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Orthophonic Joy Winner Announced!

July 28, 2014
Birthplace of Country Music surprised a student on the campus of Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, VA Thursday when, in front of an auditorium filled with people, they announced the winner of the Orthophonic Joy Music Contest was seated among them.

Corbin Hayslett, a student at the University of Virginia's College at Wise and an instructor at MECC's Mountain Music School, was attending the summer program's Master Musician's concert in the Goodloe Auditorium when BCM executive director Leah Ross called him to the stage. As Hayslett accepted his award, the room burst into applause.

For the past several weeks Birthplace of Country Music's Facebook page has been buzzing with activity. Musicians from all over the country have been posting dozens of music videos, all entries for the Orthophonic Joy Music Contest.

The contest was a search to find one artist or band to join Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, a reimagining of the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions, the groundbreaking recordings that continue to inspire artists around the world.

Set for release in October, Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited features entertainment legend Dolly Parton, as well as country music stars Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and Ashley Monroe. The recording project includes 16 of the original songs from the Bristol Sessions. As Grand Prize winner of the contest, Hayslett, will travel to Nashville to record with the project's Grammy Award-winning Nashville producer, Carl Jackson (Mark Twain: Words & Music) to record the final track on the CD.

Believe in Bristol Unveils Brand New T-Shirt Design and Other Merchandise

July 29, 2014
Bristol, VA-TN (July 28, 2014) Following in the footsteps of last year’s quirky –and massively successful- “Bigfoot Believes in Bristol” t-shirt, Believe in Bristol is pleased to present its new UFO centric design. Conceptualized to be a part of a series of offbeat apparel, these shirts inject a heavy dose of fun into local pride. “I think that these shirts will go a long way toward attracting more young people to our great downtown. Personally, I can’t wait to get a shirt for myself,” says Tahita Haynes, Events Coordinator at Birthplace of Country Music. The design of the shirts was inspired by the iconic “I Want to Believe” poster from the now classic television show The X-Files. All artwork featured on the shirts was provided by Bristol native Joey Curcio. Curcio, a talented artist, also practices law at Curcio & Stout. Along with the new shirts Believe in Bristol will be offering several new items such as a yo-yo, themed pencils, magnets, and a plush cow. The new merchandise is available now at the Believe in Bristol office which will begin functioning 7 days a week as a Visitors Center starting August 1, 2014.

Believe in Bristol’s mission is to foster the collaborative vibrant nature of both Bristols by building a community of culture, lifestyle, heritage, music, and economy. Believe in Bristol strives to strengthen the heart and soul of our Historic Downtown and facilitate its future growth by implementing the Main Street Four Point Approach focusing on Organization, Design, Promotion and Economic Restructuring.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Grand Opening Weekend of Events

July 29, 2014
Friday, August 1

10:00am-6:00pm: Birthplace of Country Music Museum opens to the public (reduced admission $10). Located at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, across from Cumberland Square Park.

6:00pm: Free Border Bash Concert Series featuring Mustered Courage, The Deep Fried 5
Set in Historic Downtown Bristol, Border Bash takes place outdoors on the 400 & 500 blocks of State Street, one block from State . The evening’s events will start with children’s activities, crafters, and concessions at 6PM. Live music begins at 7:00PM with Mustered Courage followed up by The Deep Fried 5 around 8:30PM. As always, Border Bash is free to the public!

Saturday, August 2

All of Downtown gets into the act; decorating windows and staying open late. There will also be a Scavenger hunt, Buskers (street musicians), a Photo booth, Country music "idols", & more!

1:00pm — 2:00pm:
Grand Opening Event Ceremonies
Be part of the official ribbon cutting ceremony with legislators and members of our local government.

3:00pm-10:00pm: Birthplace of Country Music Museum open to the public(reduced admission $10).

3:00pm-10:00pm: Free Concert Event
Parts of Cumberland Street will be closed to traffic for lights, stage, and sound at the intersection of Lee Street. The performance schedule is as follows:

— Dr. Ralph Stanley
5:00pm — Orthophonic Joy Music Contest Winner
7:00pm — Carlene Carter & Jim Lauderdale
9:00pm — The Whistles & The Bells

Sunday, August 3

1:00pm — 5:00pm: Birthplace of Country Music open to the public (Admission $13 / Seniors, Students, Children, & Military $11)

: Mountain Stage with Larry Groce at The Paramount Center for the Arts (Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets on sale now $30
Carlene Carter
Doyle Lawson
Dale Jett
Martina McBride

Mountain Stage is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting and can be heard internationally on NPR.

606 State Street Gallery is now A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts!!

July 28, 2014
A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts Opening — August 1, 2014
606 State Street Gallery, home to over a dozen local artists, is now A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts! The artist-owned and artist-run business is located two doors up from the previous location, now on the corner at 600 State Street. Opening August 1st at 10am, with a Grand Opening Celebration on September 26th! |

A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts: "Meet the Artists" Grand Opening Celebration — September 26, 2014
A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts, opening August 1st, will host a "Meet the Artists" Grand Opening Celebration at their new 600 State Street location on September 26th from 3-7pm. Over a dozen artists from the gallery previously known as 606 State Street Gallery welcome you to see their new space and their newly-expanded selection.

