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Bristol's Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Updated on April 13, 2013

It isn’t just a music festival...

If you like Country and/or Blue Grass music, you must head towards Bristol TN/VA this weekend for the annual BRRR or more formally, Bristol’s Rhythm & Roots Reunion held this coming weekend in the twin cities of Bristol.Just what is this celebration I am speaking of you might ask… well it “isn’t just a music festival. It’s an infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul—“ , I couldn’t have said it better myself.The point is, my hometown is expecting an additional 45,000 visitors this weekend and I’m just trying to get the word out just in case a few more might want to join in and I just heard on the local news that registration is up and this could be a ‘banner year’ for attendance.During the third weekend each September, the very core of the city is revved up to the ‘beat’ of this addictive style of music from the past, the present and even new or future hits not yet released to the thrill of spectators gathered around to hear and enjoy. This event started during October of 2001 and only a few thousand attended.The festival grows in popularity each year and last year the attendance had grown to 45,000 for the 10th anniversary and like I say, it looks like this year is set to be even larger as visitors from around the world now know of its tradition.

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There’s going to be 25 stages set up throughout the downtown, 150 bands and there will be dancing in the streets to some real fine fiddle & guitar playing.The BRRR is set to kick off a 1 PM on Friday the 16th and is set to close at 7 PM on Sunday, the 18th.A few years back a 5K Road Race was introduced and later a 2 mile ‘Fun Walk’ was also added.Last year for the 10th anniversary the race alone drew a record 680 participants.The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is listed as a 501(C) 3, non-profit organization and as such is dedicated to keeping the price for tickets at a bare minimum.Most of the people helping with the directions and parking are volunteers and the festival itself relies heavily on local help as well as fundraising and funds from various grants to make all this come about each year. The organizers say that they feel extremely fortunate to have the volunteers, and also works closely with other non-profit groups on joint projects in direct support of Bristol’s downtown and music tourism associations throughout the whole tri-cities region.

The Birthplace of Country Music

Everyone knows that Nashville Tennessee holds claim to the Home of Country Music , but it is Bristol that holds the unique distinction of being the undisputed birthplace of Country Music and that all started on the main street of the city, State Street by name in 1927 when Ralph Peer a talent scout discovered and recorded such notables as; the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest Stoneman and others for the Victor Talking Machine Company. These were the first Country Music Phonograph records.There have been many other famous recording stars that have originated or give tribute to this section of the country for their entry into the field of Country and/or Bluegrass Music.

© 2011 SamSonS

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    Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

    *Hey Dave, so glad to have you check in as number one response. I'm with you Bro, done the music thing for around sixty years now and agree 100% on the 'Rap' scene. None of that at RBBB though...

    *Hey Quill, good to see you again and glad to hear that you enjoyed my latest hub. Come on down and we'll catch a few shows this weekend.

    blessings to you both...

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    "Quill Again" 6 years ago

    Great sound... enjoyed tis very much... will be watching and check in with iTunes...

    Blessings and Hugs

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    Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

    samsons1: As you know my brother, I am a great fan of most music. As a choral singer I have enjoyed performing almost all forms from Classical, to Broadway, to Rock & Roll. I do enjoy Country. There is but one genre of music I do not consider to be music and hate hearing and refuse to listen to and that's "Rap" or as I call it "Crap". This is not music but noise.