Birthplace of Country Music

Birthplace of Country Music A nonprofit organization dedicated to telling the story of the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings and its lasting impact on the music of today.
Located in Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia, the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) is the parent nonprofit organization of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and Radio Bristol. It is the mission of BCM to perpetuate, promote, and celebrate Bristol’s rich music heritage; to educate and engage audiences worldwide regarding the history, impact, and legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions from which BCM derives its name; and to create recognition, opportunities, and economic benefit for BCM’s local and regional communities. BCM accomplishes this mission through each of its primary branches (museum, festival, and radio station), special projects and events, and a multitude of community and educational outreach programs.
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Singer-songwriter Ed Snodderly will practice social distancing and play a few tunes on Kris Truelsen's front porch next ...
05/07/2020

Singer-songwriter Ed Snodderly will practice social distancing and play a few tunes on Kris Truelsen's front porch next Thursday for the Farm and Fun Time Home Edition, also featuring house band Bill and the Belles! Ya'll tune in on WBCM - Radio Bristol's Facebook Live, online at ListenRadioBristol.org, or through the station's free mobile app!

https://bit.ly/2Wy8aDb

Play along with the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion 30-Day Song Challenge in your FB or IG stories! Copy the image belo...
05/06/2020

Play along with the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion 30-Day Song Challenge in your FB or IG stories! Copy the image below to start your journey then choose a song to play over your story based on the descriptions below. Be sure and tag @bristolrhythm #bristolrhythm and the artist!

05/05/2020
NTTW 2020 - The Spirit of Travel

This National Travel & Tourism week honors the spirit of travel in recognition of the industry’s strength, selflessness and resiliency. While it’s critical right now to #StayAtHome, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will be ready to welcome you back when the time is right. #spiritoftravel #nttw20

National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition for the U.S. travel community, and this year we are celebrating the spirit of travel.

05/04/2020
Nipper Contest

Does your pup bear an uncanny resemblance to Nipper (in looks or pose)? The pup who was immortalized as the iconic logo for the grammaphone, Victor Talking Machine Co. and later RCA records?

If so, email a photo of your pet to [email protected] for a chance to win an awesome BCM prize pack!

Click here for deets: https://bit.ly/2SxsVxl

Mother's Day is right around the corner! If you order by tomorrow, we got you covered!https://bit.ly/2KSCmDj
04/30/2020

Mother's Day is right around the corner! If you order by tomorrow, we got you covered!

https://bit.ly/2KSCmDj

WBCM - Radio Bristol's #FarmandFunTime will be on Facebook LIVE from host Kris Truelsen's house May 14 at 7pm EST! Gathe...
04/29/2020

WBCM - Radio Bristol's #FarmandFunTime will be on Facebook LIVE from host Kris Truelsen's house May 14 at 7pm EST! Gather 'round those screens and join the conversation! https://bit.ly/2KLRIJQ

TONIGHT at 7pm EST Believe in Bristol's Border Bash is a family affair w/Social Distancing Series: Jamen, Jim, & Noah De...
04/28/2020

TONIGHT at 7pm EST Believe in Bristol's Border Bash is a family affair w/
Social Distancing Series: Jamen, Jim, & Noah Denton!
In case you missed it: check out this concert w/ Jamie Danielle Collins: https://bit.ly/2KCYmlE

We made some super-cute gift bags for Mom that we think she'll love!  Shop The Museum Store online before Friday, May 1 ...
04/27/2020

We made some super-cute gift bags for Mom that we think she'll love! Shop The Museum Store online before Friday, May 1 to guarantee Mother's Day delivery! https://bit.ly/2W4RtPu

If it's been a while since you downloaded the WBCM - Radio Bristol mobile app, we recommend deleting it and downloading ...
04/24/2020

If it's been a while since you downloaded the WBCM - Radio Bristol mobile app, we recommend deleting it and downloading the new version! It's FREE! Don't have it? Download the app today and take Radio Bristol with you wherever you go!

https://bit.ly/2VU1aQK

In case you missed it, last night's Border Bash Social Distancing Series: Daniel Davis (of Folk Soul Revival) was amazin...
04/22/2020

In case you missed it, last night's Border Bash Social Distancing Series: Daniel Davis (of Folk Soul Revival) was amazing! Thanks, Believe in Bristol!

