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BCM Hosts MOMH: Terry Baucum’s Dukes of Drive

The Birthplace of Country Music proudly hosts Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive as part of The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming!

One night, two shows! That’s right, you’ll have two opportunities to see the band on Monday, June 11, 2018; the first show is at 7:00 p.m. and the second performance is 9:00 p.m.

Monroe, North Carolina native Terry Baucom has enjoyed a career in music that started in 1970 with Charlie Moore and continued over the years as a founding member of ground breaking bands like Boone Creek (with Ricky Skaggs and Jerry Douglas), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out, and more. Winner of the 2013 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year for the single “What’ll I Do,” Baucom and his Dukes of Drive are a must-see.

Tickets to the event are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under, click here to purchase.

Mountains of Music Homecoming takes place June 8-16 at a number of concert venues along The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Music Heritage Trail. For a full roster of performances, click here.

ECU Makes $15K donation to Radio Bristol

Farm and Fun Time Program LogoThe Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) has announced that Eastman Credit Union (ECU) has invested in Radio Bristol’s Farm & Fun Time to increase the show’s live video streaming capabilities with a generous donation of $15,000. This commitment from ECU was vital in securing state of the art equipment that will ensure good video quality for streaming. ECU, a long-term community partner with Radio Bristol, became the title sponsor in August of 2016 by committing $100,000 over five years to the program.

Bill and the Belles

“The Farm & Fun Time show is doing a fantastic job of preserving our region’s rich music heritage in a way that also promotes economic growth. We’re anxious to see how live video streaming will enhance viewership and garner national and international interest,” said Olan O. Jones, CEO and President of Eastman Credit Union.

Tickets to be part of the studio audience for Farm and Fun Time events consistently sell out, as is true for the November and December editions of the program. With the help of ECU the shows will stream live from Radio Bristol’s Facebook page. November’s Farm and Fun Time featuring John McEuen and The Brother Boys live video stream received a total of 2,255 views so far; the video is still up on the page an available for viewing.

“Community partnerships are essential to the success of our organization. They help us deliver quality programming of which our region can be proud,” said Leah Ross, BCM Executive Director. “We are very grateful to Eastman Credit Union for their continued support of the Birthplace of Country Music.”

“Eastman Credit Union’s generosity and vision has been vital in making Farm & Fun Time a success,” said Radio Bristol Producer and program host Kris Truelsen.”Radio Bristol is very excited for the new capabilities we we will have to bring this incredible show to a larger audience. We look forward to Farm & Fun Time becoming a nationally recognized program largely due to the support of Eastman Credit Union.”

The Farm and Fun Time Christmas Ball with special guests The Secret Sisters and Jill Andrews takes place on Saturday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. and will stream live video on Radio Bristol’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/WBCMRadioBristol.

Radio Bristol’s Farm and Fun Time is a revival of the former WCYB radio program which aired from downtown Bristol in the 1940s and 1950s. Farm and Fun Time features a variety of segments including jingles written
and performed by house band Bill and the Belles, a farm feport, an heirloom recipe segment, and nationally touring artists.

Tickets to be part of the studio audience for the January and February Farm and Fun Time events are on sale now at BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org/events. Special guests Flatt Lonesome and Uncle Shuffelo & His Haint Hollow Hootenanny will appear on Farm and Fun Time January 11, 2018. Willie Watson and Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer will join the show’s lineup February 8, 2018.

Radio Bristol’s Farm and Fun Time radio show is recorded before a live audience and is broadcast live as well as via webcast. Radio Bristol can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, online at ListenRadioBristol.org, and through the station’s free mobile app.

For more information on concerts and programming, click here.

AAME Public Speaker Series at the Museum Starts Nov. 7

An Evening of Song and Story with Jack Beck, Wendy Welch Kicks Off Series

The Arts Alliance Mountain Empire (AAME) Public Speaker Series, in cooperation with the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, will host two events coming to the museum in November and December. The first in the series, An Evening of Song and Story with Jack Beck and Wendy Welch, takes place on Tuesday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Performance Theater at the museum.

