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Bristol Rhythm’s 2nd annual Wernick Method Jam Camp is moving to new Birthplace of Country Music Museum!
September 17-19, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. daily
Tuition $249 includes lunch & complimentary festival pass.
$120 deposit holds your spot!
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!
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion’s Bluegrass Jam Camp, taught by Gilbert Nelson using the Wernick Method, happens Wednesday-Friday, leading up to the festival.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tourism and music industry representatives gathered today for a special press conference to officially announce the August 2 grand opening of The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, TN/VA and the creation of “Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited.” It was further announced that a national search is underway for a new band to perform the last track on the “Orthophonic Joy” recording project, produced by multi-Grammy Award-winner Carl Jackson.
Famed Opry host Eddie Stubbs emceed the event with special remarks and musical performances by country music celebrity Marty Stuart, as well as The Church Sisters, The Shotgun Rubies, The Chuck Wagon Gang and Carl Jackson. Commissioner Susan Whitaker, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Chris Canfield, Virginia Tourism Corporation, also brought remarks. The event was fittingly held at The Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum.
This Smithsonian Institution-affiliated Birthplace of Country Music Museum is dedicated to preserve the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their lasting influence on American popular music. Johnny Cash referred to the famous Sessions as “The single most important event in the history of country music.” Also known as the “Big Bang of Country Music,” the legendary recordings by Ralph Peer took country music to a new level and produced pioneers of the genre, such as Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family.
Set to be released in October, “Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited,” features entertainment legend Dolly Parton, as well as country music stars Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers and Ashley Monroe. The recording project includes 16 of the original songs from the Bristol Sessions.
The idea to recreate the Bristol Sessions had been discussed within the Birthplace of Country Music organization for years, but the serendipitous connection between board member John Rainero, veteran songwriter Rusty Morrell and producer Carl Jackson helped bring “Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited” to life.
“My dear friend Rusty Morrell approached me with the idea to produce a project honoring the original 1927 Bristol Sessions,” Jackson said. “He was very aware and fond of a couple of other multi-artist ‘tribute’ projects I had produced and felt I was the guy who could bring his vision to life. In my opinion, the importance of those ’27 recordings cannot be overstated, and I am truly honored that Rusty asked me to shine a new and loving light on some of those classic works.”
In the spirit of Ralph Peer, Jackson and the Birthplace of Country Music organization is launching a nationwide search for a new artist to record the final track on the album. Emerging and independent artists may submit ONE of the following selected Bristol Sessions songs: “The Storms Are On the Ocean,” “Darling Cora,” “Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow,” or “I Am Bound For The Promised Land.” Deadline to receive submissions is July 10. Four artists will be selected for Jackson and a panel of judges to review.
“The 1927 Bristol Sessions have often been honored for their impact on the world’s music,” said Leah Ross, executive director, Birthplace of Country Music. “With the opening of the Museum, the release of ‘Orthophonic Joy,’ and the nationwide search for new talent, BCM and the team of irreplaceable partners who are part of these endeavors are ensuring the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions lives on for generations to come.”
Today’s event was hosted by the Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol TN/VA Convention and Visitors Bureau, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, and Virginia Tourism Corporation.
For a complete list of contest rules and more information on the Birthplace of Country Music, visit www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org.
Bristol, TN/VA (June 5, 2014) – In addition to Jeff Tweedy, a number of great acts have been added to the 2014 roster. Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014 is proud to announce the following acts will join the growing alumni family this September:
Robbin Thompson: Following stints with the Tasmanians and Mercy Flight, Robbin was the lead singer in the Bruce Springsteen band Steel Mill. He has won the American Song Festival twice, and has recorded more than a dozen albums. Thompson, along with friend Steve Bassett, authored the song “Sweet Virginia Breeze,” which is considered by many to be the unofficial state song of Virginia. He has also written and recorded songs with Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit (who also sings harmonies on many of Robbin’s recordings). Thompson has shared the stage with many recording artists, including Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Bruce Springsteen, and Bruce Hornsby, to name just a few.