Here's the link: shorturl.at/alINZ

We are so grateful to our volunteers for all their hard work and dedication. We wouldn't exist if it wasn't for them! #v...
04/21/2020

We are so grateful to our volunteers for all their hard work and dedication. We wouldn't exist if it wasn't for them!
#volunteerweek

04/20/2020
Ken Burns on Bristol, the Birthplace of Country Music

Why is the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings considered the "big bang" of country music? Here's what the award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns had to say when he paid us a visit last year. Thank you, Ken!

04/17/2020
BCM Social Short - Ketch Secor

Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show really gets us! Thanks, Ketch, for offering one of the most impassioned endorsements for the 1927 Bristol Sessions we've ever heard!

04/15/2020
BCM Social Short - Dom Flemons

We are grateful for our friend and Grammy Award-winning artist Dom Flemons. Thank you, Dom for being a cheerleader for our organization and Bristol!

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum may be temporarily closed, but we're still working behind the scenes to bring you...
04/13/2020
Be a Part of the Birthplace of Country Music at Home! - Birthplace of Country Music

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum may be temporarily closed, but we're still working behind the scenes to bring you great content you may enjoy from home! Read the #BCMBlog for info on how you can tap into Bristol's music history and more! #museumfromhome
https://bit.ly/2K2v67G

We are living in extraordinary times right now, making many feel unsettled and anxious as we face a host of uncertainties. For me, music often acts as a balm to troubled thoughts and worries, and so while the museum is …

An encore episode of WBCM - Radio Bristol's Farm and Fun Time ft. Becky Buller Band, Chatham Rabbits, and The Matchselle...
04/11/2020

An encore episode of WBCM - Radio Bristol's Farm and Fun Time ft. Becky Buller Band, Chatham Rabbits, and The Matchsellers airs TONIGHT at 7pm EDT on Blue Ridge PBS followed by Song of the Mountains and Austin City Limits. Nice way to spend a Saturday night, right?

Birthplace of Country Music
04/10/2020

Birthplace of Country Music

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum may be temporarily closed, but we've got some great online content to hold you ov...
04/09/2020

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum may be temporarily closed, but we've got some great online content to hold you over until we reopen! Check out our playlist of behind-the-scenes videos on our YouTube channel, subscribe, and share with your friends!
shorturl.at/wKN29

04/08/2020
Farm and Fun Time Home Edition Promo

A word from WBCM - Radio Bristol's Kris Truelsen about what's going down tomorrow night at 7pm EDT! Farm and Fun Time LIVE from his house!

shorturl.at/ivCIK

TOMORROW NIGHT at 7pm join us for an impromptu quarantine edition of WBCM - Radio Bristol's Farm and Fun Time LIVE from ...
04/08/2020

TOMORROW NIGHT at 7pm join us for an impromptu quarantine edition of WBCM - Radio Bristol's Farm and Fun Time LIVE from host Kris Truelsen's house featuring Bill and the Belles! Can't wait to see what they've got up their sleeves!

https://rb.gy/dzest2

Got a favorite tune that gets you through a hard day? Give us your recommendations for the ultimate quarantine playlist ...
04/07/2020

Got a favorite tune that gets you through a hard day? Give us your recommendations for the ultimate quarantine playlist in the comments below!

04/03/2020
WBCM - Radio Bristol

Check out today's live Farm and Fun Time Noon Show from WBCM - Radio Bristol.

The Kody Norris Show bringing you another episode of The Farm & Fun Time Noon Show straight from their Kitchen in Mountain City, TN! Any request???

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion is months away, but festival artists are getting together to contribute music for some ...
04/01/2020

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion is months away, but festival artists are getting together to contribute music for some very special #QuarantineSessions. View the videos on our YouTube channel, subscribe, and share! It's just one more way music is bringing us all together during this time of uncertainty.
shorturl.at/kzGN2

THIS SATURDAY at 7pm EDT join us for the Farm and Fun Time Broadcast TV Premiere on Blue Ridge PBS featuring The Quebe S...
03/31/2020

THIS SATURDAY at 7pm EDT join us for the Farm and Fun Time Broadcast TV Premiere on Blue Ridge PBS featuring The Quebe Sisters, The Barefoot Movement, and everyone's favorite house band Bill and the Belles! The episode is from October 2018, performed before a live studio audience at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Not a Blue Ridge PBS customer? Follow this link to watch online: https://bit.ly/2Jt9zVo

We are joining Virginia is for Lovers for Virginia Restaurant Takeout Week.  Starting today, March 30th - Sunday, April ...
03/30/2020
Support Local with Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Takeout Week! - Virginia's Travel Blog

