Orthophonic Joy

Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited

Country music artists Ashley & Shannon Campbell, Ashley Monroe, Brad Paisley, Carl Jackson, Corbin Hayslett, Dolly Parton, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Emmylou Harris, Jesse McReynolds, Keb´ Mo,´ Larry Cordle & The Virginia Luthiers, Marty Stuart, Sheryl Crow, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Chuck Wagon Gang, The Church Sisters, The Shotgun Rubies, and Vince Gill join forces to pay tribute to the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions with Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited.

This timeless, haunting, and powerful album reimagines the iconic recordings that created the “Big Bang” of country music and catapulted The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers to stardom. Produced by Grammy-winning producer Carl Jackson and accompanied by narration by longtime Grand Ole Opry host Eddie Stubbs, the enduring beauty of the songs shines through. Not only does this album pay homage to the original recordings, it is destined to stir a reawakening within the industry that the 1927 Bristol Sessions helped shape.

Disc One

I’m Redeemed ~ Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Bury Me Beneath The Willow ~ Emmylou Harris
Black Eyed Susie ~ Marty Stuart
When They Ring Those Golden Bells ~ Dolly Parton
The Storms Are On The Ocean ~ Ashley Monroe
I Am Resolved ~ The Shotgun Rubies
Sweet Heaven When I Die ~ Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers
The Soldier’s Sweetheart ~ Vince Gill
To The Work ~ Keb´ Mo´

Disc Two

Where We’ll Never Grow Old ~ The Church Sisters
Darling Cora ~ Corbin Hayslett
In the Pines ~ Brad Paisley
The Wreck Of The Virginian ~ Ashley & Shannon Campbell
Pretty Polly ~ Carl Jackson
The Wandering Boy ~ Sheryl Crow
Train On The Island ~ Larry Cordle & The Virginia Luthiers
Johnny Goodwin / The Girl I Left Behind ~ Jesse McReynolds & Carl Jackson
Shall We Gather At The River ~ The Chuck Wagon Gang & The Orthophonic Choir

Liner Notes and Narrative



What is Orthophonic Joy?

The Victor Talking Machine Company, leading American producer of the phonograph, coined the term “Orthophonic” in 1925 after developing a recording process that created records with improved sound fidelity. Soon after, Victor used the term for the devices that would play the improved records, calling them “Orthophonic Victrolas” – the highest quality players the company would offer. Victor attracted the consumer by writing catchphrases such as “Don’t deny yourself the sheer joy of Orthophonic music” and “Brighten your home with the joy of Orthophonic music.” In 1927, under the direction of Ralph Peer, the Victor Talking Machine Company released many of the records from the seminal Bristol Sessions, a collection of music that would inspire musicians for generations to come.

How to Purchase Orthophonic Joy


To purchase in person, please visit The Museum Store at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

A portion of the sales from Orthophonic Joy benefit the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.


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