Before the Big Bang

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My Road To–And From–Bristol

by Ted Olson Like any fan of American roots music, I’m a fan of Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family.  And like many fans of those great artists I heard years ago that they had made their first records at the Bristol Sessions, the 1927 location recording sessions in Bristol,[…]

Back to the beginning: Before the Big Bang

Conventional wisdom on recorded country music traces its origins to the famous Bristol sessions held in July and August 1927, famously dubbed “The Big Bang of Country Music” by author Nolan Porterfield. Bristol gave us the first records by the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, and while there’s no disputing[…]