Downtown Bristol, "The Birthplace of Country Music"
Bristol “The Birthplace of Country Music”
Ralph Peer of Victor Talking Machine Company visited Bristol in 1927 based on advice of the early mountain music recording artist Ernest "Pop" Stoneman. While in Bristol, Peer recorded 76 songs by 19 artist at wha's now know as one of the most significant recording Sessions in early country music history. These historic "Bristol Sessions" launched the careers of many artists like the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, The Stoneman familyand other pioneers of the modern country music movement. The event has been called by historians the "Big Bang of Country Music".
Bristol was recognized, by Congress, in 1998 as the official " Birthplace of Country Music" based on these Sessions in 1927.