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The Birthplace of Country Music

By Linda Tancs

Imagine being able to step into the shoes of some of the first families of country music and record your own rendition of the songs that launched their careers.  You can do that at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.  Located at the junction between Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, it’s officially recognized by Congress as the birthplace of country music.  The museum’s mission is to preserve and promote the 1927 recording sessions of legends like Jimmie Rogers and the Carter family, an event that Johnny Cash hailed as a seminal event in country music history.  Even the Library of Congress has ranked the “Bristol Sessions” as one of the 50 most significant events in the history of recorded music.   A special exhibition honoring the Carters runs through 28 February.

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