Scots balladeer Jack Beck (a native of Dunfermline in Scotland) is an honorary life member of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland and was external examiner in Scots Song for the Degree programme in Scots Music Performance at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow.

Wendy Beck is a storyteller who founded the American Folklore Society’s Storytelling Section and was the former branch secretary of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland. Her best-selling memoir The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book is now in its fourth printing.

A recent venture for Jack and Wendy is an “infotainment” called “Stranger in This Country” in which Jack and Wendy examine Scots and American versions of the same songs and ballads. This has been performed both in Scotland—twice at the Celtic Connections Festival—and in the United States from South Carolina to New York and all points in between.

The second event in the series—featuring excerpts from The Book of Mamaw by Eugene Wolf—will take place on Tuesday, December 5. Eugene Wolf has been performing since he was two years old, when he won his first talent contest at the Capitol Theatre in Greeneville, Tennessee. Wolf studied music and theater at the University of Tennessee and worked for The Road Company, a professional acting ensemble in Johnson City, Tennessee, which was the first group of American artists to visit Bashkiria, Russia in 1994.

Many will recognize Wolf as one half of The Brother Boys, a critically acclaimed duo he and Ed Snodderly formed over 30 years ago. The Brother Boys are featured on the album On Top of Old Smoky: New Old-time Smoky Mountain Music alongside Dolly Parton. On November 9 at 7:00 p.m. the duo will perform on the bill with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder John McEuen to a sold-out crowd at Radio Bristol’s Farm and Fun Time live variety show. Listeners may tune into the program on 100.1 FM in the Bristol area or stream the event live online at ListenRadioBristol.org or through Radio Bristol’s free mobile app.

For two decades Wolf has been a member of the Acting Company of Barter Theatre where he originated the role of A. P. Carter in the play Keep On the Sunny Side. In 2013 he traveled again to Russia to collaborate with Russian musicians on American spirituals and recorded a CD, Where We’ll Never Grow Old. Wolf has adapted his years of songs, photographs, and musings into a heartfelt, hilarious, one-man show paying homage to the person who has influenced his life the most, his Mamaw.

The public speaker series events at the museum on November 7 and December 5 are free and open to the public; doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information on the Arts Alliance Mountain Empire Public Speaker Series visit aamearts.org. For more information about events coming up at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, click here.

RTE. 23 Brings Halloween Bash to Wise Oct. 28


Presented by the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM), the RTE. 23 Music Festival will bring out the haints and hollers for a big Halloween Bash on October 28 at The Inn at Wise in Wise, Virginia!

East Tennessee’s own Circus No. 9, one of our region’s finest progressive acoustic acts, is slated to perform at the event. A costume contest will be part of the night’s festivities. Prizes will be awarded for best costume!

“This is our first Halloween-themed event,” said Leah Ross, Executive Director of BCM, the parent organization of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and Radio Bristol. “Our music committee team members who reside in Wise created the RTE. 23 Music Festival as part of our outreach to that community. They continue to take it a step further with a Listening Room concert series and the Halloween Bash. They’re building a nice music scene up there in Wise!”

Fresh from stellar performances at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Circus No. 9 showcased at this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association Conference and has performed alongside David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Larry Keel, and more.

With influences of bluegrass, jazz, and rock, individual band members of Circus No. 9 are award-winning musicians. Matthew Davis is a 2016 National Banjo Champion and a 2017 Rockygrass Banjo Champion. Thomas Cassell is a 2016 Rockygrass Mandolin Champion. Combined with the talents of guitarists Vince Ilagan and Jed Clark, Circus No. 9 is taking the new acoustic scene by force in venues across the United States.

Advance tickets to the RTE. 23 Halloween Bash are $10 in advance and $15 day of show. For more information click here.


Grammy Award-Winning Artist Mike Farris at BCM Museum Sept. 7

The Birthplace of Country Music is proud to present the return of Grammy Award-winning artist and powerhouse vocalist Mike Farris to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum for an intimate Friends of 1927 Concert experience on September 7.

