Mississippi Country Music Trail honors Jimmie Rodgers and the Bristol Sessions

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JACKSON, Mississippi (WJTV) – Jimmie Rodgers received his second Mississippi Country Music Trail marker on Friday in Bristol, Tenn.

The marker recognizes Rodgers’ participation in the Bristol Sessions, a series of musical recordings considered by music historians to be “the Big Bang of country music“.

“Bristol is not only the place where Mississippi son Jimmie Rodgers was discovered, but also country music itself, which has earned Rodgers the title” Father of Country Music, ” said Craig Ray, director of Visit Mississippi. “It is an honor to plant this Mississippi Country Music Trail marker in what many consider to be the holy ground of country music.”

The Bristol Sessions were a series of musical recordings produced by Victor Talking Machine Company producer Ralph Peer in 1927. Peer was touring the South East at several stops to capture recordings of blues, ragtime, gospel, of country, ballads and string orchestras for posterity. . The sessions led to the discovery of Jimmie Rodgers and the “First Family of Country Music”, the Carter Family. Songs recorded by Rodgers and the Carter Family during this time propelled the two groups to superstar status, popularized the genre and forever changed the landscape of country music.

Ray, who is also chairman of the Mississippi Country Music Trail Commission, was joined by musician Marty Stuart, Mayor Neal Osborne of Bristol, Va., Terry Napier of Bristol, Tenn., And the executive director of Birthplace of Country Music Leah Ross to unveil The Felt.

The marker is located at 416 State St., Bristol, Tenn., Where the recordings took place. It is the 33rd marker of the trail.

Founded in 2010, the Mississippi Country Music Trail recognizes the state’s contributions to country music. To learn more about the Mississippi Country Music Trail, visit mscountrymusictrail.org.

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