, Justin Glanville, and Destiny Smith
Johnson City, TN (May 9, 2014) — Birthplace of Country Music's Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion festival took home a number of Pinnacle Awards, including "Best of Show", from Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association (NETTA) at their annual awards luncheon on Wednesday. This latest recognition comes after the festival received the cities of Bristol Mayors' Award of Distinction in April and several Southeast Festival & Events Association Kaleidoscope Awards, including "Best Festival", in February.

The Pinnacle awards were sponsored by Bristol Motor Speedway and held at the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City, Tennessee.

"Receiving the Pinnacle for Best of Show from NETTA is especially meaningful to our organization," said Birthplace of Country Music Executive Director Leah Ross. "To know that our event is held in such high esteem among our regional tourism industry is very humbling. It has taken a village to make Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion a success, this award speaks to the hard work and support of many over the past fourteen years."

In addition to "Best in Show" honors, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion recieved the Pinnacle for Special Events and Public Relations. Jack King, owner of LC King Manufacturing Historic Downtown Bristol, accepted the Public Relations Pinnacle for #BristolRhythm: Live & Breathing, The LC King Centennial Sessions. Nick Corrigan, Justin Glanville, and Destiny Smith, of Live & Breathing, were also present.

Live & Breathing, based in Knoxville, Tenn., is a video production company known for capturing intimate performances by musicians in unique, personal settings. The company set up private shoots in the second story sewing room of the 100-year-old LC King factory during Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2013 weekend. Live & Breathing recorded over 50 performances by artists including IBMA award-winning Della Mae, Willie Watson, JD McPherson, Pokey LaFarge, and St. Paul & the Broken Bones.As of this date, the Live & Breathing: LC King Centennial Session videos have netted more than 478,000 page views on YouTube alone.

"It is an honor to be recognized for our work, but it is a privilege to work with such talented people and with such a great event," said Nick Corrigan, Live & Breathing Production Manager. "None of what we do would be possible without everyone who helped us along the way. Everyone's hospitality and the collaboration of Pointer Brand, The Birthplace of Country Music and Live And Breathing is what made the LC King Centennial Sessions a success. It's great that the community sees and recognizes that."

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion also recieved Merit Awards for Print and Multi-Media Advertising & Promotions for the Reunion's Festival Guide, designer Cindy Collier, and Mobile Application, designer CrowdTorch by Cvent.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014 will be held September 19-21. Weekend Passes to the annual music festival remain at $50 through June 30.

Andrew Combs, Paleface Perform at Border Bash

Andrew Combs, Paleface
Bristol, VA/TN (May 9, 2014) — 15 years of Border Bash continues its season long celebration! Thank you to the hundreds of friends who joined us downtown for the inaugural concert of the season last week, you made it a big success! Join us Friday, May 16, 2014, in the 700 block of State Street. Starting at 6:00 p.m., we'll do it all again with children's activities and vendors.

The free concerts start at 7:00 p.m. featuring Andrew Combs and Paleface, two acts featured at this year's Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion festival (September 19-21, 2014). As always, the event is free to the public. Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol, the Cities of Bristol, VA/TN, and Birthplace of Country Music®.

Andrew Combsis a songwriter, guitarist, and singer who lives in Nashville. Originally from Dallas, Combs is inspired by the great tradition of Texas songwriting exemplified by Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Mickey Newbury.Following the success of the 2010 EP Tennessee Time, Coin Records released the 7-inch single “Big Bad Love” in May 2012 and Combs’ debut full-length album, Worried Man, on October 30, 2012.The new album caps off a busy year for Combs who signed as a staff writer with Razor & Tie Music Publishing in July 2012. Combs was also tapped to play the 2012 Americana Music Association festival and has played and toured with Shovels & Rope, Jonny Corndawg, Caitlin Rose, Houndmouth, Robert Ellis, and Jason Isbell.