“Mike Farris is an unforgettable performer,” said Leah Ross, Executive Director of the Birthplace of Country Music. “This is the second Friends of 1927 Concert he will have done, and the last sold out. I urge everyone interested in attending to order their tickets. There’s nothing like seeing him in an intimate setting.”

Among the greatest voices of our time, Mike Farris was the first artist to receive a Grammy Award for Best Roots Gospel Album for his release Shine for All the People in 2015. Mike’s spirited, soul-gospel fusion and goosebump-inducing live performances are evocative, spiritual, and thoroughly entertaining. Among his accomplishments, Farris achieved an Americana Music Award for New/Emerging Artist in 2008, followed by a Dove Award in 2010. His live performances at Bonnarro, SXSW, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion drew rave reviews. Revered artists like Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin, and Marty Stuart have been struck by his incomparable voice. He was also among those invited to honor Aretha Franklin at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 16th Annual American Music Masters Concert, a true testament to his immense gifts.

Friends of 1927 Concerts are intimate performances where fans have the opportunity to interact with artists in a relaxed setting. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are included in the ticket price. Concert doors open for cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now to the public for $80 per person, Bristol, Virginia admission tax and fees included.


BCM Celebrates the 90th Anniversary of the 1927 Bristol Sessions

90th Anniversary of the Bristol SessionsThis summer the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) celebrates the 90th anniversary of the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings with an exciting series of panels, performances, premieres, and promotions showcasing the deep impact of the Sessions. Kicking off on July 15 with a symposium featuring Ralph Peer II, Barry Mazor, and the producers of the PBS documentary American Epic, the celebration continues through the award-winning Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival September 15—17, 2017.

“Ours is a story that isn’t often told, yet the events that happened in Bristol in 1927 revolutionized the country music industry,” said Leah Ross, Executive Director of BCM. “This celebration honors the legacy of the Bristol Sessions and its lasting impact on the soundtrack of our lives. We urge everyone who loves music to explore this important history in Bristol and take part in the events during the 90th anniversary.”

Arguably the most influential country music recordings in history, the 1927 Bristol Sessions were produced by Ralph Peer of the Victor Talking Machine Company and included the first recordings of the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, among others. The 1927 Bristol Sessions ushered in a new era for the commerical music industry due to their commercial success and the state-of-the-art technology used to record them.

A quick overview of the 90th anniversary offerings are below. To view a full list of activities and to purchase tickets, visit 1927BristolSessions.org.


90th Anniversary Symposium with Ralph Peer II
Saturday, July 15: 2:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m. ET

The 90th Anniversary Symposium will delve into the technology, impact, and legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions. Following a screening of portions of the PBS documentary American Epic and discussion with producers Allison McGourty and Bernard MacMahon, esteemed music journalist and author Barry Mazor (Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music, Meeting Jimmie Rodgers: How America’s Original Roots Music Hero Changed the Pop Sounds of a Century) will explore the impact of the Bristol Sessions. Ralph Peer II, CEO of peermusic, and his wife Liz Peer will provide the keynote.

90th Anniversary Promotional Admission
Museum admission is only 90 cents July 25-30, 2017

In honor of the 90th anniversary, patrons can visit the Birthplace of Country Music Museum to explore the history and music of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and experience the amazing impact of those recordings with a special admission price of only 90 cents from July 25 to July 30!

Friends of 1927 Concert
Saturday, July 29, 2017: 6:30 p.m. ET

This intimate concert experience features the respected talents of musician and Grammy Award-winnng producer Carl Jackson, Kentucky Music Hall of Fame inductee Larry Cordle, and SESAC Country Music Songwriter of the Year Jerry Salley. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are included.

Born in Bristol Film Premiere
Public screening dates: August 4—6, 2017

In 1927 musicians came from all over the region to make music in Bristol; they ended up making history. Don’t miss the highly-anticipated premiere of Born in Bristol, a film highlighting this history and featuring some of country music’s most respected artists, including Dolly Parton, Eric Church, Marty Stuart, Vince Gill, and many more. Public screenings will take place at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, and the film is included with a museum admission ticket.

