Nashville is known to many around the world as the home of country music.
Most people from East Tennessee know that Knoxville was the cradle.
And Bristol is where country music was born.
Nashville knows the history.
Back in the summer of 1927, one man in a warehouse changed the face of music as we know it.
"Mr. Peer had pioneered the technique of field recording finding artists to record he moved from Okeh records to victor records. He had recorded Ernest Stoneman when he went out on the road with Victor. He hadn't decided on a third city. You ought to go to Bristol. There is some untapped talent there. He's the one that talked him into going to Bristol," Kevin Lamb with Peermusic in Nashville said. "One of the reasons Mr. Peer went with Victor in the first place they designed something called the orthophonic microphone."
The invention of the microphone enabled the common man to make recordings. The next step was finding the musicians.
"That man ran an article in the local paper. Mr. Peer showed up in Bristol they drove down there they rented a space on the second floor of a warehouse," Lamb said.
In a borrowed car with a pregnant family member singer A.P. Carter drove 26 miles on dirt roads to get to Bristol.
"The Carter family was significant in many ways Sarah Carter was the first commercially successful female recording artist in any genre. Sarah was the first to step out there as a female artists and as a songwriter. That was like the initial cannon of the country music industry when Johnny Cash met Bob Dylan," he said.
Some of the other musicians to come out of the sessions were Jimmie Rogers, Blue Ridge Corn Shuckers, and Ernest Stoneman.
The Carter family would change the sound of music in many ways.
"Maybelle Carter's style of playing guitar... Carter scratch plucked out the rhythm with the thumb on the bass strings. Sounded like there were two guitar players technique that went into rock blues," he said. "There were certainly a lot of hit records prior to the Bristol sessions but certainly the recordings that Mr. Peer made in Bristol particularly on Jimmy Rogers and the Carter family is considered to be the birth of the industry as we know it today."
Money from the sessions went to Maybelle Carter getting a Gibson guitar which now resides in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
Country music was changed by one man and a orthophonic microphone in a Bristol warehouse. It is a history rich in lore and lyrics.
"There are an awful lot of talented people out there. It might not be the same and we might not be where we are. It is a lifestyle, it is a music that people identify with, it was bound to happen. Mr. Peer was just the catalyst," he said.