Cooperative gallery membership at this time includes: Teresa Kath (President), Alexis Snyder (Vice President), Josh Shaffer (Secretary), Dan Grogan (Treasurer), Briana Morris (Board Member at Large), Ken Simmelink, Stephen Moles, Jacob Edwards, Bobby Hall, Virginia Hiss, June Henry, Jane Lawrence, Lorna Price, Dianna Raye Walker, David Hollander, and Michael Waddell.

Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol with Mustered Courage and The Deep Fried 5

July 28, 2014
Set in Historic Downtown Bristol, Border Bash continues on Friday August 1, 2014 in the 400 & 500 blocks of State Street. The evening’s events will start with children’s activities, crafters, and concessions at 6PM. Live music begins at 7:00PM with Mustered Courage followed up by The Deep Fried 5 around 8:30PM. As always, Border Bash is free to the public!
“The opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum celebrates the rich music heritage of this region. The Grand Opening weekend will be filled with music, and so it is wonderful that we can start it off with two great bands at Border Bash,” says Leah Ross, executive director of the Birthplace of Country Music.

Mustered Courage: Formed in 2010, Mustered Courage bridges the gap between traditional bluegrass and modern roots music. The band consist of three Aussies and a Texan who have risen to the top of Australia’s folk and roots scene, while also sweeping an enormous amount of fans off their feet abroad. Like Old Crow Medicine Show and The Avett Brothers, Mustered Courage breathes new life into the bluegrass scene with a style the appeals to both traditionalists and newcomers alike.

The Deep Fried 5: Out of their hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, Deep Fried 5 has been making funky, soulful music exploding with groove and attitude since 2008 – and they haven't looked back since. The group continues to grow and expand, pushing the envelope of a new progressive funk sound that has undertones of jazz, rock, soul, R&B, and blues, winning the love of different types of music fans through their performances. The approach of the Deep Fried 5 is to bring back the retro sounds of 60s soul and 70s funk, while incorporating a mixture of high-energy grooves and climactic jams.

Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music® and the Cities of Bristol. Border Bash would not be possible without our community support. Our sponsors in 2014 include Along Come Mary Interior Design – Mary Jane Miller, Alpha Natural Resources, Ann & John Tickle, Bank of Tennessee, Benjamin Walls Gallery, Blackbird Bakery, Blakley Mitchell Co., Brenda & John Fincher, Bristol Herald Courier, Bristol Virginia Utilities, Campbell Printing, Celebrate Bristol, Coca-Cola, Commonwealth Coal Corp., Cranberry Lane, Dent K. Burk CPA Firm, Doug & Amy Williams, Dr. and Ms. Bennett Cowan, Jr., Edward Jones Investments – Robert Hollo, Rob Simis, Brad Baker and Greg Fahn, Electric 94.9 FM, Express AV Productions, First Bank of Virginia, First Tennessee Foundation, Joe & Pam Kerr – Kerr Boswell Inc., Kil’n Time, Mary Landrum, Merrill-Lynch, Renasant Bank, Revolution Curbside Recycling, Sarah Hull – Serendipity, Spiegler Blevins & Company CPAs, State Line Bar & Grille, Strongwell, The Homer A. and Ida S. Jones Trust, The Williams Company, Tom & Barbara Smith, Tri-City Tent & Event, Walling Distributing, WCYB News 5, Wells Fargo Foundation, WXBQ 96.6 FM and Z-Rock 99.3.

Call for Volunteers at Believe in Bristol

July 29, 2014
We need YOUR help! In preparation for the opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on August 1 we are seeking out volunteers to help turn our office into a visitor center. We are looking for anyone and everyone that can work a 4 hour shift. Volunteer training session will be held on Wednesday, July 30 from 6pm — 7pm at the Believe in Bristol office located at 36 Moore St.

Shifts are as follows:

Friday 10 — 2 and 2 — 6
Saturday10 — 2 and 2 — 6
Sunday 10 — 2 and 2 — 6

To volunteer or request more information contact us at or 276.644.9700

Believe in Bristol's 2nd Annual Entrepreneur's Prize Contest

July 29, 2014
Historic Downtown Bristol is looking for the next business that will continue to help grow the heart of not one but two Cities! Believe in Bristol is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Downtown Bristol Entrepreneur's Prize — a $5,000 cash award to be used towards a property rental or purchase downtown and many additional benefits donated by local community stakeholders.

Believe in Bristol continues to focus on strengthening businesses in the Historic Downtown District, and this prize is part of the effort. Last year, Bristol Brewery Co., was awarded the prize by Believe in Bristol. Bristol Brewery Co. was just announced by the City of Bristol, VA as the new tenant of the former Bristol Bus Station located at 41 Piedmont Avenue, Bristol, VA. Bristol Brewery Co. is planned to have a November 2014 opening date.

