The Birthplace of Country Music Museum
101 Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201, USA
| +1 423-573-1927
Photo by Billie Wheeler
Sun 1pm - 5pm
Tue - Sat 10am - 6pm
The Birthplace of Country Music MuseumWhen record producer Ralph Peer of the Victor Talking Machine Company came to Bristol in 1927 to scout talent, he discovered both the Carter Family and “The Father of Country Music,” Jimmie Rodgers. He then recorded the two acts together at a makeshift studio downtown, producing hits like “Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow” and “The Soldier’s Sweetheart” in what eventually became known as the Bristol Sessions. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum shares this story through artifacts and interactive exhibits, showing how the recordings helped introduce the rest of the country to a uniquely American genre of music. The impressive two-story facility—located in the Virginia half of the divided town of Bristol—also features a large performance venue, a radio station, and a learning center to help keep the legacy of country music alive.
about 5 years ago
Birthplace of Country Music Museum
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.