January Events at the Museum - The Birthplace of Country Music
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January Events at the Museum

Bristol, Va./Tenn. (December 27, 2019) – January is the final month to see American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart on display at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Organized by the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, American Ballads is filled with stunning and personal photographs taken by Grammy Award-winning country music star Marty Stuart. Ranging from intimate behind-the-scenes depictions of legendary musicians, to images of eccentric characters from the back roads of America, to dignified portraits of members of the Lakota tribe in South Dakota, Stuart’s work is simply captivating. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this wonderful exhibit before it closes at the end of January.

As part of the museum’s companion programming to American Ballads, there will be a screening of the award-winning documentary film Rising Voices / Hothaninpi: Revitalizing the Lakota Language in the Performance Theater at the museum on Thursday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. EST. The screening is free and open to the public. This moving documentary tells the story of the Lakota tribe’s fight to keep their native language safe from extinction and includes four short films by Lakota filmmakers made especially to complement the story. 

Australia’s own ARIA Award-winning roots artist CW Stoneking and the Vaden Landers Band, a classic country-folk group from Northeast Tennessee, will guest star on Radio Bristol’s Farm and Fun Time variety show on Thursday, January 9 at 7:00 p.m. EST, live from the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Tickets to be part of the studio audience for this fun and entertaining program are $30, on sale now at ListenRadioBristol.org

Monthly Community Jam sessions are back in 2020, starting January 18. Jams are free for musicians of all ages and skill levels and held the fourth Saturday of each month from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the museum’s Learning Center. January’s jam will be led by multi-instrumentalist and former Pick Along Summer Camp student MacKenzie Henley, making it a great opportunity for youth musicians – and the young at heart – to come out and jam together! And speaking of Pick Along Summer Camp, registration is now open! Visit the Events page at BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org to find registration information.

Tune in or stream WBCM Radio Bristol on Thursday, January 23 at 11:00 a.m. EST as the Radio Bristol Book Club discusses Karida L. Brown’s Gone Home: Race and Roots through Appalachia. Through fascinating oral histories, the book finally gives voice to the black Appalachian perspective on recent changes in politics and policy and much, much more. Listeners in the Bristol area may tune in to 100.1 FM; the station can also be accessed online at ListenRadioBristol.org, or through a free mobile app.

On February 1 at 1:00 p.m. EST the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will host a qualifying competition for the 2nd annual Tennessee Songwriters Week February 23-29. The top 20 songwriters who submitted music for the round will be judged by a panel that day to decide who will go on to perform during one of the six Tennessee Songwriters Week showcases. Finalists from the showcases get the opportunity to share their original songs on the historic stage at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. The deadline for entry in the qualifying competition held at the museum is December 31, 2019. For more information about Tennessee Songwriters Week visit tnvacation.com/songwriters-week. Tickets to the qualifying round at the museum are $15 and available through the Events page atBirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org.

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