One-page proposals for a new downtown business from prospective entrepreneurs are due in the Believe in Bristol office by 5:00 pm on Friday, August 8, 2013. A judging panel will narrow these down to the top five proposals, and those top five will then be asked to prepare and present a formal business plan to a panel of judges in January 2015. A winner will then be chosen from these five entrepreneurs.

The Downtown Bristol Entrepreneur's Prize will include $5,000 to be used towards rent or purchase of a downtown property in the Main Street District, Believe in Bristol promotion, time with a financial planner, bank discounts, time with a CPA, time with a digital strategist, and much more! Prizes beyond $5,000 are subject to change.

Thank you to the following sponsors — Wells Fargo, Bristol Herald Courier, First Tennessee Foundation, City of Bristol, Virginia and City of Bristol, Tennessee.

The rules and entry form can be found online at or at the Believe in Bristol office, 36 Moore St, Bristol, VA.

For more information, please visit; call 276-644-9700 or

Downtown Bristol Blog

Wm. King Clothiers — Lafayette 148 Trunk Show

July 31, 2014
Wm. King Clothiers is pleased to invite you to their Fall 2014 Lafayette 148 New York trunk show. Uniting technique and artistry the Fall collection brings new meaning to the art of luxury. Don't miss this opportunity to preview the collection — Petites and Plus sizes available. Thursday, July 31 — August 2.At Wm King Clothiers we are proud of the many exclusive lines that we represent in East Tennessee. We offer a selection of clothing and sportswear that you will not find on every street corner. The majority of the lines that we represent have been pioneered by us over the years. Putting a line in our store just to have it is not really our style — it has to have meaning and fit into our overall look. Our vendors are partners of ours and we have many wonderful relationships built over the years with our friends in the industry.
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Take the Stage Statue Dedication with Blue Ridge Entertainers

July 31, 2014
Dedication of Take the Stage at Cumberland Park at 11 am Thursday July 31.Sculpture idea by Mary Jane Miller, designed and sculpted by Val Lyle, sponsored by Art in Public Places and donated by Marcia and Marvin Gilliam in memory of Betty Jones Gilliam. Blue Ridge Entertainers will be playing from 10:30am — 11:00am.

Support your local small businesses with Sunset Shopping Downtown!

July 30, 2014
As the weather continues to get warmer and brighter, remember to come out for Sunset Shopping in Downtown Bristol! We'll be here again this Thursday, July 31 until 8pm! So go ahead and mark your calendars and make your plans — it's the perfect way to have a great night out and support your local businesses! For more information, please visit or contact Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700,

Abingdon Olive Oil Company Bristol Invites You to Their New Location

July 30, 2014
Abingdon Olive Oil Company Bristol is thrilled to be opening at 511 State Street. This store will have wonderful true extra virgin oils, agrumatos, fused, infused and specialty olive oil blends from all around the world and balsamics from Modena Italy... 53 varieties and endless combinations!The knowledgeable staff is looking so forward to welcoming customers in and teaching them all about the awesomeness of true extra virgin olive oil! Tuesday — Saturday from 11am — 6pm.

L.C. King Manufacturing new Chore Coat!

July 30, 2014
L.C. King Manufacturing is pleased to announce a new member to their line of apparel. They are offering an American Original Chore Coat sewn out of Raw White Oak Cone Denim. This coat has 4 patch pockets, one of which snaps and features polished nickel buttons down the front, on the pocket, and on the cuffs.The coats will be on sale for $75 through August 1, so act now!

KP's Farm to Table Menu

July 29, 2014
Farm to Table Wednesday at KP. This week's farm to table menu will feature beef from Fleenor Farms, pot roast, fresh green beans, stuffed pork loin, and a wild blackberry dessert. the menu will be ready at 6:00pm.

Upcoming Events

Open Jam at O'Mainnin's Pub

July 30, 2014

Chris Padgett at O'Mainnin's Pub

July 31, 2014

Full Moon Jam — Music Memories at Downtown Center

July 31, 2014

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Grand Opening Weekend of Events

August 01 - 03, 2014

TUNES @ NOON WITH The Senior Show Choir

August 01, 2014

Efren at 620 State

August 01, 2014

Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol — Mustered Courage and The Deep Fried Five

August 01, 2014

Plan Z playing at O'Mainnin's Pub & Grille

August 02, 2014

JB 5 & Dime at Quaker Steak & Lube

August 02, 2014

Full Moon Jam — Cedar Valley at Downtown Center

August 05, 2014

Bark in the Park & Movie in the Park: Firehouse Dog

August 07, 2014

Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show in Historic Downtown Bristol

August 08, 2014

Full Moon Jam — The Eliminator Band at Downtown Center

August 14, 2014

Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol — Leo Rondeau and The Deslondes

August 15, 2014

Paramount hosting fundraiser "Puttin' on the Ritz...60s Style"

September 12, 2014

Art D'Vine in Historic Downtown Bristol

September 12, 2014

More Upcoming Events »