Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Thomas Wilmer

Country music leapt from the front porches of Appalachia to the living rooms of the world back in 1927. 

The Victor Talking Machine Company’s producer Ralph Peer came to Bristol, Tennessee in the summer of 1927 to record regional Appalachian balladeers, gospel singers, blues artists—performers like Jimmy Rodgers and the Carter Family. Peer’s 1927 Bristol Sessions also introduced the royalty system to the music industry.

Travel correspondent, Tom Wilmer visits a new museum scheduled to open this summer. He talks with Dr. Jessica Turner, Director and Chief Curator at the new Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Tennessee. The museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, dedicated to telling the story of the musical and cultural heritage of the region, its role in the birth and development of country music, and its influence on music around the world.