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Johnson City's musical past honored with marker

April 6th, 2013 12:42 pm by Jennifer Sprouse

A Tennessee Historic Marker was unveiled near the corner of East Main Street and Colonial Way Friday, commemorating a musical past long forgotten in Johnson City’s history.

Kicking off the months-long celebration of the Johnson City Sessions’ 85th anniversary, community members, representatives from the Washington County Economic Development Council, the Birthplace of Country Music, East Tennessee Old Time Pride Band, as well as some descendants of the 1928 recording sessions were present during a news conference that talked about the historic recordings in the city.

Ted Olson, professor of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University, said the first sessions occurred during a four-day period in October 1928, following what is referred to now as the “Big Bang of Country Music,” when the Bristol Sessions were recorded in 1927 in Bristol, Tenn.


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