Honey Island Swamp Band: Great music begins with great songs, and great songs are what the Honey Island Swamp Band is all about. The band came together when members were marooned in San Francisco after the levee breaches following Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and a chance encounter with fellow New Orleans evacuees at John Lee Hooker’s Boom Boom Room on Fillmore Street. They knew each other from having all played together in some form or another in various New Orleans bands, and with the great unknown regarding their return to their underwater hometown looming in the distance, they decided to put together a band and get some gigs going. Fortunately, the Boom Boom Room’s owner Alex Andreas offered the band a weekly gig on the spot. Honey Island Swamp Band‘s music has been described as “Bayou Americana” with timeless songs highlighted by searing guitar, sure-handed mandolin, and 4-part vocal harmonies, all anchored by the powerful groove of a Louisiana stomp rhythm section.
Mandolin Orange: “Mandolin Orange carries an understanding of tradition and shape it into a thing of beauty. They craft simple songs that go beyond chord progressions and vocal harmonies, leading somehow toward something pure. Using acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin and a hand-me-down fiddle, Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz allure with a heart-worn sensibility. Last year’s Haste Make/ Hard Hearted Stranger combines bluegrass, rock and country for lullabies that swoon.”
- Ashleigh Phillips, Independent Weekly
Elliott BROOD: Elliott BROOD have always been time travellers. The Toronto trio writes songs steeped in history that feel very present. They’ve done their share of actual travelling, too, these musical troubadours, acoustic guitars and banjos slung over their sharp suits as they barnstormed across Canada and beyond. For the new album Days Into Years, it was century-old stories encountered an ocean away that brought them closest to home. The album was recorded with co-producer John Critchley at Green Door Studios in Toronto at Avening Town Hall (a former army barracks) in rural Ontario, the album showcases a more amped up Elliott BROOD that will put the knell to the “death country” tag that described their early work. Now, the roof-raising rhythm stomp and mandolin collides with luscious harmonies, piano and, for the first time, electric guitar in a mix is “loud, heavy and rock ‘n’ roll.”
Gregory Alan Isakov: Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and calling Colorado home, Gregory Alan Isakov has been traveling all his life. Songs that hone a masterful quality beyond his years tell a story of miles and landscapes, and the search for a sense of place. His song-craft lends to the deepest lyrical masterpieces, with hints of his influences, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen. He has been described as “strong, subtle, a lyrical genius.” Isakov has played numerous music festivals and venues across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Other artists added to the festival lineup include Jerron Blind Boy Paxton, Blue Ridge Entertainers, Clay Prewitt, Earth by Train, Good Rocking Sam, L Shape Lot, Logan Fritz, The Railsplitters, Ron Short & the Possum Playboys, Wires & Wood.
Bristol, TN/VA (June 5, 2014) – Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is over-the-moon ecstatic to announce groundbreaking singer/songwriter Jeff Tweedy will join their already impressive 2014 lineup. Tweedy is scheduled to appear Saturday, September 20, 2014, during the three-day music festival. The Bristol date is part of his summer-long solo tour of the United States, promoting his new solo CD release.
“Having Jeff Tweedy at the festival with Emmylou Harris and the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience is the perfect trifecta of amazing talent,” said Leah Ross, executive director of Birthplace of Country Music®, the parent organization of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. “These artists, and many others on our roster, are groundbreaking, inspirational, and timeless. We are privileged to have them at our festival in September.”
Fans of Tweedy will remember Uncle Tupelo’s haunting rendition of The Carter Family’s “No Depression in Heaven” on the band’s first album, No Depression, in 1990. The homage is further evidence of the far-reaching impact of The Carter Family’s lasting influence across the generations and genres.
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is held annually the third weekend of September over three days. This year’s festival dates are September 19-21, marking the event’s 14th anniversary.
Jeff Tweedy: Jeff Tweedy is “one of the most daring songwriters of his generation” and his band Wilco is “vital, adventurous…breaking new stylistic ground with each ambitious and creatively restless album.” Salon.com
As the founding member and leader of the American rock band Wilco and before that the co-founder of alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy is one of contemporary American music’s most accomplished songwriters, musicians and performers. Since starting Wilco in 1994 Tweedy has written original songs for eight Wilco albums and collaborated with folk singer Billy Bragg to bring musical life to three albums-full of Woody Guthrie-penned lyrics in the Mermaid Avenue series.