90th Anniversary Promotional Admission
Museum admission is only 90 cents July 25-30, 2017

In honor of the 90th anniversary, patrons can visit the Birthplace of Country Music Museum to explore the history and music of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and experience the amazing impact of those recordings with a special admission price of only 90 cents from July 25 to July 30!

Bristol Rhythm Tribute to the 90th
September 15-17, 2017

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion will pay tribute to the 90th anniversary of the 1927 Bristol Sessions with a once-in-a-lifetime special showcase featuring an array of festival artists yet to be announced. The tribute will take place on the final day of the festival. Weekend passes to Bristol Rhythm are on sale now; headlining talent at this year’s event includes Dwight Yoakam, Judah and the Lion, Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester, Son Volt, Rodney Crowell, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and many, many more. Visit BristolRhythm.com for the complete lineup and to purchase tickets.


BCM Marketers Achieve TMP Certification

Kim Davis and Charlene Tipton Baker

Congratulations to BCM Marketing Director Kim Davis and Charlene Tipton Baker, our Marketing Specialist in Communications, on achieving their Tourism Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) upon graduation from STS Marketing College.

STS is dedicated to improving the economic vitality of the Southeast by uniting all segments of the travel and tourism industry, promoting tourism within their member states, fostering cooperation, sharing resources, and providing continuing education.

For one week each year, STS Marketing College hosts tourism professionals at the University of North Georgia where students participate in a curriculum of courses designed to teach marketing techniques from all facets of the tourism industry. STS Marketing College is a 3-year program.

Nominate Bristol to Receive Park Grant with #Parkies

April is Earth Month and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney/ABC Television Group, and ESPN, to revitalize parks across the U.S. for a third year. The city that receives the most nominations will receive a $20,000 grant to improve a local park.

Local parks make Bristol a better place to live and are essential to our city’s health and wellbeing. They provide safe places to be active and enjoy nature; they also help preserve the environment and bring people together. That is why from April 1 to April 30 Bristol, Tennessee residents will have the opportunity to nominate our city to receive $20,000 in grant funding to make improvements at a local park.

By visiting NRPA.org/BeInspired, park supporters can nominate our city. At the end of April, the city with the most nominations will receive the grant funding. New this year, everyone who nominates a city will be entered into a drawing for a tablet outfitted for the outdoors.

“We are so eager to get the word out that Bristol is in the running for this grant. We have so many people who visit our parks each year and feel so strongly about them that I believe they will actively participate in the program,” said Terry Napier, Director of Parks and Recreation for Bristol, Tennessee.

NRPA Director of Conservation, Lori Robertson said, “Supporting local parks is essential to the health and vitality of communities everywhere. That’s why we are proud to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company to help fund critical park improvement projects for communities in need. We encourage everyone to join us in giving back to the places that shape so much of our lives by voting in this year’s Meet Me at the Park campaign.”

This Earth Month, Bristol can show what parks mean to our community by nominating our great city. Encourage your friends and family to nominate our city by taking a selfie in your favorite park and using the hashtags #MeetMeAtThePark, #Parkies, and #BeInspired on social posts.

For more information, and to nominate your city, visit NRPA.org/BeInspired

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AAME Speaker Series “Banjo Romantika” at the Museum


The Arts Alliance Mountain Empire has partnered with the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and the William King Museum of Art to present its 2016-2017 Speaker Series. Five speakers will present six talks around the common theme: “Art in Appalachia, Appalachia in the World.” A number of events will be held over the course of the series including a film screening of “Banjo Romantika: American Bluegrass Music & The Czech Imagination” at the museum on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Filmmaker and ETSU professor Shara Lange will lead the discussion of the documentary “Banjo Romantika” which broadcast on PBS across 40 states in the country. Czechs first heard bluegrass during World War II when the Armed Forces Network broadcast American music for soldiers. The music represented freedom to dissatisfied Czechs living in a communist state. Inspired by classic American bluegrass sounds, an assortment of musicians from across the formerly communist Czech Republic have melded the past, the political, and the present into lively musical tradition entirely its own.

Click here to view the entire listing of AAME’s Speaker Series events.