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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.

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.

Radio Bristol

Radio 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.

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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.

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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.

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