Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Bristol Sessions

Marker ID: THC 1A 140
Location: at the intersection of State Street (Tennessee Route 34) and Edgemont Ave., Bristol, TN
County: Sullivan
Coordinates: N 36° 35.693    W 082° 10.875
  36.59488333    -82.18125
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM9X6D


Bristol Sessions
July 25 through August 5, 1927

In 1927 Ralph Peer, a record producer with the Victor Talking Machine Company, set up a temporary music studio on this site. Over the next 12 days he recorded 76 songs by 19 artists, includding the Stonemans, and the first recordings of Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. These recordings launched the country music industry. In 1998 the United States Congress recognized Bristol as the "Birthplace of Country Music."

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.