The American musical consciousness experienced a seismic shift in 1927 when Ralph Peer brought his recording equipment to Bristol, Tennessee. During what are now known as The Bristol Sessions, Peer recorded folks like Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family, musicians who have become icons in traditional American folk music, and Bristol soon became known as "The Birthplace of Country Music."
Now, Bristol celebrates its role in the origins of country music each September with the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion. Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2010, the Reunion brings music fans from across the globe to State Street to hear the best folk, country, Americana, roots rock, and bluegrass musicians in the business.
Artists scheduled to perform at the 2010 festival are The Del McCoury Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Cadillac Sky, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Darrell Scott Trio, The Gibson Brothers, The Box Cars, Carolina Chocolate Drops, 18 South, Hoots & Hellmouth, James Hand, Dale Watson, Phil Wiggins & Rick Franklin, Yarn, The Devil Makes Three, The Deep Dark Woods, Joy Kills Sorrow, Sarah Jarosz, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Hot Seats, The New Familiars, Kelley and The Cowboys, Derek Hoke, Boulder Acoustic Society, The Drunk Uncles, Two Man Gentleman Band, Shotgun Party, Brian McGee & The Hollow Speed, Possum Jenkins, Larry Cordle, The Black Lillies and many others.
Weekend passes are currently available for $40. Information on artists, tickets, accommodations, and much more can be found at www.bristolrhythm.com.