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Radio Bristol Book Club

Tune in to WBCM Radio Bristol as our Book Club explores Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson.

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EST

Location: Tune in to WBCM Radio Bristol

Readers from Birthplace of Country Music Museum and the Bristol Public Library are coming together to explore books inspired by our region with this monthly program that airs on WBCM Radio Bristol. 

Hosted by Bristol Public Library Executive Director Tonia Kestner and Birthplace of Country Music Museum Head Curator Dr. René Rodgers, the Radio Bristol Book Club airs monthly every 4th Thursday.

Book discussions will dig deep into the feelings and questions raised by each selection, learn more about the authors, and celebrate the joys of being a bookworm!

Anyone can be a member of the Radio Bristol Book Club. Check out the selection at your local library and read the book prior to show, and participate in discussion by sending your questions and comments via email to info@birthplaceofcountrymusic.org with the subject line “Radio Bristol Book Club Discussion.”

Listeners may tune in to Radio Bristol at 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, online at ListenRadioBristol.org, or download the free Radio Bristol mobile app.

As the Dead Sit Talking

Set in rural Oklahoma during the late 1980s, Where the Dead Sit Talking is a startling, authentically voiced and lyrically written Native American coming-of-age story.

With his single mother in jail, Sequoyah, a fifteen-year-old Cherokee boy, is placed in foster care with the Troutt family. Literally and figuratively scarred by his mother’s years of substance abuse, Sequoyah keeps mostly to himself, living with his emotions pressed deep below the surface. At least until he meets seventeen-year-old Rosemary, another youth staying with the Troutts.

Sequoyah and Rosemary bond over their shared Native American background and tumultuous paths through the foster care system, but as Sequoyah’s feelings toward Rosemary deepen, the precariousness of their lives and the scars of their pasts threaten to undo them both.

Finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction
Finalist for the 2019 SFC Literary Prize
Longlisted for the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award
Longlisted for the 2019 Aspen Words Literary Prize
NPR’s Code Switch Best Books of 2018
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018
A Southern Living Best Book of 2018
2018 Reading the West Book Award Winner for Fiction
2019 In the Margins Book Award Top Fiction Novel

About the Author

Brandon Hobson is the author of four novels. His novel, Where the Dead Sit Talking, was a National Book Award finalist. He earned a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University and teaches creative writing at New Mexico State University and at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

The Carter Family: Lives and Legacies

The Carter Family: Lives and Legacies

“The Carter Family: Lives and Legacies” which opened in September 2014 and ran until March 2015, was our first special exhibit. This exhibit explored the original Carter Family and their time on Border Radio in Mexico, the golden years of Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry, the Carter Family legacy and the musical tradition carried on by the grandchildren, nieces and nephews of A. P., Sara and Maybelle.


It was filled with the voices of Carter family members reflecting and interpreting the Carter legacy through their own words and focused on artifacts they selected themselves.


We worked closely with grandchildren of the original Carter Family to create a very personal story in order to give the audience a perspective they might not have seen in other exhibits. The grandchildren acted as guest curators, sharing family heirlooms with interesting stories and history – such as A.P. Carter’s Martin guitar from his days on Border Radio, one of Mother Maybelle’s stage dresses, and June Carter Cash’s Grammy award – along with memories and anecdotes about life in this musical family. A visitor favorite was the display with Mother Maybelle’s hunting and fishing license, along with photographs of Maybelle bowling and fishing. This was supplemented with a video piece featuring Carlene Carter sharing memories of her grandmother Maybelle, made especially for this exhibit. Another popular element of the exhibit was the mini Carter Fold, fitted out with old bus seats and a video of music and dancing from the Fold.

The personal touches and strong partnerships formed with Carter family members and local supporters made this exhibit a real success, both for our visitors and the museum itself. This exhibit won an Award of Excellence for Special Exhibits at the 2015 Tennessee Association of Museums conference.

New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music

New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music

In 2015, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum featured a Smithsonian exhibit called New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music.

About the Exhibit

New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music explores the rich traditions in American music.

Music is all around us – at a local festival, at a dance hall on a Saturday night, or on your radio or MP3 player. Whether you’re listening to blues, zydeco, folk, tejano, or gospel, American roots music reveals our collective American story. Americans from a variety of backgrounds shared cultural influences, and as a result, musical sounds, instruments, and styles also merged in unique and unexpected ways.

