Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Johnson City Sessions

Marker ID: THC 1A 141
Location: On Main St (TN 91) at Colonial Way, Johnson City, TN
County: Washington
Coordinates: N 36° 19.063    W 082° 20.951
  36.31771666    -82.34918333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMMJGM


In October 1926 Frank Walker of Columbia Records hosted recording auditions at 334 East Main Street. Charlie Bowman and his brothers, Clarence Greene, and the Roane County Ramblers were among the artists recorded. These sessions pioneered the art of remote recording, designed to record undiscovered talent in the area. Walker returned to Johnson City in October 1929 for a second round of recordings that included Clacence "Tom" Ashley.

Tennessee Historical Commission