Speaker Sessions: Lonnie Salyer on Record Collecting - The Birthplace of Country Music
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Speaker Sessions: Lonnie Salyer on Record Collecting

July 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Photo of "Big Lon" holding up two 45 rpm records.

Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

Location: Birthplace of Country Music Museum (in-person); YouTube (virtual)

Cost: Free and open to the public


Join us on Tuesday, July 9, 7:00 p.m. as we host Lonnie Salyer (Big Lon) on “After The Big Bang: A Record Collector’s Discovery of Local Independent Record Labels” for our next Speaker Sessions! Big Lon will share his journey from novice record collector to local music historian, providing an overview of the independent recording studios, record labels, and artists of the Tri- Cities region. In this Speaker Session, Big Lon takes us behind the scenes of his collecting journey and radio show by sharing his digging experiences along with local vintage 78rpm and 45rpm records he’ll display and play for us.

Please note: For those attending virtually via YouTube, the live stream will originate on the Radio Bristol YouTube channel after 6:50pm EST.  If you load the channel page before 6:50pm, and the live stream does not automatically appear, please refresh the page after 6:50pm.

About Lonnie Salyer

Lonnie Salyer, aka Big Lon, is a local music historian who has combined his love of history and music to build a collection of rare, locally recorded 45rpm and 78rpm records. Lonnie hosts the
weekly show Diggin’ With Big Lon on WBCM Radio Bristol. He has appeared in articles, podcasts, blogs, and on TV shows related to regional music history. Occasionally you can catch Lon doing a live record-spinning DJ set at breweries and tap rooms throughout the region. You can follow Big Lon on Facebook at Big Lon’s Crateful Dig. This summer Big Lon will be hosting the 3rd Annual Big Lon’s Vinyl Record Expo for Kingsport Funfest.


July 9
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Birthplace of Country Music Museum
101 Country Music Way
Bristol, VA 24201 United States
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