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Bristol Rhythm & Roots 2010 Line-Up

Photo Courtesy: Virginia Intermont College Photography Department
September 14, 2010
Among the line-up of incredible talent at this year's festival there are more Grammy & IBMA winners than ever, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, some of the hottest touring bands in the industry and — as expected — a roster of the best unsigned talent the region has to offer. Fans of alt-country touring paragon Drive-By Truckers will also satisfy their appetite for edge with Todd Snider w/ Great American Taxi, Dr. Dog and The Felice Brothers. Die-hard bluegrass lovers will wear out their boots scootin’ to Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Del McCoury, the Joe Diffie Bluegrass Band, The Gibson Brothers, Cadillac Sky, Blue Highway and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.

If you were country when country wasn’t cool, John-Just-A-Swingin’ Anderson, James Hand and Dale Watson go down as smooth as Kentucky bourbon. We're proud to announce the return of festival favorites The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Revolutionaries among a new generation of Piedmont blues artistis, CCD has aided in reviving a musical genre that once was in danger of being lost. Phil Wiggins, one half of the legendary duo Cephas & Wiggins, returns to BRRR following the mournful loss John Cephas, his musical partner for more than 30 years. Notable D.C. area "Hokum" blues man Rick Franklin will accompany Wiggins for what promises to be a knee-slappin', toe-tappin' time!

Hip dwellers of the undergound will certainly appreciate the appearance of Tommy Ramone—the last surviving member of punk legends The Ramones ( Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, 2002)—with his new roots duo Uncle Monk. The kitch crowd will dig on cult icon Unknown Hinson. The self-proclaimed King of Country Western Troubadours' campy persona and comical music is actually very well-known partially due to his hilarious voice-over character Early Cuyler of Adult Swim's animated comedy Squidbillies.

Add Cadillac Sky, The Infamous Stringdusters, Michelle Malone, Missy Raines & The New Hip, Sarah Jarosz, and Larry Cordle among approximately 180 artists performing on 22 stages over this three day event and you've got one huge birthday blow-out! Let's not forget to mention that for $40 weekend pass you're getting the biggest musical bang for your buck you'll ever find!

BRRR 2010 Chili Cook-Off & Tasting Cancelled

September 15, 2010
Entrants of this year's Chili Cook-Off at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion have been informed of the event's cancellation this year. The Cook-Off has been in existence at the festival since 2003.

"It's unfortunate," says BRRR Executive Director Leah Ross, " but we just couldn't make it work. Demands on logistics and a lower number of entries both factored in our decision to cancel."

"Saturday is obviously the largest day for The Reunion and there's a lot to compete with," says festival Marketing Director Charlene Tipton Baker, "we have some new attractions like the Cornhole Tournament and The Rockin' Stroll, plus the Children's event with our 10th year birthday celebration. It's going to be huge. Consider all these things, plus the demands for space and electricity — the Cook-Off may have been put on the back burner, so to speak."

"Saturday at 8:30am may be a bit too early for contestants to start cooking after enjoying the festival late on Friday night," says Aleeta Gent, owner of All Journeys Travel, sponsor and organizer of the Chili Cook-Off.

Ross says an effort will be made to re-evaluate the event and its needs after this year's festival.

BRRR 2010 Cornhole Tournament T-Shirt Giveaway/Deadline for Entries

September 15, 2010
The deadline is fast approaching to enter the inaugural Cornhole Tournament at BRRR 2010, hosted by Young Professionals of Bristol.

The tournament takes place Saturday of the festival, September 18th, 2010. Games will begin at 2:30pm and take place in the parking lot across from the Country Music Mural Stage in the 800 block of State Street.

More than $1,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. The entry fee is $30 per team, and each participant must purchase a Saturday or weekend pass to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in order to compete.

The first 25 teams to enter will receive a free t-shirt. The deadline for entry is Friday, September 17th at noon. To register, visit For more information, call 423-360-8900.

The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Cornhole Tournament is sponsored by Honey Do Services. Proceeds will benefit BRRR.

BRRR 2010 Signed Guitar Givaway!

BRRR & Morrell Music will be giving away a Yamaha Gigmaker Acoustic Deluxe Pack signed by artists who will be playing BRRR 2010! To enter, all you have to do is take our BRRR TouchPoll survey at the festival. Other items will be given away to random survey-takers, gift certificates to Downtown restaurants, T-shirts, merch, etc so it's even more incentive to take the poll!

To take our survey, go to the TouchPoll tent located on the Virginia side of State Street in front of Short Sheet Fabrics near the Piedmont Stage. The survey of about 30 questions will be short & sweet...AND you get to give us your feedback on bands you'd like to see at the festival!

