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Country music pioneers to be honored with updated 1927 Bristol Sessions

Dolly Parton is one of several guests set to for a special album on the famous 1927 Bristol Sessions to be released.
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It was announced today that the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol is celebrating a grand opening on Aug. 2, 2014 with a special project. Grammy award winning producer, Carl Jackson, is set to record "Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited" with some very special guests.

Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, Steve Martin, and more will recreate recordings from the original 1927 Bristol Sessions. Those sessions were very important in country music history as it helped jump start the careers of Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family.

In 1927, under the production of Ralph Peer, the Victor Talking Machine Company released many of the records from the seminal Bristol Sessions, a collection of music that would inspire musicians for generations to come. An ad in the local paper was placed calling for musicians to record in downtown Bristol. Musicians from all over the region answered, making country music history through the Bristol Sessions.

A contest is underway to help celebrate the music of those sessions with interpretations of classic recordings including "Bury Me Beneath the Weeping Willow Tree", "Darlin' Cora", "The Storms are on the Ocean", and "I am Bound for the Promised Land".

Emerging artists are asked to illustrate their unique talents while helping to promote the timeless music of the Bristol Sessions, capturing the essence of the Birthplace of Country Music. The winner will be given the opportunity to record a song with Grammy winning producer Carl Jackson in Nashville, Tennessee for the upcoming "Orthophonic Joy: 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited" album. Travel expenses are included. More awards include live performance opportunities at the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion 2014, Music City Roots, and the Birthplace of Country Music Museum's Grand Opening; the Orthophonic Joy merchandise package; and two weekend tickets to Bristol's Rhythm and Roots.

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