“Pretty soon, people around the world will know that Bristol is the birthplace of country music,” said Leah Ross, the new facility’s executive director.
“What happened in 1927 impacted all kinds of genres of American popular music,” added museum director/curator Jessica Turner. By opening the state-of-the-art museum and re-branding Bristol as The Birthplace of Country Music, the city hopes to benefit from music tourism, just as Nashville and Memphis do.
“The economic impact of this museum is $50 million over the next five years,” declared Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. “Tourism is the No. 2 industry in Tennessee,” agreed Tennessee Commissioner of Tourism Development Susan Whitaker. “It has had a $16.2 billion impact over the past seven years.”
In April, 1889, the Bristol-Goodson Water Company, then just completing their plant on the Tennessee side, desired to extend their water-mains to the Virginia side. This evoked a loud protest from the Virginia authorities and public.
Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times by Dr. Ralph Stanley with Eddie Dean (781.642 STA Main) Please welcome guest reviewer Jeanne Powers, who reviews books regularly for the Reference Department on the Bristol Public Library [TN/VA] site. Jeanne’s from Dickenson County, VA. “I used to watch Mr. Cartoon from Huntington after school,” she […]
Yes, Nashville has the Grand Ole Opry and the big name recording artists. But Bristol, the town that straddles the Tennessee/Virginia border, stakes its claim as the birthplace of country music. And lately Bristol’s been working hard at capitalizing on that fact. This weekend, for example, the town expects 40,000 country and bluegrass music fans […]