Paleface:Prolific Influential cult-hero & Indie-folk icon, PALEFACE, is now a high-energy and charismatic duo (sometimes trio) featuring girlfriend-drummer Mo Samalot, who adds charming candied vocal harmonies to the mix. The band celebrated the release of their latest album One Big Party (Ramseur Records) with a special guest-performance alongside label-mates The Avett Brothers at Radio City Music Hall, followed by US and Europe tours. Soon after, PASTE Magazine premiered "PALEFACE: The Making Of One Big Party", a short documentary which follows the band as they record the album and tour. Paleface’s music video for the album's tittle-track received airplay through several MTV stations as well as satellite & online outlets (VH1, CMT, MTV). And this Winter, Paleface's Mountain Stage performance aired via 130+ NPR stations nationwide and worldwide via Voice of America Satellite Service, and PALEFACE, was schooled musically by Daniel Johnston and soon discovered at an NYC open mic by Danny Fields (The Stooges, The Ramones, MC5). He's released over a dozen records including two major label releases, and has been quoted as major influence and inspiration by a wide range of artists including Grammy Award recipient BECK who calls Paleface a big influence on his early work. Paleface has also collaborated and appeared on three albums by The Avett Brothers. At the moment, Paleface is in the process of writing a new album to record later in the year, and in the meantime he's self-released Multibean Bootleg Vol.3, a collection of raw demos, live performances and outtakes.

Dr. Jessica Turner at Bristol Public Library

BCM Museum Opens August 1, 2014
Don't miss this special opportunity to hear museum director Dr. Jessica Turner speak about Bristol's exciting new Birthplace of Country Music Museum thisMonday, May 12th, at 6:30 pm,at the Bristol Public Library's Kegley Auditorium. This program is free of charge and open to the public.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, will tell the story of Bristol's unique music heritage, from the Bristol Sessions and beyond, and how the sounds of our region continue to influence music around the world.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum, located at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way in Historic Downtown Bristol, opens to the public August 1, 2014.

New Addition to BCM Family

Carey Kidd, BCM Development Assistant
Bristol, TN/VA (May 9, 2014) Carey Kidd joins the Birthplace of Country Music in the role of Development Assistant. She has a BA in Mass Communications and Spanish Literature from Emory & Henry College. Before coming to BCM, she worked in fundraising and development for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Knoxville Area Project Access. She and her husband currently reside in Kingsport. Carey will be responsible for fundraising activities for the organization. Those seeking opportunities with Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, or any of our other events and programming, should contact her at or call 423-573-1927.
Join us in welcoming Carey into the BCM family!

Tahita Haynes Graduates from LEAD Bristol!

Paula Hurt, LEAD Bristol! Coordinator, Bristol Chamber of Commerce, Tahita Haynes
Bristol, TN/VA (May 9, 2014) -Birthplace of Country Music Operations Manager, Tahita Haynes, graduated from the Bristol Chamber of Commerce LEAD Bristol! program during an awards luncheon held Thursday at King University. LEAD Bristol! is a nine month leadership training program for business professionals that begins with a two day retreat in September and continues with monthly class sessions until graduation in May. LEAD Bristol! emphasizes skill development and community awareness. Tahita is the third Birthplace of Country Music employee to graduate from LEAD Bristol!, joining BCM Executive Director, Leah Ross, Director of Finance, Becky Littleton, and Director of Marketing/Communications, Charlene Baker, in the alumni ranks.

"Country Music's Cradle" BCM Featured in Chicago Tribune

Bristol, VA/TN, (May 1, 2014) – Jay Jones, a travel writer who visited Bristol last fall, tells the story of the Birthplace of Country Music® in an article that appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Orlando Sentinel. According to a report by the Alliance for Audited Media, Chicago Tribune ranks 10th in the U.S. for daily print and digital newspaper circulation reaching over 470,000 readers. Jones visited Bristol as part of a FAM tour (or "familiarization" trip) for travel industry writers hosted by the Bristol Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Birthplace of Country Music® Museum opens to the public August 1, 2014. The 24,000 square foot facility, located at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way in Historic Downtown Bristol, is a Smithsonian Affiliate housing 12,000 square feet of exhibit space, a rotating exhibit gallery, music mixing and listening stations, multiple theater experiences, and interactive, technology-infused media. The museum will also host live, year-round performances and educational programming. The museum tells a nuanced story of the Bristol Sessions and how those sound recordings, and the technology used to make them, have impacted the country music recording industry today.

