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Bristol VA/TN—resonating with America’s musical soul for a Century

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Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, VA.

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, VA for a conversation with Dr. Rene Rodgers, head curator and Leah Ross, Executive Director. We’ll then visit with Kris Truelsen, WBCM Radio Bristol’s Program Manager located in the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Truelsen is also host of the PBS television show, Farm and Fun Time.

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Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival Kick-Off concert at Lumac rooftop bar at the Bristol Hotel in Virginia.

We’ll then meet up with Matt Bolas, Executive Director with Explore Bristol.

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Downtown Bristol VA/TN at the Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival

Last but by no means least a visit with Joe Deel, the owner of Bristol’s legendary Burger Bar—the last place music legend, 29 year-old Hank Williams was seen alive before his tragic death in Oak Hills, West Virginia, January 1, 1953.

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The legendary Burger Bar in downtown Bristol, VA.

Funding for Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer is provided by the Foundation at Hearst Castle Conserving the past to inspire future generations of dreamers and preserving the legacy of Julia Morgan.

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Experience authentically curated historical events that recreate what it was like to be a guest of William Randolph Hearst—click here to learn more about becoming a supporting member of the Foundation at Hearst Castle.

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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