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Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion This Weekend!

Credit: Brandon Reece
September 17, 2014
Once again, it's time for the almighty Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Historic Downtown Bristol! On September 19-21, come listen to the sounds of over 140 bands and musicians and get involved in all the festivities over this wonderful weekend! Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion isn’t just a music festival. It’s an infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul. Every third weekend in September, State Street in historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA is amped to the beat of Appalachia’s past, present, and future. It digs down deep into the roots of traditional Appalachian sound and lifts its branches to new heights–and it all happens in the heart of The Birthplace of Country Music. It is, and isn’t, your Daddy’s country music. It’s hardly strictly bluegrass. It’s not a rock show, but it totally does. And if you’ve never been, you’ll never know how much.

Weekend Passes:
Sept. 1 — Sept. 18: $60
At the gate: $70

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum presents its first special exhibit: The Carter Family: Lives and Legacies

September 16, 2014
On Tuesday, September 16, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will present its first special exhibit, The Carter Family: Lives and Legacies. The exhibit will open that evening with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The reception will be held in the foyer of the museum and is open to the public; admission prices apply.

“With the Carter’s strong connection to the 1927 Bristol Sessions and the music heritage of this region, the Birthplace of Country Music is honored to have family members of the Carter family guest-curating the first of many rotating exhibits in the museum,” says Leah Ross, executive director of BCM.

The original Carter Family took familiar songs – hymns and gospel songs, Appalachian ballads, music from the rural work camps and urban factories – and made them their own. Alive with feeling, the songs touched upon personal and private joys and pain. These songs continue to speak to audiences today, and the legacy of the Carter Family has been carried on by their children and grandchildren. Through archival interviews and images, family photographs, heirlooms, and personal reflections on family and music, this special exhibit is a story told by Carter family members themselves.

“We wanted this exhibit to reflect the voices of the Carter family,” says Dr. Jessica Turner, director and head curator of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. “Through our research and by asking family members to share items and memories that held special meaning to them, we were able to include very personal stories in this exhibit.”

The Carter Family: Lives and Legacies will run until February 28, 2015, and a variety of educational programming and events will be hosted by the museum to complement the exhibit. For further information, visit or call 423-573-1927.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum and Blackbird Bakery Partner!

September 17, 2014
The Birthplace of Country Music Museum has partnered with Blackbird Bakery — the bakery will be offering sweet treats inspired by Carter Family recipes to complement BCMM's special exhibit The Carter Family: Lives and Legacies. You can try Blackbird's take on various family favorites — including Janette Carter's Banana Cake and Apple Oatmeal Cookies, both original recipes from Recipes from Carter Country — at Blackbird for the duration of the exhibit (from September 16, 2014 to February 28, 2015).

Junior League of Bristol Brings National Company as Parter for BRRR Kids Day

September 16, 2014
The Junior League of Bristol will present the Colgate
Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Mobile Dental Van at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Kids Day
on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 from 10am-2pm. The mobile dental screening van will be
offering free screenings for children 12 years and younger, along with a free gift. Three local
dentists will volunteer their time to conduct the screenings. Dentists include; Dr. Brandon Roller,
Dr. Jeff McMillan, and Dr. Andy McBride.
Colgate is excited to partner with the Junior League and to bring the van to the festival, which
will reach hundreds of children over the three day event. The Junior League hopes to reach
as many children as possible, as well as provide screenings and educational opportunities
for oral hygiene and health to many in need. Questions and inquiries about the Colgate
Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Mobile Dental Van should be directed to

The Junior League of Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia, Inc. is committed to ensuring that children
and their families have the opportunity and services for optimal physical, intellectual, emotional,
mental and social growth and development and will advocate that opportunities and services are

Twin City Photo Club Photo Competition

September 16, 2014
Twin City Photo Club is hosting its 7th annual Photography Competition between September 19 — 21. Announcement of the winners and viewing:There will be a reception for the entrants on Thursday, September 18thin the Believe in Bristol Visitors Center at 36 Moore Street, Bristol, VA. from 5:30-7:30 PM, during which time winners will be announced.Entries will be displayed at Believe in Bristol for the duration of the festival.

Bristol Rhythm '14 Mobile App Now Online!

September 16, 2014
Create your own schedule, share your festival experience on social media, even watch the live stream from Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion from your smart phone! Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion's mobile festival app, sponsored by King University, is available for iPhone and Android. If you still have last year's app up on your phone, the update should be automatic. If not, a quick re-install will work! New users can link up through their app stores or online at the following links:



Welcome Abingdon Olive Oil Co to Downtown Bristol!

September 16, 2014
Abingdon Olive Oil Co's Downtown Bristol location was formally welcomed to State Street this morning with a ribbon cutting! City officials from both sides of the street came to express their excitement to K.c. St. Louis, the owner. Abingdon Olive Oil Co is open Mon. — Fri. from 11 — 6pm and Sun. from 2 — 6pm.

