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Royal Exhibit at the Bristol Public Library Cruises Down the Crooked Road Music Trail

September 01, 2010
Southwest Virginians have an ear for music, and the new exhibit at the Bristol Public Library showcases the long history of picking and singing in the mountains. Crooked Road Royalty will be displayed in the Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery during the month of September.

Crooked Road Royalty highlights the careers of the Hill Billies, the Stoneman Family, the Carter Family, and the Stanley Brothers, four Virginian powerhouse groups that helped build the American country music industry. The exhibit includes rare film footage and photographs of historic Crooked Road musicians.

Today’s country musicians know their debt to Southwest Virginia’s musical royalty. In the 1920s the Hill Billies gave their name to an entire form of American music, and the Stoneman Family added over 200 recordings to the nation’s song bag. In the 1930s and early ‘40s the Carter Family’s sentimental songs soothed the country in hard times, and the Stanley Brothers put an old-time mountain legacy on bluegrass.

“The story of American country music is filled with singers and pickers from the Crooked Road region,” says Andrew Pauly, exhibit researcher. “Even today’s young country music stars know songs that were first recorded by the early Southwest Virginia artists.”

Crooked Road Royalty and Musical Styles Along the Crooked Road will travel to numerous venues in Southwest Virginia and beyond in the coming years. The exhibits have been produced by the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum, for the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, with funding from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification & Community Revitalization Commission.

Crooked Road Royalty runs through the month of September in the Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery at the Bristol Public Library. The hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 9am — 8pm, Friday and Saturday, 9am — 5pm, and Sunday, 2pm-5pm.

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The FINAL Border Bash...Because Its' Great on State concert of the summer!

September 03, 2010
Border Bash season has reached its conclusion and Believe in Bristol, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance are excited to promote our EIGHTH and last Border Bash...Because Its Great on State, summer concert series in Historic Downtown Bristol. As always, the evening’s events on September 3 will start with children’s activities, crafters, and concessions at 6PM, LIVE music begins at 7:00PM with Hoots and Hellmouth, followed by The Joshua Panda Band starting at approximately 8:30PM. Event organizers want to remind people that State Street remains the best place to be on Friday nights. “We have been thrilled with the enthusiasm and turn out of the folks for Border Bash. It has been a busy but fantastic summer here on State Street,” says Christina Blevins, Executive Director of Believe in Bristol.
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Believe in Bristol thanks area banks for continued support!

September 01, 2010
The Bankers’ Reception and Awards Ceremony pays tribute to the substantial support and financial commitments that local banks have pledged to our downtown community. With their support, Believe in Bristol has been able to make progressive strides towards the revitalization of Historic Downtown Bristol.
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The winners of the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Rock Your Window contest are.....

September 01, 2010
The winners of the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Rock Your Window contest were announced at Border Bash last Friday evening.
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Upcoming Events

Crooked Road Royalty on display at Bristol Public Library

September 01 - 30, 2010

Adult Art Journaliing

September 01, 2010

Fused Glass for Beginners

September 02, 2010

Border Bash...Because It's Great on State

September 03, 2010

Downtown Celebrate Bristol Car Cruise-In at Tri Summit Bank

September 03, 2010

State Street Farmers Market

September 04, 2010

Bristol Drum Circle

September 05, 2010

The Nevermore Book Club at Bristol Public Library

September 07, 2010

Fern Valley Farm September Herb Cooking Class

September 08, 2010

Warner on Your Corner

September 08, 2010

Silhouettes at The Pink Zebra

September 09, 2010

Fused glass for beginners

September 09, 2010

In the Mood — Swing Dance!

September 10, 2010

Downtown Celebrate Bristol Car Cruise-In at Tri Summit Bank

September 10, 2010

Tickets for Steep Canyon Rangers performance at The Paramount on sale today

September 10, 2010

State Street Farmers Market

September 11, 2010

Tim Hawkins, comedian at The Paramount Center

September 11, 2010

Bristol Public Library's Discovery Series 2010 Continues with News Journalist Mika Brzezinski

September 11, 2010

The Nevermore Book Club

September 14, 2010

Rhythm and Roots Kick-off at KP Duty

September 16, 2010

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion

September 17 - 19, 2010

Wine Luck at State Street Gallery

September 17, 2010

Downtown Celebrate Bristol Car Cruise-In at Tri Summit Bank

September 17, 2010

Cornhole Tournament at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion

September 18, 2010

A tribute to Tennessee Ernie Ford

September 19, 2010

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