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Home of the 1927 Bristol Sessions

Located in Bristol, TN-VA, the nonprofit Birthplace of Country Music honors the legendary recordings, which introduced country music to the mainstream, through immersive experiences at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and WBCM Radio Bristol.


Birthplace of Country Music Museum

An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, our museum tells the story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions, the influential recordings that sparked the “big bang of country music," and continue to inspire the music of today.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Set in the heart of beautiful Historic Downtown Bristol, our festival is a grand celebration of our region's rich music culture, offering the very best in traditional and progressive roots music across many genres.

Radio Bristol

WBCM Radio Bristol

Broadcasting and streaming from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, WBCM Radio Bristol specializes in vintage and modern roots music, with global access to its original and syndicated programming 24/7.

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The Museum Store offers the finest in regionally sourced, handcrafted artisan items, music-themed gifts and décor, books, CDs, Bristol-centric souvenirs, and exclusive Birthplace of Country Music merchandise in-store and online.

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Why is Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia known as the birthplace of country music? On October 12, 1998, U.S. Congress designated Bristol as the “birthplace of country music.”

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