Through a series of photographs and text panels, recordings, instruments, lyrics, and artist profiles, “New Harmonies” celebrates the variety of American roots music and illustrates the diversity of musical traditions and practices in the United States from bluegrass and blues to klezmer and Native American sacred music. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum strives to explore the interconnectedness of American music and this exhibit – with its core panels and added interactive components – helps the visitor to understand those connections.

“New Harmonies” was once part of Museums on Main Street and served as one of the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibits; the Smithsonian gave it to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in January 2015.

Special Exhibit

New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music

Explore the rich traditions in American music through “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music,” a special exhibit running until October 11, 2015.

Music is all around us – at a local festival, at a dance hall on a Saturday night, or on your radio or MP3 player. Whether you’re listening to blues, zydeco, folk, tejano, or gospel, American roots music reveals our collective American story. Americans from a variety of backgrounds shared cultural influences, and as a result, musical sounds, instruments, and styles also merged in unique and unexpected ways.

Through a series of photographs and text panels, recordings, instruments, lyrics, and artist profiles, “New Harmonies” celebrates the variety of American roots music and illustrates the diversity of musical traditions and practices in the United States from bluegrass and blues to klezmer and Native American sacred music. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum strives to explore the interconnectedness of American music and this exhibit – with its core panels and added interactive components – helps the visitor to understand those connections.

“New Harmonies” was once part of Museums on Main Street and served as one of the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibits; the Smithsonian gave it to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in January 2015.

Run dates: March 17—September 30, 2015
Hours: Monday: Closed; Tuesday—Saturday: 10am—6pm; Sunday: 1—5pm
Ticket prices: Included in the price of museum admission

WBCM Radio Bristol – Launch Event & Concert

The day is HERE!   WBCM Radio Bristol goes on-air with the official launch of the new WBCM LP on 100.1 FM, and streaming worldwide on a new WBCM Radio Bristol mobile app and website. Two more programming channels, Radio Bristol Classic and Radio Bristol Americana, will also stream live.

Join in the celebration by attending a special live radio show in the performance theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

At 4:00 p.m., enjoy special station tours and see behind the scenes of the station.  This is open to the public and free to attend.

At 5:00 p.m., join us for a special concert to launch WBCM Radio Bristol.

The concert will include a live radio show that will last 75 minutes.  Please be in your seats no later than 4:50 p.m.  Performances include Folk Soul Revival, Ed Snodderly and Corbin Hayslett.

Please note, the concert is currently SOLD OUT; however, we have added several new tickets to enjoy live streaming of the show in the Museum Atrium and the Reception. To print off your ticket for the Live Streaming and Reception, please click here. The event is free to the public but tickets must be reserved online due to limited space. Following the show, join us for a reception to celebrate the launch of the station.  Enjoy sliders from The Burger Bar and tastings by Sugarlands Distilling Company.

For more details on the event, please contact Tony Lawson at 423-573-1927.

Ongoing Exhibits

enjoy an online tour of our museum with a collection of new behind-the-scenes videos!

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Through beautiful theater experiences, interactive displays, and text and artifacts the Birthplace of Country Music Museum shares the story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings, explores how evolving sound technology shaped their success, and highlights how this rich musical heritage lives on in today’s music. It’s an immersive, interactive museum with amazing sights and sounds!

Panels focus on topics such as the development of the modern recording industry and the artists who recorded at the Bristol Sessions, including Ernest V. Stoneman, Alfred G. Karnes, El Watson, The Carter Family, and Jimmie Rodgers. The Bristol Sessions were the first recordings of The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, and they quickly became stars in the emerging “hillbilly” music industry. A timeline of audio technology introduces you to the different ways to produce and listen to music, and the Variety & Voice gallery highlights the history and beauty of the iconic instruments that have created the recognizable sounds of country music.

Visiting the core exhibits at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is not a passive experience – we want you to explore the music through a variety of interactive and immersive experiences. Sound surrounds you throughout your visit. You can delve into local history to set the scene for the Bristol Sessions story, and explore the sounds of the Sessions through clips of all of the songs issued by Victor Records from the Bristol recordings. In other parts of the gallery, you can listen to the ways later musicians from Lead Belly to Nirvana have arranged some of these classic songs, give those tunes new sounds at the mixing stations, and belt out a song with family, friends and fellow visitors at the sing-along station!

You can also engage in multiple film and theater experiences, beginning with the Orientation Theater film “Bound to Bristol.” In the Greasy Strings Theater, we explore the philosophy and techniques behind the playing of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings. You can take a pew in our small chapel to hear local gospel groups speak and sing about how faith has shaped music and our connection to it. The Immersion Theater makes you part of “the unbroken circle” – and gives you space to dance! Several shorter films explore oral histories of participants in the 1927 Bristol Sessions, the career of Tennessee Ernie Ford, and the impact of this music on TV and film.

