This Smithsonian Institution-affiliated Birthplace of Country Music Museum is dedicated to preserve the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their lasting influence on American popular music. Johnny Cash referred to the famous Sessions as the single most important event in the history of country music. Also known as the Big Bang of Country Music, the legendary recordings by Ralph Peer took country music to a new level, producing pioneers of the genre, such as Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family.
Set to be released in October, Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, features entertainment legend Dolly Parton, and country music stars Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers and Ashley Monroe. The recording project includes 16 of the original songs from the Bristol Sessions.
The idea to recreate the Bristol Sessions had been discussed within the Birthplace of Country Music organization for years, but the connection between board member John Rainero, songwriter Rusty Morrell and producer Carl Jackson helped bring Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited to life.
"My dear friend Rusty Morrell approached me with the idea to produce a project honoring the original 1927 Bristol Sessions," Jackson said. "He was very aware and fond of a couple of other multi-artist tribute projects I'd produced and felt I was the guy who could bring his vision to life. In my opinion, the importance of those 27 recordings cannot be overstated. I'm truly honored that Rusty asked me to shine a new and loving light on some of those classic works."
In the spirit of Ralph Peer, Jackson and the Birthplace of Country Music organization is launching a nationwide search for a new artist to record the final track on the album. Emerging and independent artists may submit ONE of the following selected Bristol Sessions songs: The Storms Are On the Ocean, Darling Cora, Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow, or I Am Bound For The Promised Land. Deadline to receive submissions is July 10. Four artists will be selected for a panel of judges to review. For contest rules, visit www.BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org.
"The 1927 Bristol Sessions have often been honored for their impact on the world's music," said Leah Ross, executive director, Birthplace of Country Music. "With the opening of the Museum, the release of Orthophonic Joy, and the nationwide search for new talent, BCM and the team of irreplaceable partners are ensuring the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions lives on for generations."
For more information visit www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org.