The signed guitar pack will be announced on the Monday following the festival. Entrants so not have to be present to win.

Morrell Music has donated The Yamaha Gigmaker Acoustic Deluxe Pack retailing at $309.99. With the acoustic guitar, the pack comes with a die cast tuner, protective gig bag, digital chromatic tuner, a guitar lessons DVD, guitar strap and extra strings. Over the course of the weekend, festival headlining artists will be asked to sign the guitar making the gift PRICELESS!

So come on down, take our survey and ENTER TO WIN!!!

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion achieves exciting award!

September 14, 2010
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion achieves Southeast Tourism Society's Shining Example Award for Top 20 Event/Festival of the Year!

It's one week before BRRR 2010. The phones in the festival office are ringing off their hooks, volunteers scurry about sorting merchandise and running errands, and everyone is busy, busy, busy tying up loose ends before the BIG EVENT. Today is among the busiest of them all, a presentation at the Chamber of Commerce's early breakfast, press interviews and a sponsor dinner in the evening.

Last Thursday night hundreds of tourism professionals from across 12 southeast states gathered at The Hyatt Regency in beautiful Downtown Greenville for the Southeast Tourism Society's Shining Example Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of a number of tourism organizations for their successes.

Through a nomination process, The Southeast Tourism Society recognizes outstanding contributions in tourism from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, both Carolinas, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

"We have been trying to get on that top 20 events list for several years now," says an ecstatic Ross, "so I finally decided to try for the big one — and we WON!"

"The big one" she refers to is the STS's 2010 Shining Example Award for the Top 20 Event/Festival of the Year — that's right, the entire year. There are two categories for the honor, for events with attendance of under and over 100,000 attendees.

"We were in the same company with Shining Example winners from huge tourist locations like Pigeon Forge and Myrtle Beach. To receive this honor from your peers speaks volumes about our region and how far we've come as a festival." says Ross. "We are so fortunate to have so much support from our cities of Bristol, our generous sponsors and the hundreds of volunteers who work so hard to keep this event affordable for families so they'll keep returning. They are why we have achieved such level of success. This award is for all of them and we are grateful for everything they've given to us over the years."

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion happens Friday, September 17-19th, and features 22 stages of live music with more than 180 acts. Festival tickets are available at the gate for $40 Weekend Pass, $25 Friday Pass, $30 Saturday Pass, and $15 Sunday Pass.

Southeast Tourism Society promotes economic development through travel and sustainable tourism in 12 states of the American Southeast. Members represent a spectrum of travel industry businesses.They work together in education, advocacy and marketing to ensure the positive impact and professionalism of tourism in the region. Founded in 1983, the organization's headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia.

Downtown Bristol Blog

State Street Farmers Market to be Closed During Festival

September 14, 2010
It is that time of year again! The Rhythm and Roots Festival is gearing up for the weekend of September 17-19, 2010. Every street corner and music venue in the city will be filled to capacity with musicians and fans. With this in mind the State Street Farmers Market will step aside for the weekend to allow the music to begin in earnest at the crack of dawn in the Downtown Center. The market will re-open to its customers on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 7:00 A.M.. Please join our local farmers in our fall market season that ends October 30th.

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September 13, 2010
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Upcoming Events

Crooked Road Royalty on display at Bristol Public Library

September 01 - 30, 2010

Nate Najar tickets now available

September 09 - 16, 2010

Boardwine, Simmons Featured at 606 Gallery

September 15 - October 15, 2010

State Street Farmers Market

September 15, 2010

Wine Down Wednesday

September 15, 2010

Beading Pizzazz at Whimsical Gems and Treasures

September 15, 2010

Rhythm and Roots Kick-off at KP Duty

September 16, 2010

Painting class at blowfish emporium

September 16, 2010

Ribbone Cutting Ceremony at 606 State Street Gallery

September 16, 2010

The Stereofidelics to perform at O'Mainnins

September 16, 2010

BOOK SIGNING — Authors "BUD" PHILLIPS & JOE TENNIS at Whimsical Gems and Treasures

September 16, 2010

Fused Glass for Beginners

September 16, 2010

Bonfire Way to perform at The Downtown Center

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

Wine Tasting at Inari Wines

September 18, 2010

Cornhole Tournament at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion

September 18, 2010

A tribute to Tennessee Ernie Ford

September 19, 2010

Youth Acting Classes at Theatre Bristol

September 20 - October 25, 2010

Barter Theatre's Forever Plaid at The Paramount

September 21, 2010

The Nevermore Book Club

September 21, 2010

Sigmon Stringers

September 21, 2010

Painting class at blowfish emporium

September 21, 2010

Nate Najar performing at Machiavelli's

September 22, 2010

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