In the summer of 1927, producer Ralph Peer turned a hat factory’s vacant space into a recording studio on the Virginia side of Bristol’s State Street. He then recorded 76 songs by 19 artists and created what Johnny Cash called “the single most important event in the history of country music.”
Rather than arguing with the ghost of Johnny Cash, Grammy-winning producer Carl Jackson has gathered Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart and many others to record an album called “Orthophonic Joy: 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited.”
“They feed my heart,” Marty Stuart said of the sessions during a Wednesday press conference and mini-concert at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
The original sessions gave us country superstars The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, and helped prove that a regional music could garner national attention.
“They didn’t pave the roads, they cleared the path,” said WSM-AM’s Eddie Stubbs, who will provide narration on the “Revisited” album, due out in October.
Not sure how many ONTDers are interested in old timey country*~ but I'm VERY excited because this is my hometown. Also, Queen Dolly. <3