We are joining Virginia is for Lovers for Virginia Restaurant Takeout Week. Starting today, March 30th - Sunday, April 5th order takeout or delivery from one of your favorite local restaurants, breweries or wineries. Check out the compiled a list of restaurants offering takeout options in Bristol by visiting Believe in Bristol Facebook or website: https://www.believeinbristol.org/

Eat and drink what you love this week while giving back to an industry that has given us so much. Where will you be ordering from? Comment and let us know. ⬇️ #VirginiaEatsLocal #bristolstands2together

  With the closure of restaurant dining rooms, many Virginia restaurants have switched to takeout and delivery, allowing you to enjoy some of

Want some fun activities to do with your kids during this time of social distancing? The Birthplace of Country Music Mus...
03/26/2020

Want some fun activities to do with your kids during this time of social distancing? The Birthplace of Country Music Museum may be closed, but have put together some great puzzles, coloring sheets, and a banjo craft video you can do at home! Stay safe, friends. Here's the link: https://bit.ly/2WMs3rY

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum may be temporarily closed, but we'll never hit pause on our mission of music. We ...
03/25/2020

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum may be temporarily closed, but we'll never hit pause on our mission of music. We have a wealth of video and audio content on WBCM - Radio Bristol 24/7! Download the latest version of our free mobile app - just recently updated, so be sure and delete the old app first - or stream online. Let the music play! https://bit.ly/2xkxyn0

A kind message from our friends at Discover Bristol during this time of social distancing. There are so many ways to sup...
03/23/2020

A kind message from our friends at Discover Bristol during this time of social distancing. There are so many ways to support local businesses from home! Stay safe out there, good people!

We'll be here waiting for you ❤️

Check out this letter from our #DiscoverBristol team:
https://discoverbristol.org/we-will-be-here-waiting-for-you/

See last week's Farm & Fun Time ft. Jim Lauderdale, Miss Tess for the first time or relive the magic - online! Watch it ...
03/16/2020

See last week's Farm & Fun Time ft. Jim Lauderdale, Miss Tess for the first time or relive the magic - online! Watch it here: https://bit.ly/38NherT

As a precautionary measure regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will te...
03/15/2020

As a precautionary measure regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will temporarily close to the public from Monday, March 16, 2020, through Monday, March 30, 2020.

BCM considers the health, welfare, and safety of our visitors, staff, and community to be our top priority. That priority dictates this temporary closing, which halts all activities and events at the museum during the period of closure. For more information: https://www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/birthplace-of-country-music-museum-temporary-closing/

As the coronavirus continues to be in the headlines nationally and across the globe, please know that the health and saf...
03/13/2020

As the coronavirus continues to be in the headlines nationally and across the globe, please know that the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff at the Birthplace of Country Music are of the utmost importance to us. At this time, we have decided to cancel BCM events at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum from now through March 31, and we will make decisions on events in April and beyond as appropriate. The Museum will remain open during normal operating hours. https://www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/message-from-bcm-executive-director/

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Historic Preservation Awards for the City of Bristol, Virginia. Award re...
03/13/2020

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Historic Preservation Awards for the City of Bristol, Virginia. Award recipients will be recognized during a public ceremony on May 21st. Deadline for entries is Visit the City of Bristol, Virginia website for more information: https://bit.ly/3d0wntk

Address

416 State Street, Suite A
Bristol, TN
37620

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(423) 573-1927

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We really had such high hopes of winning 😔😫. Next year Bristol Sessions Raffle & R&R!
Congratulations in order for banjo master, Butch Robins! Well deserved!
Come join us for a pre holiday jam!
Please help! Still haven't received our 3-day shuttle wristbands for next week's Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. They (3 of them) were due to be shipped via priority mail & we're heading to Bristol a couple of days early to stay in the area from out of town.
This is how we celebrated the 4th of July, #American music from an American #legend - For The Heart - #ELVIS PRESLEY 🇺🇸🇺🇸
Please consider sharing information about HoustonFest. It is a bluegrass/old time music festival held in Galax, VA the second weekend of June. This year it will be held June 8-9. A family friendly festival with lots of music and dancing. There is camping available on site and food vendors too. Tickets are on sale now at www.houstonfestgalax.com
As a Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival volunteer, I'm thrilled and honored to be able to make my Farm and Fun Time video from the festival available on their YouTube channel and blog, thanks to Kris Truelsen. I'm working on it now, so stay tuned.
I vote for Kacey Buchanan. She is wonder inside and out. A real Star
Here is the news article on the new 1927 Bristol sessions Jubilee