Tweedy has had a firm hand in producing all of Wilco’s eight studio albums, and over the past decade has created “the Wilco loft,” a state-of-the-art recording studio and rehearsal space on Chicago’s North Side “where eccentric vintage instruments sit side by side with near classics . . . industrial-grade shelves filled to the ceiling with guitar cases and amps. Everywhere you look, there are instruments.”- Fretboard Journal
Tweedy, an accomplished and in-demand producer beyond the Wilco realm, has collaborated twice with soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples, first on her 2010 release You Are Not Alone, and more recently, on the just-released One True Vine. Both albums were produced by Tweedy and recorded at the Wilco loft and both have garnered widespread critical acclaim. “One True Vine sounds at once contemporary and true to Staples’ lengthy career and history . . . haunting, beautifully restrained . . .” – The A.V. Club.
“Guided by the brilliant production of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy . . . mixes triumphant gospel and evocative blues, infusing each with hard-won wisdom.” NPR on You Are Not Alone, which went on to win Best Americana Album in the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.
Tweedy’s most recent producer credits include The Invisible Way by the Minneapolis trio Low, Wassaic Way by folk-rock duo Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion’s (co-produced with Wilco’s Patrick Sansone) and a forthcoming album by Austin’s psychedelic rockers White Denim.
A touring tour-de-force since the release of The Whole Love in September 2011 on the band’s own dBpm Records, Wilco has played more than 170 concerts worldwide including multiple tours of North America and Europe as well as tours in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Wilco also mans the helm at its own Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in The Berkshires – a three-day event blending music, comedy, world-class contemporary art, and more.
In addition to his work with Wilco, Tweedy tours frequently as a solo artist, playing intimate unscripted acoustic sets that draw from his 400-plus song repertoire. A departure from Wilco’s carefully orchestrated, sonically complex performances, Tweedy’s solo concerts showcase his prolific output as a songwriter, his proficiency as a guitarist, his charismatic and compelling stage presence, and his wry sense of humor. www.wilcoworld.net/splash-wilco-page/
Johnson City, TN (May 9, 2014) – Birthplace of Country Music’s Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion festival took home a number of Pinnacle Awards, including “Best of Show”, from Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association (NETTA) at their annual awards luncheon on Wednesday. This latest recognition comes after the festival received the cities of Bristol Mayors’ Award of Distinction in April and several Southeast Festival & Events Association Kaleidoscope Awards, including “Best Festival”, in February.
The Pinnacle awards were sponsored by Bristol Motor Speedway and held at the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City, Tennessee.
“Receiving the Pinnacle for Best of Show from NETTA is especially meaningful to our organization,” said Birthplace of Country Music Executive Director Leah Ross. “To know that our event is held in such high esteem among our regional tourism industry is very humbling. It has taken a village to make Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion a success, this award speaks to the hard work and support of many over the past fourteen years.”
In addition to “Best in Show” honors, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion recieved the Pinnacle for Special Events and Public Relations. Jack King, owner of LC King Manufacturing Co. in Historic Downtown Bristol, accepted the Public Relations Pinnacle for #BristolRhythm: Live & Breathing, The LC King Centennial Sessions. Nick Corrigan, Justin Glanville, and Destiny Smith, of Live & Breathing, were also present.
Live & Breathing, based in Knoxville, Tenn., is a video production company known for capturing intimate performances by musicians in unique, personal settings. The company set up private shoots in the second story sewing room of the 100-year-old LC King factory during Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2013 weekend. Live & Breathing recorded over 50 performances by artists including IBMA award-winning Della Mae, Willie Watson, JD McPherson, Pokey LaFarge, and St. Paul & the Broken Bones. As of this date, the Live & Breathing: LC King Centennial Session videos have netted more than 478,000 page views on YouTube alone.
“It is an honor to be recognized for our work, but it is a privilege to work with such talented people and with such a great event,” said Nick Corrigan, Live & Breathing Production Manager. “None of what we do would be possible without everyone who helped us along the way. Everyone’s hospitality and the collaboration of Pointer Brand, The Birthplace of Country Music and Live And Breathing is what made the LC King Centennial Sessions a success. It’s great that the community sees and recognizes that.”
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion also recieved Merit Awards for Print and Multi-Media Advertising & Promotions for the Reunion’s Festival Guide, designer Cindy Collier, and Mobile Application, designer CrowdTorch by Cvent.
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014 will be held September 19-21. Weekend Passes to the annual music festival remain at $50 through June 30.
