Journeys of Discovery: Bristol, Tennessee, birthplace of country music
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.
Join correspondent Tom Wilmer in downtown Bristol, Tennessee for a visit with Charlene Baker, communications specialist at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.
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