Dates and activites for Birthplace of Country Music® Museum Grand Opening Events will be announced soon.

Bristol Rhythm Green Pack Gets Grant

Bristol, VA/TN (May 1, 2014) — Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion's Green Pack will receive new recycling bins for the annual event, thanks to the national Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Recycling Bin Grant Program.

Colleges, K-12 schools, nonprofits and local governments will now be better able to advance their recycling efforts thanks to a significant grant made possible by The Coca-Cola Foundation. The winning communities, schools, universities and organizations will receive nearly 4,500 recycling bins. Over 65 percent of the bins are designed specifically for permanent, ongoing use in heavily-trafficked public spaces and events, with the remaining 35 percent to be used by students in collegiate residence halls.

The Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Recycling Bin Grant Program awards recycling bins directly to recipients and leverages volume buying discounts. Since 2007, the programs has placed more than 35,000 recycling bins in over 500 communities across the U.S. A full list of the spring 2014 Recycling Bin Grant recipients and further information about the grant program is available at

The Green Pack is stepping up efforts to decrease the carbon footprint of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion by increasing recycling efforts and offering composting to vendors. Volunteers who wish to serve with Green Pack during the festival will have the opportunity to apply online at www.BristolRhythm.comin late May.

Emmylou Harris Headlines Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014

Bristol, VA/TN, (April 22, 2014) – A press conference was held Tuesday in the atrium of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum (opening August 1) to announce the highly anticipated lineup for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014.

“This is possibly the most exciting festival in the history of our organization,” stated BCM executive director, Leah Ross. “For the first time, visitors of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion will be able to explore the origins of Bristol’s important place in recorded music history here at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.”

Among the artists scheduled to appear at the 2014 event, 13- time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris.

“Emmylou Harris is one of the most admired and influential women in music. We are honored to have an artist of this magnitude be part of our festival.”

Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. Harris has recorded with such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Daniel Lanois, Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, Neil Young, Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Ryan Adams, Beck, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, and most recently, Rodney Crowell with whom she shares a Grammy for “Best Americana Album”.

Subject Matter Studio

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion also revealed its 2014 annual poster artwork, designed by Drew Findley of Subject Matter Studio. Subject Matter is a full service graphic design studio, based out of Asheville, North Carolina, and is sought after by artists such as Adele, Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, The Avett Brothers, and Langhorne Slim for their individually, hand pressed posters with an avante garde aesthetic.

The first one hundred limited edition prints are numbered and signed by the artist, available for purchase at $25. Call 423-573-1927 to reserve. Unsigned posters will be available at the BCM office and in our online store for $15.

The Museum

Birthplace of Country Music Museum, slated to open August 1, will be open during Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, but will not house a stage this year. The museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is dedicated to telling the story of the Bristol Sessions through permanent exhibits, a special exhibits gallery, educational programs, multiple film experiences, and a theater dedicated to year-round music performances, workshops, and films. In addition, the museum will feature interactive music mixing and listening stations and technology-infused media.

"The museum will feature exhibits that explore the Bristol Sessions and their role in early commercial country music recordings, and the region’s influence on this music," says Dr. Jessica Turner, the museum's director and lead curator. "We also have the opportunity to educate audiences about the early recording industry, of which Bristol was just one site of many, and how these musics are connected historically."

Activities at BRRR 2014

Sign up is already under way for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion’s Wernick Method Jam Camp. Jam Camp takes place September 17-19, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. daily. Participants will perform a showcase during the festival. Musicians who play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, or Dobro are encouraged to sign up at

Children’s Day, provided by BVU Optinet, is a favorite activity for families each year. Children’s Day is a free event, held Saturday, September 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Cumberland Square Park. Children’s entertainment, inflatables, face painting, and fun crafts are always part of the festivities.

BRRR’s 5k Road Race/2 Mile Fun Walk is another popular mainstay of the festival. Run/walkers take their places at the starting line at 8:00 a.m. in front of the Bristol Train Station Saturday, September 20. More than 700 people participated in last year’s event. Sign up for the event will be posted early summer.

