Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and tells the story of the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions, a historic event that sparked what is now known as the “big bang of country music.” These recordings continue to influence and inspire the music of today.
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is an annual music festival that takes place in downtown Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia on the second weekend in September. The three-day festival features a diversity of performers in recognition of the fact that the 1927 Bristol Sessions influenced many genres of music in America, and that the roots established in Bristol have grown deep and spread wide. Each year, the Festival hosts over 100 bands on 13 stages in Downtown Bristol.
Broadcasting from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Radio Bristol brings you the very best in vintage and modern roots music, with original and syndicated programming that airs on the dial and online 24/7.
More to Explore
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, all in one convenient location.
Why is Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia known as the birthplace of country music? On October 12, 1998, the U.S. Congress designated Bristol as the “birthplace of country music”–click here to learn more.
Latest Blog Posts
The Root of It: George Jackson on Ed Haley
December 3, 2021
A Big Festival ‘Thank You!’: Gratitude Playlist Included!
November 24, 2021
Radio Bristol Spotlight: Ed Snodderly
November 16, 2021
Radio Bristol Book Club: Hear My Sad Story: The True Tales That Inspired “Stagolee,” “John Henry,” and Other Traditional American Folk Songs
November 3, 2021
The Root of It: Brad Kolodner on Clyde Davenport
September 24, 2021
Radio Bristol Spotlight: Anya Hinkle
September 16, 2021
Radio Bristol Book Club: The Carter Family – Don’t Forget This Song
September 1, 2021
Tintype Photography: A Bridge from the Past to the Present
August 30, 2021
The Root of It: Nora Brown on Lee Sexton
August 27, 2021
From The Vault: The 1927 Sears, Roebuck Catalogue
August 18, 2021
Radio Bristol Spotlight: Shay Martin Lovette
August 11, 2021
Radio Bristol Book Club: Weaver’s Daughter
August 4, 2021
Radio Bristol Spotlight: Adam Bolt
July 9, 2021
Radio Bristol Book Club: Sharyn McCrumb’s Appalachia
July 1, 2021
Will the Circle Be Unbroken? A Personal Commentary on the Cycle of Various Changes in Country Music
June 30, 2021
June Carter Cash: A Life in Country Music
June 23, 2021