18th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Sep 21, 2018 - 4:00PM to Sep 23, 2018 - 8:00PM

Langhorne Slim bares his soul to a captive audience on the Piedmont Stage. © Birthplace of Country Music, Eli Johnson

Dates: Friday, September 21-23, 2018

Location: State Street, Historic Downtown Bristol, VA-TN


The award-winning Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival celebrates 18 years September 21-23, 2018 in Historic Downtown Bristol, VA-TN, the birthplace of country music!

Bristol Rhythm isn’t just a music festival. It’s an infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul. It’s an annual celebration of Bristol, VA-TN’s rich history as the place where the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings created the “big bang” of country music; they were the recordings that brought early country music to the mainstream and were the first recordings of The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers.

An aerial view of the Country Music Mural Stage during The SteelDrivers set. Packed! © Birthplace of Country Music, Photograph: Loch & Key Productions

The influence of the 1927 Bristol Sessions can still be heard in the soundtrack of today. It’s the roots and far-reaching branches of those seminal recordings that fuels the lineup of each Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion takes place in Historic Downtown Bristol, VA-TN on State Street and the surrounding area. Located on the Virginia and Tennessee border with 20 outdoor stages and indoor venues and more than 120 acts of live music, Bristol Rhythm takes visitors on a journey through Appalachia’s musical past, present, and future.

Past performers at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion include Dwight Yoakam, The Avett Brothers, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Doc Watson, Old Crow Medicine Show, Moon Taxi, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Patty Loveless, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Corey Harris, Colin Hay, and many, many more.

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Next year’s lineup will be revealed in the Spring of 2018. Discount weekend passes to the festival go on sale Black Friday, November 24, 2017!


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MUSEUM: 520 Birthplace of
Country Music Way
Bristol, VA 24201
(423) 573-1927

BUSINESS OFFICE: 416 State Street, Suite A
Bristol, TN 37620
(423) 573-1927