Bristol, VA/TN (May 9, 2014) – 15 years of Border Bash continues its season long celebration! Thank you to the hundreds of friends who joined us downtown for the inaugural concert of the season last week, you made it a big success! Join us Friday, May 16, 2014, in the 700 block of State Street. Starting at 6:00 p.m., we’ll do it all again with children’s activities and vendors.
The free concerts start at 7:00 p.m. featuring Andrew Combs and Paleface, two acts featured at this year’s Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion festival (September 19-21, 2014). As always, the event is free to the public. Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol, the Cities of Bristol, VA/TN, and Birthplace of Country Music®.
Andrew Combs is a songwriter, guitarist, and singer who lives in Nashville. Originally from Dallas, Combs is inspired by the great tradition of Texas songwriting exemplified by Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Mickey Newbury. Following the success of the 2010 EP Tennessee Time, Coin Records released the 7-inch single “Big Bad Love” in May 2012 and Combs’ debut full-length album, Worried Man, on October 30, 2012. The new album caps off a busy year for Combs who signed as a staff writer with Razor & Tie Music Publishing in July 2012. Combs was also tapped to play the 2012 Americana Music Association festival and has played and toured with Shovels & Rope, Jonny Corndawg, Caitlin Rose, Houndmouth, Robert Ellis, and Jason Isbell.
Prolific Influential cult-hero & Indie-folk icon, PALEFACE, is now a high-energy and charismatic duo (sometimes trio) featuring girlfriend-drummer Mo Samalot, who adds charming candied vocal harmonies to the mix. The band celebrated the release of their latest album One Big Party (Ramseur Records) with a special guest-performance alongside label-mates The Avett Brothers at Radio City Music Hall, followed by US and Europe tours. Soon after, PASTE Magazine premiered “PALEFACE: The Making Of One Big Party”, a short documentary which follows the band as they record the album and tour. Paleface’s music video for the album’s tittle-track received airplay through several MTV stations as well as satellite & online outlets (VH1, CMT, MTV). And this Winter, Paleface’s Mountain Stage performance aired via 130+ NPR stations nationwide and worldwide via Voice of America Satellite Service, and NPR.com. PALEFACE, was schooled musically by Daniel Johnston and soon discovered at an NYC open mic by Danny Fields (The Stooges, The Ramones, MC5). He’s released over a dozen records including two major label releases, and has been quoted as major influence and inspiration by a wide range of artists including Grammy Award recipient BECK who calls Paleface a big influence on his early work. Paleface has also collaborated and appeared on three albums by The Avett Brothers. At the moment, Paleface is in the process of writing a new album to record later in the year, and in the meantime he’s self-released Multibean Bootleg Vol.3, a collection of raw demos, live performances and outtakes.
Emmylou Harris, The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Moon Taxi, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Dale Watson & His Lone Stars, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, The Kruger Brothers, Billy Joe Shaver, The Seldom Scene, Ray Wylie Hubbard, White Denim, Caveman, Willie Watson, The Black Lillies, 18 South, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Sturgill Simpson, Balsam Range, Town Mountain, Red Molly, Folk Soul Revival, Chuck Mead, Sol Driven Train, Bronze Radio Return, Quiet Life, Joshua James, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Black Prairie, M.S.G. – The Acoustic Blues Trio, Goodnight, Texas, Breaking Grass, The Whiskey Gentry, Truth & Salvage Co., Swear & Shake, The Deslondes, The New Familiars, Fruition, The Cactus Blossoms, Flatt Lonesome, Leo Welch w/ Jimbo Mathus, Donna Ulisse & the Poor Mountain Boys, Bawn In the Mash, Tumbleweed Wanderers, Parker Millsap, The Giving Tree Band, Furnace Mountain, Elliott BROOD, The Dustbowl Revival, Hello Stranger ft. Dale Jett, Cruz Contreras, Bombadil, Paleface, If Birds Could Fly, Wayne Henderson & the Virginia Luthiers, Adam Faucett, The Adam Larkey Band, After Jack, Al Scorch, Amazed By Grace, Amythyst Kiah, Ancient Cities, Andrew Combs, Annabelle’s Curse, Annie Robinette, Antique Firearms, Barlow Gin & the Hatchetmen, Billy Crawford