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Mountain Music Museum and Pickin' Porch coming to State Street


Photo Earl Neikirk/Bristol Herald Courier Fall Creek Band plays music pror to the announcement that the Mountain Music Museum is moving to downtown Bristol.
November 21, 2012
Check out this article BY DAVID McGEE | BRISTOL HERALD COURIER

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Echoes and artifacts of this region’s country music heritage will soon be on display on State Street.

The Appalachian Cultural Music Association will relocate its Mountain Music Museum from the Bristol Mall to the former Sassy Bags location at 626 State St., association co-founder Tim White said Tuesday.

In addition, the nonprofit association’s weekly live Pickin’ Porch music shows will move from the mall to the second floor of the Foundation at 620 State and be broadcast live on the radio and Internet.

“We’ll be moving to downtown Bristol,” White said. “We’ve been negotiating with [property owner] Allen Hurley for about nine months. Allen approached us, he visited our museum in the mall and we had some great conversations.”

About 50 people gathered at the future museum site Tuesday for the formal announcement.

Hurley, who developed a restaurant, bar and meeting facilities inside the adjacent former H.P. King building, said he had more than 80 inquiries about leasing the space where the museum will locate, but he believes the museum and live music will provide an important attraction.

“We’re really excited to have the ACMA in downtown Bristol. Our whole goal has been to develop economic development and jobs for downtown Bristol,” Hurley said. “The ability to have the ACMA here with their museum and the Pickin’ Porch positions Bristol so much better for future growth. It’s one more cog in the wheel.”

Work has already begun on the new space and the museum is expected to open next spring. Live music shows will continue at the mall through December on Thursday nights and switch to Mondays in the new downtown location beginning Jan. 14.

The existing museum displays will move downtown and plans call for adding digital media and large-screen TVs in the 3,200-square-foot space, Hurley said. It will also include a gift shop.

Both the museum and live shows will continue to be available at no charge.

“We decided to underwrite the building and give them [ACMA] the facility and help with some of the build-out as well to move the construction along,” Hurley said. “This has to be downtown. With the BCMA heritage center and now the ACMA, this will bring more people downtown. It was a no-brainer for us.”

The Birthplace of Country Music recently announced work will begin soon on its $10.5 million music museum on nearby Cumberland Street.

“We look forward to working with everyone, maybe more than we have in the past. I think we’re all one big happy family. All we need to do is communicate a little bit more,” White said.

Having a live show originate downtown is “monumental,” Hurley said.

“That is the first live weekly bluegrass and old-time country music show that will be here every single week. There’s 125 to 200 people who show up every single week. We believe that will grow and we hope it will build economic development for our region,” he added.

Plans also call for moving the entrance to inside the Foundation and redesigning the museum building’s front to accommodate a radio broadcast studio for Top Gun Radio, which is heard on 870 AM and 100.7 FM, Hurley said.

“We’re trying to work out the details to bring live radio broadcast studios to the museum,” Matthew Hill, vice president of operations for Appalachian Radio Group, said. “It’s something we’re really excited about, to be able to hear the music of our region and our culture broadcast live on State Street.”

dmcgee@bristolnews.com, (276) 645-2532

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