Green Pack

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion’s Green Pack will step up its recycling efforts in 2014. Vendors will only be allowed to use recyclable serving materials, and 30 recycling stations will be available for festivarians to place used plastic, aluminum and paper products. Vendor composting will be introduced at this year’s festival. Vendors will be given the option to compost food waste in 2014; composting will be mandatory in 2015. A Compost Cube will be provided by Appalachian Sustainable Development to serve as an educational tool, and literature about composting will be distributed.

Volunteer in 2014

Volunteer applications for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion will be up on the festival’s website mid to late May. Volunteers will receive one (1) Day Pass to the festival and a Volunteer t-shirt for each five-hour shift they work. More than 700 volunteers are needed for the entire weekend.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014 lineup:

Emmylou Harris, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Moon Taxi, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Dale Watson & His Lonestars, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Kruger Brothers, Billy Joe Shaver, The Seldom Scene, Ray Wylie Hubbard, White Denim, Caveman, Willie Watson, The Black Lillies, 18 South, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Sturgill Simpson, Balsam Range, Town Mountain, Red Molly, Folk Soul Revival, Chuck Mead, Sol Driven Train, Bronze Radio Return, The Quiet Life, Joshua James, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Black Prairie, M.S.G.-The Acoustic Blues Trio, Goodnight, Texas, Breaking Grass, The Whiskey Gentry, Truth & Salvage, Swear & Shake, The Deslondes, The New Familiars, Fruition, The Cactus Blossoms, Flat Lonesome, Leo Welch w/Jimbo Mathus, Donna Ulisse & The Poor Mountain Boys, Bawn in the Mash, Tumbleweed Wanderers, Parker Millsap, Giving Tree Band, Furnace Mountain, Elliott Brood, The Dustbowl Revival, Dale Jett, Cruz Contreras, Bombadil, Paleface, If Birds Could Fly, Wayne Henderson & the Virginia Luthiers, Adam Faucett, The Adam Larkey Band, After Jack Band, Al Scorch, Amazed by Grace, Amythyst Kiah, Ancient Cities, Andrew Combs, Annabelle’s Curse, Annie Robinette, Antique Firearms, Barlow Gin & the Hatchetmen, Billy Crawford Band, Blind Boy Paxton, Breaking Tradition, Brian Elijah Smith, The Corklickers, Cutthroat Shamrock, The Deep Fried 5, Dustin Miller, Duty Free, Ed Snodderly, Empty Bottle String Band, ETSU Bluegrass Band, ETSU Old Time Pride Band, The Farmhouse Ghost, Feed the Birds, The Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band, Frank Fairfield, The Great Peacock, Grits & Soul, The Harlow Experience, The Hermit Kings, The Hey Boys, Honaker FFA Bluegrass Band, The Honey Badgers, Indian Run Stringband, Jamie Cook, Jarekus Singleton, Jeff Brown, Jon LaDeau, Josh Daniel & Mark Schimick, JP Parsons, King Super & the Excellents, Lauren Penley, Leo Rondeau, Loves It!, Mis’ry Creek, Motel Rodeo, Mustered Courage, My New Favorites, The Neighbors, Old Line Skiffle Combo, The Ordinary Bitters, Rex Montgomery, Rickshaw Roadshow, The Rigneys, Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, The Rose Sisters, Scotty Melton, String Fever, The Successful Failures, Sycamore Hollow, Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen, Travis Fry & Blue Mountain, The Virginia Whirlwind, Wayne Graham, Wendy Crowe, The Whiskey Incident, Wise Old River.

It’s all happening at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, September 19-21, 2014, on State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, VA/TN. More than 55,000 fans, artists, volunteers, and vendors attended the festival in 2013. Discount Weekend Passes are on sale now for $50 through June 30. Those who purchase passes online will receive RFID wristbands in the mail 60-90 days prior to the festival. Purchasers of paper tickets can exchange for wristbands at the Birthplace of Country Music office, located at 416 State Street, Suite A, May 1-June 30. Wristband holders can scan in at all entry gates. Festival goers with paper passes or those who need to purchase at the gate will be directed to one of 5 select ticket booths. There will be 12 other enter/exit points around the festival site for a total of 17 gates. To purchase tickets visit

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