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The Transformative Power of Traditional Music: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dulcimer. Part II

My time at ETSU taught me a lot of things. I think the most important lesson it taught me was that I didn’t know as much as I thought I did. It started changing […]

The Transformative Power of Traditional Music: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dulcimer. Part I

Trigger Warning: This post contains content about suicide. If you or a loved one is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Hotline. I didn’t come […]

A Conversation with CALT Fellow Pierceton Hobbs

Pierceton Hobbs is a SWVA musician and recipient of the Greater Bristol Folk Arts & Culture Team’s Central Appalachia Living Traditions (CALT) Tradition Bearer Fellowship in 2022-23. This fellowship provides financial support, professional […]

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Karma Chameleon: The Ever-Changing Muse of “In the Pines”

On the heels of BCM's announcement of the inaugural In the Pines concert experience, this blog explores fun facts about the song that inspired it.

International Guitar Month Part 2: Jimmie Rodgers’ Oscar Schmidt Guitar

By Ed Hagen,  volunteer gallery assistant and guest blogger at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia celebrates Bristol’s rich musical heritage […]

International Guitar Month Part 1: Guitars of the Carter Family

By Ed Hagen,  volunteer gallery assistant and guest blogger at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia celebrates Bristol’s rich musical heritage […]

Meet the women behind the Birthplace of Country Music

Last month was Women’s History Month, and instead of looking backward, we chose to look forward and celebrate some of the amazing women who are leading the way, making a […]

The Importance of Intergenerational Learning

By KT Vandyke. KT is a musician, songwriter and luthier who owns and operates Frog Level Guitar Shop located in Bristol, Virginia. KT is also a recipient of the Greater […]

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Pick 5: Songs to Celebrate International Women’s Day

From Dolly Parton to Taylor Swift, guest blogger Andrea Price shares 5 songs that celebrate women.

Letterpress and The Cardboard History of Blue Ridge Music

Guest blogger David Winship explores the history of this vintage form of advertising and King University's Sign of the George Press.

From the Vault: Posters

A peak inside the collection of poster artwork from past music events and festivals at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

What makes an instrument iconic? The Story of Duane Allman’s 1961

February 11th is National Guitar Day! Learn more about Duane Allman's iconic 1961 Gibson Les Paul guitar by guest blogger, author and historian Bob Beatty.