Music Voyager - Tennessee

Eastern Tennessee:  Cradle of Country Music

Music Voyager starts it’s Tennessee journey in Bristol, a city in the northeast corner of the state that proudly claims to be the Birthplace of Country Music. We visit Georgia Warren, who at 96 years young is the last surviving participant of the legendary “Bristol Sessions” of 1927, which introduced the sounds of Appalachia to a wide audience and set the foundation for the growing popularity of country music across the nation. While in Bristol, we catch a street performance by musical nomads Megan Jean & the KFB and check out the Knoxville band The Black Lillies performing at one of Bristol’s many outdoor concerts. We explore Bristol’s other sites, including the Bristol Motor Speedway, as our host Jacob Edgar tests out a pace car on one of NASCAR’s most exciting tracks. From Bristol, Music Voyager heads to Knoxville for a visit to the legendary “Blue Plate Special”, a live radio program that features the best in local music. Singer-songwriters Scott Miller and R.B. Morris show us around their hometown. We also learn how far Appalachian music has evolved with an unplugged performance by up-and-coming country stars The Roys. Finally, we pass through the revitalized city of Chattanooga, home to the New Binkley Brothers who reveal that old time music isn’t just for old folks. We also meet local dulcimer wizard Dan Landrum who performs with the country rock band Yarn.