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Volume 24, Number 9 — September 2017

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90th Anniversary Tribute to the 1927 Bristol Sessions wraps up Rhythm & Roots

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Turn the page on another chapter written in the profound history of the Birthplace of Country Music.

IMLS awards grant to VMFA for conservation education initiative

RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will use a $331,054 grant — announced today from the Institute of Museum and Library Services — to support the "Connect to Conservation" program.

Second movie chooses Marion for filming location

The all female team of 4 Pies Productions announces the launch of its first Independent Feature Film, "Calm Before."

'Round the Mountain announces new juried Artisans

'Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Network has announced results from the most recent jury session.

ETSU breaks ground on James C. and Mary B. Martin Center for the Arts

Ground was officially broken on East Tennessee State University's long-awaited Center for the Arts.

Sounds of Music: Tuning up for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Summer is fleeting, schools are in session, and the third weekend of September is just around the corner, so it must be time again for Bristol's Rhythm & Roots Reunion.

Kaine, Alexander to make bi-partisan music in opening act of music festival

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Fans won't find the opening act of this year's Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion on any online music sources, but they can expect a truly unique experience when "The Amateurs" take the stage.

Here comes Bristol Rhythm and Roots

Stop the world and get off in Bristol.

Even drenched in drizzle, Main Street Busker Fest a "safe place for the weirdos'

Knoxville Jazz Orchestra presents "Tribute to Sarah Vaughan Featuring Deborah Brown"

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra's 2017-18 concert season begins Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. with "Tribute to Sarah Vaughan Featuring Deborah Brown."


Bluff City kid has role in remake of Stephen King's "It'

BLUFF CITY, Tenn. — From his childhood in the rolling hills of Northeast Tennessee, Jeremy Ray Taylor has worked from the farm to fanfare as he becomes Bluff City's rising star.

Todd Day Wait's Pigpen fires up Bonefire Smokehouse Friday

Nearly a decade ago, musician Todd Day Wait tossed most of his belongings curbside.

Appalachian Fair returns Aug. 2126 for 91st year of attractions

GRAY, Tenn. — Stomping back into action like a bronco bull, the Appalachian Fair returns this week for six big days of fun, education, contests and music at the fairgrounds in Gray, Tennessee.

Funny tales, scary tales make up 'Mountain Mysteries'

Growing up in Wise County, Virginia, James W. Dean heard all kinds of tales. Funny ones. Scary ones.

Danny Gokey weaves his compelling stories through song

Stories can take on multitudes of forms. They can hail from books, including the Bible. Likewise, various forms of spoken word can serve to give us stories in droves. The contemporary gospel singer will headline the Christian Storytelling Festival at Providence Academy in Johnson City on Aug. 26.

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