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Bristol Sessions Weekend

March 07, 2011

Dr. Ted Olson, professor and former director of ETSU's Appalachian, Scottish, Irish Studies Program, has written a book about the Bristol Sessions to accompany a five-CD boxed set, The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928, produced by Bear Records.

Each set has a copy of Olson's 120-page book providing detailed information about the sessions, including photos, biographies, discographies, lyrics, label shots, and payment ledgers for the artists.

Several years ago Olson, along with the late Charles K. Wolfe, edited The Bristol Sessions: Writings About the Big Bang of Country Music, published by McFarland and Co., Inc. in 2005. Recently, the University of Tennessee Press appointed Olson as book series editor of the new Charles K. Wolfe American Music Series. Olson also edited the music section for The Encyclopedia of Appalachia. That section, released by the UT Press in 2006, is scheduled for reissue in March in an expanded online edition.

Related Events: Lecture & Concert

• Lecture Mar. 12: In conjunction with the release of the recordings, Dr. Olson will talk about the Bristol Sessions at 3 p.m. at the Bristol Public Library. He will be joined by Bear Records founder Richard Weize. Although the box set will not officially be released until Mar. 12, Bear Family has agreed to let BCMA sell the first 250 as collector's items. Each boxed set will be numbered and have a certificate of authenticity. These limited edition sets will be available for $150 on orders taken through March 11. After that date, the boxed sets will sell for $180. 276-645-0111, www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org

• Music Mar. 13: The festivities will culminate with a taping of the Mountain Stage Radio Show with Larry Groce at 7 p.m. at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Performers will include the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dale Jett and John Carter Cash. $30. 423-274-8920, www.theparamountcenter.com.