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New museum celebrates country music's roots
The new Birthplace of Country Music Museum is open in Bristol, VA.
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00:00 Well two years ago plans were announced to build a
00:02 museum and Bristol to celebrate its role as the birthplace of
00:06 country music they talked about it for a long time. Well
00:09 it's got its name from the Bristol sessions switched introduced the
00:12 world to music from the Carter family Jimmie Rodgers among others
00:16 on this weekend. That museum will open a huge celebration is
00:20 planned. And JJ has more. -- We'll ask anyone the best
00:26 place to record a country music record nine out of ten
00:29 will probably say Nashville Tennessee but true this may be where
00:32 country music lives. However it's not necessarily where it was born
00:36 of. Nashville is the home of the recording industry for country
00:39 music in his very very significant. Bristol tells that story of
00:43 that early recording industry. Back in 1927 recordings were made in
00:47 Bristol known as the crystal -- seeing a collection of what
00:50 may refer to at the time as hillbilly music and. Bristol
00:54 and that was one of those first. Locations session recordings. And
00:58 also one of the first commercially successful. According that this hillbilly
01:03 music isn't the first time that the Carter family is according
01:06 to the first time that Jimmie Rodgers is recorded and a
01:09 lot of people look back at those -- sessions and the
01:12 very influential and in the country music and industry and we
01:16 know today. Now visitors can experience Bristol is not in history
01:19 had the birthplace of country music museum the museum is marrying
01:23 him in active. When and how -- busy Bristol sessions listening
01:28 station you're. And it mom had -- army wasn't paying any
01:32 -- and he. Other attractions include vintage equipment and instruments like
01:37 this Martin guitar signed by Johnny Cash and a few other
01:40 notable musicians. Many stations allow guests to engulf themselves and the
01:44 music experience with touch screens sound editing and even a chance
01:47 to record your own single. He had rebuilt in 1940. Radio
01:59 console from -- and will be able to broadcast team ending
02:03 his condit's home. But what's inside has been building for close
02:09 to nine decades I think -- Two musicians from around the
02:13 world even today the end blues musicians Iraq musicians -- country
02:17 musicians. Good musicians look into the past and listened to all
02:21 of recordings to get a lot of their materials to get
02:24 their influence and really understand the history. Have the music that
02:28 they're playing and I think it's just hard at that. All
02:34 right Ralph Stanley gonna be there as well going to be
02:36 a big celebration tomorrow.
Ask anyone the best place to record a country music record and 9 out of 10 will probably say Nashville Tennessee. True, this may be where country music lives, however it's not necessarily where it was born.
Back in 1927, recordings were made in Bristol known as The Bristol Sessions, a collection of what many referred to at the time as hillbilly music.
Now visitors can experience Bristol's notch in history at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The museum is very interactive with highlights like the Bristol Sessions listening station. Other attractions include vintage equipment and instruments along with many stations allowing guests to engulf themselves in the music experience with touch screen sound editing and even a chance to record your own single.
The museum is now open in downtown Bristol.
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