This past weekend is absolutely one of my favorite weekends throughout the year. If you read my blog, then you already know that I was born, raised and still live in Bristol, TN. Most people know Bristol is home to the "World's Fastest Half Mile," Bristol Motor Speedway, but most people don't know that Bristol is also the "Birthplace of Country Music." In 1927, the "Bristol Sessions" were recorded by The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers in downtown Bristol, making it the birthplace of country music. Today, you can hear live music almost any day during the week celebrating our country and bluegrass roots. On the third weekend of September every year, the downtown area shuts down to host The Rhythm and Roots Reunion. This three day music festival brings in thousands of people from all over to hear the local talent in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The festival also brings in a few famous singers to perform on the main stages. Twenty-one stages are set up in the streets, inside restaurants and bars with over 150 bands performing.
I was excited all week and could not wait for Friday to come so I could head downtown for all the fun.
My favorite band, Folk Soul Revival performing Friday night.
John Oates Band performing Friday night.
What is a southern festival without a funnel cake?
The state line that runs through the middle of State Street dividing Bristol, TN and Bristol, VA.
Famous Bristol sign over State Street.
I am already excited for next year's festival!