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Instrument Interview: The Frying Guitar

By Erika Barker, Curatorial Manager “Instrument Interview” blog posts are a chance to sit down with an instrument and learn more about it! From the different types of instruments played […]

The Stories of I’ve Endured: Women in Old-Time Music, Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard

In the BCM Blog, a re-post of the story in the May 2023 edition of Voice Magazine for Women. Link to full issue included.

A group of teachers visit the museum during an in-service workshop. In the foreground, a white male teacher with dark hair, glasses, an da blue plaid shirt looks at a guitar in the display case.
Thank You, Teachers!

Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as National Teacher Day. The National Education Association notes that this is “a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they […]

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Why High School Students Should Totally Come to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

This edition of the BCM Blog is contributed by Coleman Austin, our marketing intern and senior from Virginia High School. He’s been attending the festival with his friends since he […]

Black-and-white photograph of white male musician on stage -- he is playing a guitar and singing into a mic. He has dark curly-ish hair, and wears sunglasses and a spotted/patterned shirt.
Radio Bristol Spotlight: Logan Fritz

Radio Bristol is proud to offer a platform to local and regional artists, artists who are often underrepresented on a national level yet deserving of that audience. In expanding upon […]

Close up of the sound hole of the guitar, showing a handwritten label inside to Jimmie Rodgers from C. F. Martin where he calls Jimmie "America's Blue Yodeler."
Instrumental History: Inspired by Jimmie Rodgers Martin 000-45 Guitar

Did you know that last year the Birthplace of Country Music Museum took in on loan one of the most important guitars in American music history – Jimmie Rodgers’ 1928 […]

Radio Bristol’s Top Albums of 2022

As 2022 comes to a close, it becomes a time for reflection – and so Radio Bristol would like to take the opportunity to look back at some of the […]

Eric Childress, Tracey Childress, Charlene Baker, and Tim Baker posing in front of the stage at Atlanta's Bobby Dodd stadium prior to St. Paul & the Broken Bones' opening performance for The Rolling Stones. Charlene is wearing a St. Paul & the Broken Bones t-shirt.
All I want for Christmas is a great music experience and the t-shirt: Bristol Rhythm Christmas Party Playlist included

Wearing your favorite band's t-shirt to their show is definitely cool. Support your local music scene!

String band posed in front of a false backdrop. Three white musicians stand at the back: a ukulele player and two fiddle players, one of which is a woman. Three musicians sit at the front: two banjo players and a guitar player.
From the Vault: National Fiddle Day

While December 13 – today – is National Violin Day, here at the Birthplace of Country Music, we celebrate it as National Fiddle Day! The violin or fiddle is believed […]

A man with grey hair stands against a dark background. He is wearing all black and holds an acoustic guitar.
The World of Marty Stuart: Country Music’s Legacy in Mississippi

Today we welcome guest writer Miriam Meeks to the BCM Blog as she shares stories and objects from a wonderful special exhibit currently on display at the Mississippi Department of […]

Radio Bristol Book Club: The Star Fisher

Welcome to Radio Bristol Book Club where readers from BCM and the Bristol Public Library come together each month to celebrate and explore books inspired by our region’s rich Appalachian cultural and musical heritage! […]

Two black musicians on stage. The man is to the left and is playing keyboards; he is wearing mustard-colored pants, a black short-sleeved shirt, and an orange beanie. He has a beard. The woman is to the right and she is singing into a mic. She is wearing a black belted and thin-strapped dress with fringe along the top of the bodice; she has gold hoop earrings on and has a purple tambourine over one arm. Her hair is shoulder-length.
Rx for the Soul: A Bristol Rhythm Thanksgiving Playlist

Transmitting cosmic gratitude and positive energy through the transformative power of music this holiday season.