The museum’s permanent exhibits won four awards at the 2015 Tennessee Association of Museums conference: Award of Excellence for Permanent Exhibits, Award of Excellence for A/V – Mixing Station, Award of Commendation for Chapel Film, and the Past President’s Award of Excellence.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Album Debut Concert

WBCM Radio Bristol is proud to welcome Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out on Friday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m. to debut their new album, Its About Tyme, in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. This special event is part of the Radio Bristol Sessions series.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Show begins at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: $20.00

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out are a bluegrass band, and band members include:

Russell Moore-Vocals/Guitar
Wayne Benson-Vocals/Mandolin
Justen Haynes-Vocals/Fiddle
Keith McKinnon-Vocals/Banjo
Blake Johnson-Vocals/Bass

While many bands have come and gone since that May in 1991, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have endured. In the process, they’ve managed to climb to the top not just once, but twice—winning a slew of IBMA vocal awards, including two Male Vocalist of the Year honors, in the mid and late 1990s, then persevering through rough times to see Moore recapturing the Male Vocalist trophy for the past three years. Along the way, they’ve made a whole new generation of fans, and with the release of Timeless Hits From The Past…BLUEGRASSED by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, the quintet are poised to deliver their distinctive kind of music more widely than ever.

For a full bio, visit: http://iiirdtymeout.com/

Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/1UjAMaW

BlueGrass Jam Camp

Closet pickers, this is for you!

Did you know there’s an etiquette to jumping into a bluegrass jam? Want to know how to find melodies and fake solos? That’s what the Wernick Method is all about, and we can teach you this year at Jam Camp! If you play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, or dobro, you got this!

Jam Camp will be held at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, located at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA!

Dates & Times

Tuesday – Friday, September 15-18
1-6pm Tues.
10am-6pm Wed. – Fri.

COST

Tuition $249 includes lunch & complimentary Friday festival pass.
$120 deposit holds your spot!

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Moon Bound Girl Wine & Design (Adult) – Cancelled

What makes your hair stand on end? What gives you butterflies? Is it art? Music? Sewing? Sports?

The timeless dreamer, Moon Bound Girl, shoots for the moon and encourages everyone to follow their true passion. Create your own Moon Bound Girl self-portrait with artist Leigh Ann Agee while enjoying a glass of wine.

The event will be held at Believe in Bristol, 36 Moore Street, Bristol, VA. Wine will be available for purchase. Reservations are available for purchase at $45 and includes materials.

Please note that this event has been cancelled.  If you purchased tickets prior to the event, please email info@BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org for a refund.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Kick Off Concert with The Black Lillies

Radio Bristol Sessions is proud to present the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Kick-Off Concert featuring The Black Lillies

Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Tickets are $25.00 and limited tickets available.

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Band Bio

The Black Lillies are a band for the ages, not the slick, soulless music that seems to get most of the radio airplay, but rich, rootsy tunes performed with as much heart as technical virtuosity. This commitment to authenticity has earned them accolades from outlets as diverse as Rolling Stone Magazine, who calls them one of

“the most buzzworthy new acts in country and Americana,” and the Wall Street Journal, who praised their “rootsy flair … a winsome hybrid traditional enough to appeal to an Opry crowd and expansive enough to ensnare a broader audience.”

The band’s fourth studio album Hard to Please, which has been called their “rallying cry” by Rolling Stone, will be released via Thirty Tigers on October 2. Their previous album, Runaway Freeway Blues, conquered the Billboard Top 200 country charts and dominated Americana radio, spending three months in the top 5 on the radio charts and claiming the #18 spot on the Americana Music Association’s Top 100 Albums of 2013 (based on radio airplay). It was selected for dozens of Best of 2013 lists and caught the attention of NPR, CMT, Vanity Fair, American Songwriter, Guitar World, Garden & Gun and more for what Entertainment Weekly calls “strong roots-folk songwriting, sweet harmonies, and charismatic indie spirit.”

The Black Lillies have enthralled audiences at festivals ranging from Bonnaroo and South by Southwest to CMA Fan Fair and Stagecoach, won two Independent Music Awards, and played the Grand Ole Opry more than any other independent band. The music is breakneck, brazen and beautiful; gentle Laurel Canyon folk, sultry Muscle Shoals soul, the honky-tonk heartache of classic country, winding jams and flat-out rock’n’roll … but full of the spirit of the open road, heading down the highway and not about to stop anytime soon!