BRISTOL, VA/Tenn., April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Birthplace of Country Music is pleased to announce that the "Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited" album will be released on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.
Celebrating the impact that the 1927 Bristol Sessions had on the country music industry, "Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited" features re-creations of the original Bristol Sessions recordings by country music stars including, Ashley & Shannon Campbell, Ashley Monroe, Brad Paisley, Carl Jackson, Corbin Hayslett, Dolly Parton, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Emmylou Harris, Jesse McReynolds, Keb´ Mo´, Larry Cordle & The Virginia Luthiers, Marty Stuart, Sheryl Crow, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Chuck Wagon Gang, The Church Sisters, The Shotgun Rubies, and Vince Gill. The recording project also includes narration of the 1927 Bristol Sessions history by famed Opry host Eddie Stubbs.
Also known as the "Big Bang of Country Music," the legendary recordings by Ralph Peer took country music to a new level and produced pioneers of the genre, such as Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. Johnny Cash referred to this event as "the single most important event in the history of country music."
The idea to recreate the 1927 Bristol Sessions had been discussed within the Birthplace of Country Music organization for years, but the serendipitous connection between board member John Rainero, veteran songwriter Rusty Morrell and Grammy-winning producer Carl Jackson helped bring "Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited" to life. With support from the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Birthplace of Country Music, the album was created and produced throughout 2014 and early 2015.
"My friend Rusty Morrell approached me to produce a project honoring the original 1927 Bristol Sessions," Jackson said. "He was aware and fond of a couple of other multi-artist 'tribute' projects I had produced and felt I was the guy who could bring his vision to life. In my opinion, the importance of those 1927 recordings cannot be overstated, and I am truly honored that Rusty asked me to shine a new light on some of those classic works."
The Smithsonian Institution-affiliated Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia is dedicated to preserve the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their lasting influence on American popular music. The museum is part of The Crooked Road, the tie that binds Southwest Virginia's music heritage to a rich history. The Crooked Road spans more than 300 miles, showcasing the land and its people inspired legends like the Carter family, the Stoneman family, Dr. Ralph Stanley and Johnny Cash. Its authentic culture continues to inspire musicians today.
"Orthophonic Joy" is a modern take on the authentic, legendary music birthed in the foothills of the majestic mountains across Southwest Virginia and Tennessee. Three key partners on this project include the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau.
[VIDEO TRAILER]: Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited
For more information about the Birthplace of Country Music and the Orthophonic Joy Album, visit birthplaceofcountrymusic.org or call 423-573-1927
SOURCE The Birthplace of Country Music