The Birthplace of Country Music showcases Bristol – from both the Tennessee and Virginia sides – role in the birth and development of country music through the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, WBCM Radio Bristol, and a multitude of community and educational outreach programs.
Upcoming events and specials include:
-Radio Bristol’s Farm and Fun Time, featuring C.W. Stoneking and Vaden Landers Band at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9. Tickets are $30 and are available through the BCM website at https://www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/.
-The Abingdon Music Experience’s January Jams with the first performance 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 10. BCM is a partner of this concert series coming to the Barter Theatre. The series showcases nationally recognized artists on Friday and Saturday throughout January with the first performance by Del McCoury and The Traveling McCourys. Future performances include Sierra Hull, The Collection, Penny & Sparrow, Charley Crockett and Lilly Hiatt.
-There will be a film screening of “Rising Voices” 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16. Join the BCM for a free screening of the award-winning documentary film Rising Voices/Hothaninpi: Revitalizing the Lakota Language at the museum. The screening is complimentary programming to our current special exhibit American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart.
-A community jam should bring out a variety of musicians wanting to share in the experience 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18. Join the BCM for its monthly gathering of local musicians for a full-on community jam session. This month will be hosted by Mackenzie Henley.
The live radio program, “The Radio Bristol Book Club,” will be 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 23. Tune in to WBCM Radio Bristol as the Book Club explores Gone Home: Race and Roots through Appalachia by Karida L. Brown.
-Tennessee Songwriters Week qualifying round beins 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1. The Birthplace of Country Music is excited to partner with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development to be a venue for qualifying rounds for Tennessee Songwriters Week.
-Registration for a children’s Summer Camp 2020 is open now. Pick Along Summer Camps give kids the opportunity to learn more about Bristol’s music legacy, the basics of an instrument, work on project with WBCM Radio Bristol, and more.
For more information about the Birthplace of Country Music, located at 101 Country Music Way in Bristol, Virginia, call 423-573-1927.