I joined the Birthplace of Country Music in 2012 as a member of the content team working on the exhibit script and design for the museum’s permanent exhibits. I then came on as a permanent member of staff in 2014, just before the Birthplace of Country Music Museum opened in August 2014. As Head Curator, I focus on our permanent and special exhibits, am responsible for coordinating and creating content and interpretation for the BCM blog and for the museum’s social media presence on Facebook, and oversee the museum’s public and educational programming.
I am lucky to work with such a great organization, which gives me the chance to be creative and the opportunity to learn every day. I really enjoy sharing our story with visitors, both on-site and online, and look forward to the chance to dig even deeper into the region’s musical heritage through this blog.
When I’m not at work, I enjoy long walks with my dog Pip, especially in all the beautiful places found in and around the Appalachian Mountains.
By Dave Stallard, August 23, 2017 The idea for what would eventually become the RTE 23 Music Festival dates back to a drive home from work in the fall of 2008. As I was headed up the mountain to my […]
Back in the early 1920s, there was a quest for “hillbilly music.” A&R men – A&R stood for artists & repertoire – were heading out of their studios in New York and other big cities to find recording talent that […]
Whew! It’s been a long few weeks – even months – here at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. We’ve planned and designed materials. We’ve hammered and painted. We’ve found parking spots for tractor trailers and forklifted huge crates into […]
Every year, volunteers across the country lend a hand to help organizations, charities and nonprofits, schools, and churches to do their work and to carry out their missions. In museums alone, volunteers give over a million hours of volunteer service […]
July 1 is National U.S. Postage Stamp Day, a day to celebrate these miniature works of art and their important role in correspondence and communication. While letters and messages have been sent throughout history, the first ever pre-paid postage stamp […]
Meeting Uncle Eck Dunford must have been quite an experience. While there aren’t many accounts of his life and times, the ones I’ve found – and the stories I’ve been told – point to a man who was full of […]
Today Bristol is celebrating Bristol Train Station Celebration Day, an event highlighting trains and local railroad history through educational programming, arts and crafts, and music. Bristol’s present-day train station was the fourth on its site. It was built in 1902 […]
By René Rodgers and Emily Robinson Each year, the month of May is designated as National Photograph Month. In this day and age, every single day seems like it is devoted to photographs, as we are all constantly shooting pics […]
Today is the first day of the Birthplace of Country Music blog. Welcome! For those readers who are familiar with us, you probably already know quite a lot about the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) in Bristol Tennessee/Virginia. But for […]