Birthplace of Country Music

Birthplace of Country Music An organization dedicated to the big bang of Country Music and all that followed.
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.

A few tickets left for Farm & Fun Time ft. Sierra Ferrell, Steel City Jug Slammers! Join the studio audience and be part...
06/07/2019

A few tickets left for Farm & Fun Time ft. Sierra Ferrell, Steel City Jug Slammers! Join the studio audience and be part of the magic of live radio!

https://bit.ly/2wBPiXb

BCM is taking part in the American Evolution’s VirginiaHistory Trails “Summer Fun Contest,” June 15-July 20. The “Summer...
06/06/2019

BCM is taking part in the American Evolution’s Virginia
History Trails “Summer Fun Contest,” June 15-July 20. The “Summer Fun Contest” is dedicated to promoting awareness of and visitation to the many historic sites across Virginia. Our site will work to gain the most check ins and likes on the
Virginia History Trails app. Please download the Virginia History Trails app and like or check in to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Recognizing and sharing the stories of Virginia’s institutions and organizations is strategic to the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, a national observance of the 400th anniversary of key historical events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 and continue to influence America today. Learn more here:

https://bit.ly/2JV3148

Tickets to BCM Presents Carson Peters & Iron Mountain June 25 are on sale now! This show will sell out, so don't wait to...
06/04/2019

Tickets to BCM Presents Carson Peters & Iron Mountain June 25 are on sale now! This show will sell out, so don't wait to purchase!

https://bit.ly/2JV3148

Father's Day will be here before you know it! Invite him to the museum - on us! https://bit.ly/2WFq3C8
06/03/2019

Father's Day will be here before you know it! Invite him to the museum - on us!

https://bit.ly/2WFq3C8

Mark your calendars for RTE 23 Music Festival coming in August! Get a sneak peek at #bristolrhythm19 festival band The F...
05/30/2019

Mark your calendars for RTE 23 Music Festival coming in August! Get a sneak peek at #bristolrhythm19 festival band The Fritz, plus favorites C2 & The Brothers Reed and 49 Winchester!

https://bit.ly/2Vx4Omg

The Birthplace of Country Music has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source ...
05/29/2019
BCM Awarded Platinum from GuideStar -

The Birthplace of Country Music has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information! Read more:

The Birthplace of Country Music earns Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guidestar, the world's largest source of nonprofit information.

We hope you are spending your Memorial Day with the people who matter most to you.
05/27/2019

We hope you are spending your Memorial Day with the people who matter most to you.

If it weren't for Ernest "Pop" Stoneman, the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions may have never been recorded. It was Pop wh...
05/25/2019

If it weren't for Ernest "Pop" Stoneman, the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions may have never been recorded. It was Pop who urged Ralph Peer to travel to Bristol that fateful summer, and Pop was the most recorded musician of the Sessions. Today we honor his memory on this, the day of his birth in 1893. Thank you, Pop!

Photo courtesy: Country Music Television

We've always kinda considered ourselves to be Nashville's "cool uncle," but this is REALLY cool! Hot Rod Magazine's cele...
05/25/2019
Traveler’s Guide for the 25th Anniversary Hot Rod Power Tour - Hot Rod Network

We've always kinda considered ourselves to be Nashville's "cool uncle," but this is REALLY cool! Hot Rod Magazine's celebrating 25 years of the Hot Rod Power Tour, and they're making a stop at Bristol Motor Speedway - guess who made their top to-do list? The Birthplace, of course!!! Much thanks!

If you’re coming to the 25th Anniversary Hot Rod Power Tour, there’s a bunch of cool activities in addition to the tour. Here’s our list of fun stuff!

Registration for Pick Along Summer Camp is now open! Foster your child's love of music, sign them up today! Beginner and...
05/24/2019

Registration for Pick Along Summer Camp is now open! Foster your child's love of music, sign them up today! Beginner and Intermediate camps available!
https://bit.ly/2qtxb3d

05/23/2019

We're so excited to have Upstate for our next 1927 Society Concert Series. Join us for an intimate night of music! Guests are asked to arrive promptly at 6:00 p.m. to enjoy dinner (heavy hors d’oeuvres) and an open bar (ages 21+ with valid ID) before the show, included with ticket. 🎟http://bit.ly/2W4WNoZ

05/22/2019
Upstate - "Marietta" Official Video

“With a light-hearted approach to a breakup song, Upstate exuberantly delivers this high-spirited musical treat.” ~ PARADE Magazine review of "Marietta."

Tickets to the 1927 Society Concert Series ft. Upstate, coming June 22, are on sale now!

Upstate - "Marietta" Written by Mary Kenney & Harry D'Agostino Performed by Upstate from the album 'Healing' Produced by Jano Rix Engineered & Mixed by Justi...

05/20/2019

Thank you, WCYB for taking time to stop by the museum to cover Literarily Cool! on Saturday! A fun time was had by all! Our special exhibit Reading Appalachia is open until the end of June.

