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Volume 26, Number 9 — September 2018

Arts Calendar

Special exhibit highlights Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
This photograph taken by Debbie Pippen captures a special moment with Old Crow Medicine Show singer and fiddler Ketch Secor with her daughters after the band's first appearance at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in 2004.

Special exhibit highlights Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion "Through Your Eyes"

Date(s):  August 28 - October 21, 2018
Location:  Bristol,

BRISTOL, Tenn./Va.: A new special exhibit at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum captures moments at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival with photographs taken by fans and festival-goers. "Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Through Your Eyes" is a juried exhibit filled with images that show the many sides of the festival.

"This exhibit is truly special because it came out of the creativity and passion of our music-loving community," said Head Curator René Rodgers. "It has given us the chance to see the festival through the eyes of the people who come to Bristol Rhythm, highlighting their experiences and all that they love about this event. The exhibit is a great way to celebrate the festival and the people who make it into a true 'reunion' every year."

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, the annual event that celebrates Bristol's history as the birthplace of country music and home of the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings, had its beginnings in 2001 with just a few thousand people in attendance. Today the festival has grown to encompass all of historic downtown Bristol with more than 45,000 festivalgoers, 20 stages, and more than 100 acts of live music.

The fans and festivalgoers are the people who truly make Bristol Rhythm special, and this juried exhibit features a view of the event through the lenses of their cameras. Based on submissions from a community call-out, dozens of photographs were chosen by three professional photographers and brought together into this exhibit. The museum also supplemented the exhibit with around a dozen internal images in order to highlight a few of the years and activities not covered by the community photographers.

"Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Through Your Eyes" highlights images of musicians, street buskers, festival crowds and more. Bristol Rhythm will be held Sept. 21-23, so visitors will be able to stop in and see the special exhibit during the festival. The exhibit will be on display at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum through Oct. 21.

For more information about the special exhibit and the festival, visit

Topics: Music

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