Band, Breaking Tradition, Bryan Elijah Smith & the Wild Hearts, The Corklickers, Cutthroat Shamrock, Deep Fried 5, Dustin Miller, Duty Free, Ed Snodderly, Empty Bottle String Band, ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band, ETSU Old Time Pride Band, The Farmhouse Ghost, Feed the Birds, The Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band, Frank Fairfield, Great Peacock, Grits & Soul, The Harlow Experience, The Hermit Kings, The Hey Boys, Honaker FFA Bluegrass Band, The Honey Badgers, Indian Run Stringband, Jamie Cook, Jarekus Singleton, Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Jon LaDeau, The Josh Daniel & Mark Schimick Project, JP Parsons & the American Bandwagon, King Super & the Excellents, Lauren Penley, Leo Rondeau, Loves It, Mis’ry Creek, Motel Rodeo, Mustered Courage, My New Favorites, The Neighbors, Old Line Skiffle Combo, The Ordinary Bitters, Rex Montgomery, Rickshaw Roadshow, The Rigneys, Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, The Rose Sisters, Scotty Melton, String Fever, The Successful Failures, Sycamore Hollow, Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen, Travis Frye & Blue Mountain, The Virginia Whirlwind, Wayne Graham, WestWend, The Whiskey Incident, Wise Old River.
Note: All artists are subject to change without notice.
Bristol, VA/TN (April 16, 2014) – At Wednesdays press conference, Believe in Bristol, alongside community partners Birthplace of Country Music®, revealed plans for a summer packed with free live music and family fun on State Street and beyond.
Border Bash, the twice-monthly free concert series held annually May through August, celebrates its 15th anniversary as a roving mini-fest that has grown to include childrens activities and vendors in addition to live music and much more. Border Bash will take place on the first and third Fridays, May through August.
We are always excited when its time for Border Bash. It is an opportunity for Birthplace of Country Music® and Believe in Bristol to work together to bring great music to our downtown. We are proud of the growth of the event and the community support that we receive for all that we do, stated Leah Ross, Executive Director, Birthplace of Country Music®.
Celebrate Bristol is proud to partner with Border Bash on Friday, July 4th to celebrate Independence Day, states Vicie Dotson, Believe in Bristol Promotions Committee Chairwoman and Celebrate Bristol organizer.
As a small community, our resources are limited community partnerships are key in allowing us to offer quality, free family-oriented activities including music, childrens activities, and fireworks!
Border Bash has definitely been a boom to the downtown Bristol experience,said Matt Bolas, Executive Director of the Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau. Since Border Bash started several years ago, theres been a significant increase in the number of people who come into town for our live music. And these arent just locals, theyre people from outside the area too so its played a key role in increasing visitor expenditures, particularly in downtown Bristol.
The band line-up for this event consists mainly of artists slated to play Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in September. The Border Bash line-up for 2014 is:
Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music® and the Cities of Bristol. Border Bash would not be possible without our community sponsors. Our sponsors in 2014 include Along Come Mary Interior Design Mary Jane Miller, Alpha Natural Resources, Ann & John Tickle, Bank of Tennessee, Benjamin Walls Gallery, Blackbird Bakery, Blakley Mitchell Co., Brenda & John Fincher, Bristol Herald Courier, Bristol Virginia Utilities, Campbell Printing, Celebrate Bristol, Coca-Cola, Commonwealth Coal Corp., Cranberry Lane, Dent K. Burk CPA Firm, Doug & Amy Williams, Dr. and Ms. Bennett Cowan, Jr., Edward Jones Investments Robert Hollo, Rob Simis, Brad Baker and Greg Fahn, Electric 94.9 FM, Express AV Productions, First Bank of Virginia, First Tennessee Foundation, Joe & Pam Kerr Kerr Boswell Inc., Kiln Time, Mary Landrum, Merrill-Lynch, Renasant Bank, Revolution Curbside Recycling, Sarah Hull Serendipity, Spiegler Blevins & Company CPAs, State Line Bar & Grille, Strongwell, The Homer A. and Ida S. Jones Trust, The Williams Company, Tom & Barbara Smith, Tri-City Tent & Event, Walling Distributing, WCYB News 5, Wells Fargo Foundation, WXBQ 96.6 FM and Z-Rock 99.3.