Journaling can be a way of organizing, keeping your thoughts, and for some, it's therapy. Wordcatching: An Adult Journal...
05/19/2019

Journaling can be a way of organizing, keeping your thoughts, and for some, it's therapy. Wordcatching: An Adult Journal-Making Workshop is a very cool event that folks who like to journal may really enjoy. Tickets limited so purchase today: https://bit.ly/2JG92k9

Two things: RTE 23 Listening Room ft. Annabelle's Curse and the RTE 23 Music Festival. Both happening in SWVA, both amaz...
05/17/2019

Two things:
RTE 23 Listening Room ft. Annabelle's Curse and the RTE 23 Music Festival. Both happening in SWVA, both amazing!

Get discounted pre-sales tix to Annabelle's Curse, the festival is free!
https://bit.ly/2VKPgez

JUST ADDED Pick Along Summer Camp Intermediate Class for returning campers or kids who are bit more advanced at playing ...
05/16/2019

JUST ADDED Pick Along Summer Camp Intermediate Class for returning campers or kids who are bit more advanced at playing an instrument! Learn how this camp helps ignite a passion for music and our region's music history! Beginner camps are filling up, so register today!

https://bit.ly/2qtxb3d

This Saturday! Join us at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum for our Monthly Community Jams! All ages, all skill lev...
05/15/2019

This Saturday! Join us at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum for our Monthly Community Jams! All ages, all skill levels are welcome!

https://bit.ly/2Hf5VhI

Tickets to be part of the live studio audience for WBCM - Radio Bristol's Farm & Fun Time ft. Sierra Ferrell, Steel City...
05/15/2019

Tickets to be part of the live studio audience for WBCM - Radio Bristol's Farm & Fun Time ft. Sierra Ferrell, Steel City Jug Slammers are on sale now! They are going fast, so order yours today to guarantee a seat at the best show in town!

https://bit.ly/2P4QGNC

Thank you to the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association for recognition in Friday's annual Pinnacle Awards! BCM took ho...
05/13/2019

Thank you to the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association for recognition in Friday's annual Pinnacle Awards! BCM took home trophies in five categories including Attraction of the Year for the Birthplace of Country Music Museum! Congratulations and thanks to our amazing staff, volunteers, and patrons for everything you do to make us an award-winning organization!

This week we have spent time at the Canadian Music Week in Toronto. Special thanks to CMW, Brand USA, and Virginia Touri...
05/11/2019

This week we have spent time at the Canadian Music Week in Toronto. Special thanks to CMW, Brand USA, and Virginia Tourism for inviting us to attend and speak at the event. We loved sharing the story of Bristol and the region’s music heritage with so many people.

Looking for a unique gift for Mom? Stop by The Museum Store at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum! Peruse one-of-a-k...
05/11/2019

Looking for a unique gift for Mom? Stop by The Museum Store at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum! Peruse one-of-a-kind artisan items, gift boxes, or purchase weekend passes to Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion!

Flowers last a week, experiences bring memories that last a lifetime. Spend time with Mom this weekend at the Birthplace...
05/10/2019

Flowers last a week, experiences bring memories that last a lifetime. Spend time with Mom this weekend at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum then take her to a nice brunch or dinner in beautiful Historic Downtown Bristol. Happy Mother's Day!

Farm & Fun Time ft. Davina & The Vagabonds, Hoot & Holler may be sold out, but you don't have to miss the show! See it o...
05/09/2019

Farm & Fun Time ft. Davina & The Vagabonds, Hoot & Holler may be sold out, but you don't have to miss the show! See it on WBCM - Radio Bristol's Facebook Live!!!!
https://bit.ly/2vMNdY7

Congratulations to June Marshall, Assistant Manager of The Museum Store at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Terry...
05/08/2019

Congratulations to June Marshall, Assistant Manager of The Museum Store at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Terry Napier, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Committee Chair, and Mary Geiger, longtime BCM volunteer, for earning Discover Bristol’s Pineapple Awards for going above and beyond to enrich visitors’ experiences while staying in Bristol. We are grateful for their service to our organization and to the community! Thank you all for your dedication and hard work!

Tickets to 1927 Society Concert Series ft. Upstate are on sale now to the public! Click here to order: https://bit.ly/2Y...
05/07/2019

Tickets to 1927 Society Concert Series ft. Upstate are on sale now to the public!
Click here to order: https://bit.ly/2Ye7ulv

Mother's Day sometimes calls for creative gift giving. How about supporting the arts in Tennessee and the Tennessee Arts...
05/04/2019

Mother's Day sometimes calls for creative gift giving. How about supporting the arts in Tennessee and the Tennessee Arts Commission by gifting a specialty license plate?

https://bit.ly/2VHxc4a

05/01/2019

Tomorrow bring the wee ones by the Birthplace of Country Music Museum for Family Story Time! Held weekly at 10:30am now through June 30th, this is a free event where families may also explore the Reading Appalachia special exhibit!