Over 53 Varieties of Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars!
Take a tour at either our Abingdon or Bristol location and experience
"The Taste of Good Health"

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Voted Among "Top 100" Destinations by ABA

September 16, 2014
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion now ranks among the American Bus Association's premier Top 100 Events in North America for motorcoach tour groups. Each year tens of millions of tourists visit destinations in North America as groups on motorcoach trips. The American Bus Association has released the entire list of Top 100 Events in North America. This list is the annual announcement for group travel in the United States and Canada. It's published as a guide for travel professionals and the general public when planning group tours and vacations.

"We are grateful to Tennessee Department of Tourist Development for nominating Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion for ABA's Top 100 list," says executive director Leah Ross. "The honor will bring tourists from all over the world to the festival and to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum."

Each spring, the Top 100 Selection Committee, which is comprised of group travel professionals, selects the winners from hundreds of nominated fairs, festivals, parades, exhibits, theaters and shows based on their broad appeal, accessibility to large groups, and other criteria.

The Top 100 Events will be published as a special supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine. You can also find a full listing of the winners at

The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.

For more information about the American Bus Association and its Top 100 Events in North America, contact Dan Ronan, Senior Director of Communications,

Downtown Bristol Blog

Moon Bound Girl Lands (Back) in Bristol

September 21, 2014
Bristol, Tennessee native Leigh Ann Agee followed her “moon bound” dreams of living her life as a visual artist. Those dreams landed Agee in Nashville where she made a name for herself as an in-demand muralist, taking on a number of large-scale projects that include creating storybook themes for a children’s ward at a hospital, depicting Noah’s ark for a wing of a church, and composing lush nurseries for country music stars.
Click here to read more.

State Street Farmers Market

September 20, 2014
State Street Farmers Market was opened in 1999 with the support of 4 different governmental agencies: the City of Bristol Tennessee, the City of Bristol Virginia, Sullivan County Tennessee and Washington County Virginia. The market is open on Saturdays from May through October each year. Additionally, the market opens mid-week on Wednesdays July through September. The market is located at the Downtown Center, 810 State Street. The market's operations are overseen by the Parks and Recreation Department. There is a Market Supervisor on sight each time the market is open to answer any questions the public may have or to assist vendors participating in the market. Learn about our Farmer's Market Board.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Special Hours During Bristol Rhythm

September 19, 2014
The story of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion comes full circle with the opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. For the first time, visitors to the festival have the opportunity to explore Bristol's origins as the birthplace of country music—the reason Bristol Rhythm was created. Everyone is encouraged to share this important story of American music during the festival; it is an interactive, state-of-the-art experience unlike any other. Featuring touch-screen technology, cinematic film experiences and acoustically perfect sound quality, the museum is a "festival" of sights and sounds that visitors from all over the world have heralded as one of their favorite museum experiences of all time.
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More for Kids at Bristol Rhythm 2014

September 19, 2014
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is proud to announce a weekend-long Kid's Zone at Cumberland Square Park during the festival with pony rides, clowns, face painting and more. Festival wristband required for entry, some fees may apply.
Click here to read more.

Save on roses at Pen's Floral During Rhythm & Roots!

September 19, 2014
All weekend during Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Pen's Floral will be offering a dozen roses at the discounted price of $45.99! Don't miss out on your chance to surprise that special someone amidst this weekends festivities!
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Support your local small businesses with Sunset Shopping Downtown!

September 18, 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, September 18 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,

The Mad Hatter is Looking for a Stylist!

September 17, 2014
The Mad Hatter has room for a talented and experienced stylist. Some clientele preferred, willingness to grow a must! Call/text 423-383-3512 or email

Wing It Every Tuesday at Quaker Steak & Lube

September 16, 2014
Join the team down at Quaker Steak & Lube every Tuesday for All You Can Eat Wings! The promo lasts from open to close!

Fall Crochet Cabling Retreat with Kay Grott

September 16, 2014
One of Kind Gallery is pleased to announce a Fall Crochet Cabling Retreat conducted by their featured Artist, Kay Martin Grott. Mrs. Grott is a Bristol native, Nashville-based Couture Crochet Clothing Designer. The 2 Day Intermediate Skill Level Retreat will be held Saturday October 18th 9:30am — 4pm and concludes Sunday October 19th 1:00pm — 3:30pm. For further information as to what constitutes Intermediate skill level and registration go to or call One of a Kind Gallery at 423-652-2648.
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Upcoming Events

Beat About Late Night Comedy Show

September 18, 2014

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion!

September 19 - 21, 2014

Twin City Photo Club Photo Competition

September 19 - 21, 2014

Bristol Business Series: Hot Business Topics for Business Owners and Managers

September 25, 2014

Annie Robinette at Quaker Steak & Lube

September 27, 2014

Bristol Recovery Road for Women Fall Fundraiser

October 02, 2014

Believe in Bristol's 10th Annual Downtown Loft Tour!

November 01, 2014

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