A stop on a road trip from Asheville to Baltimore found us in Bristol (which borders Virginia and Tennessee). The recently opened Birthplace of Country Music Museum taught us the vital role Bristol played in putting country music on the American map, thanks to a series of 1927 recording sessions. A record executive from New York got off the train in Bristol with his recording equipment and, well, the rest is history.
Any music fan, and particularly music history buff, should add Bristol to their list. The town is also a part of the Crooked Road, Virginia's Heritage Music Trail.