Take advantage of this special Mother's Day offer from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum!  https://bit.ly/2Ei0WI3
04/30/2019

Take advantage of this special Mother's Day offer from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum!
https://bit.ly/2Ei0WI3

The Ballad Of Shirley Collins also proves itself to be something of a time-travelling Transatlantic road-movie. Tickets ...
04/29/2019

The Ballad Of Shirley Collins also proves itself to be something of a time-travelling Transatlantic road-movie. Tickets to the screening are on sale now: https://bit.ly/2DlN7uu

This is the final weekend of the special exhibit I Have a Voice: Tennessee's African American Musical Heritage at the Bi...
04/26/2019

This is the final weekend of the special exhibit I Have a Voice: Tennessee's African American Musical Heritage at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Join us Sunday for ETSU Gospel Choir In Concert and tour the exhibit for free with your concert ticket! Only $5!

https://bit.ly/2Ic9cz4

04/24/2019
Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion

Looking forward to the 2019 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Lineup Reveal tonight. The live announcement will be streamed on the Festival's page and WBCM - Radio Bristol's YouTube page too. Also, listen live at https://www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/radio/listen-live/radio-bristol-wbcm-lp/.

Watch the LIVE broadcast of the 2019 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Lineup Reveal at 5:30 pm EST from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in downtown Bristol, VA.

04/24/2019
The Ballad of Shirley Collins promo

"When all other forms of music have gone, folk music will still be there," said English graphic novelist Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta). "These unique voices, unique songs that would not have survived if it were not for Shirley. She has kept that entire tradition alive."

Join us at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. for the fascinating documentary "The Ballad of Shirley Collins."

A host of musical greats give their thoughts on Shirley Collins and the forthcoming feature documentary about her life. Featuring Billy Bragg, Jeff Tweedy of...

On Sunday we'll host a very special event with ETSU Gospel Choir In Concert at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum! T...
04/22/2019

On Sunday we'll host a very special event with ETSU Gospel Choir In Concert at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum! Ticket holders will also have the opportunity to tour the I Have a Voice: Tennessee's African-American Musical Heritage special exhibit, which ends on April 30th. Tickets on sale now: https://bit.ly/2Ic9cz4

Still tickets available for Radio Bristol Premieres Merle Monroe Album Release show! Purchase online here: https://bit.l...
04/22/2019

Still tickets available for Radio Bristol Premieres Merle Monroe Album Release show! Purchase online here:
https://bit.ly/2Fb1qCo

Wishing you a wonderful Easter, filled with peace and happiness.
04/21/2019

Wishing you a wonderful Easter, filled with peace and happiness.

04/20/2019
Ken Burns’ Country Music Comes to Bristol

Last month, filmmaker Ken Burns visited the Birthplace of Country Music Museum to kick off promotion for his latest documentary,Country Music. Check out what Ken and Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show had to say about the Museum and the impact of the 1927 Bristol Sessions.
🎥: Loch & Key Productions

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will be closed this Sunday in observance of the Easter holiday. We hope you enjoy...
04/19/2019

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will be closed this Sunday in observance of the Easter holiday. We hope you enjoy this time with your families.

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Lineup Reveal coming next Wednesday!!!! Stay tuned!
04/18/2019

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Lineup Reveal coming next Wednesday!!!! Stay tuned!

Unfortunately we have to cancel tonight's Wordloose: Teen poetry experience. We are sorry that we won't get the opportun...
04/17/2019

Unfortunately we have to cancel tonight's Wordloose: Teen poetry experience. We are sorry that we won't get the opportunity to get creative with words, but hope to do a similar event in the future!

Unfortunately we have to cancel tonight's Wordloose: Teen poetry experience. We are sorry that we won't get the opportunity to get creative with words, but hope to do a similar event in the future!

Tickets to the exciting 1927 Society Concert Series season are on sale now to 1927 Society Members! June 22: UpstateAug....
04/17/2019

Tickets to the exciting 1927 Society Concert Series season are on sale now to 1927 Society Members!

June 22: Upstate
Aug. 24: Hank, Pattie & The Current
Nov. 23: Front Country

This is an exclusive ticket pre-sale only available to members of the 1927 Society. Learn more about the benefits of membership here: http://supportbcm.org/

Discount pre-sale tickets to The RTE 23 Listening Room Presents Hello October! are on sale now! Order yours online today...
04/15/2019

Discount pre-sale tickets to The RTE 23 Listening Room Presents Hello October! are on sale now! Order yours online today and save at the door!

https://bit.ly/2VH82iW

Same date, new time! Radio Bristol Premieres Merle Monroe show has been moved up to 4:00 p.m. EST! Tickets on sale now!h...
04/12/2019

Same date, new time! Radio Bristol Premieres Merle Monroe show has been moved up to 4:00 p.m. EST! Tickets on sale now!

https://bit.ly/2Fb1qCo

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