The 1927 Bristol Sessions: The “Big Bang” of Country Music? Ted Olson | PART 2

In the summer of 1927, nineteen bands/musicians responded to an ad in a newspaper for an opportunity to be a part of a recording session in Bristol, Tennessee. Some of the most well-known and influential names in American music were there: the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest Stoneman, and many more. The Bristol Sessions were organized by Ralph Peer, who worked for Victor records, and was an attempt to capitalize on the increasing popularity of “hillbilly” music. These recordings were no doubt a key moment in country music’s evolution. In this episode, we continue with Part 2 of our interview with Dr. Ted Olson and we discuss whether or not the Bristol Sessions were in fact the “Big Bang” of country music.

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