“It is a music about the land…and…about the people. It is rooted music.” Ashley Davis, singer and songwriter.

In 1927, Ralph Peer of the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York packed up his equipment, came to the little town of Bristol, Virginia, and put an ad in the paper saying he would have a “recording machine” for 10 days. He needed local musicians to play blues, gospel…what he called “hillbilly music.” He said he would pay $50 per record side…a nice paycheck for modest mountain folks. All they had to do was what they’d been doing for generations – make music.

Today, those recordings are known as The Bristol Sessions, and they…along with the town itself…have earned their rightful places in the history of country music. Join The Furrow and Homestead magazines as we explore the origins of this unique sound in the first of our five-part series, “The Crooked Road.” And be sure to watch our web sites for information on upcoming episodes.


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