The new album, Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, features a who’s who of classic and modern stars.
A new album featuring some of the biggest names in the genre celebrates on of the most important moments in country music history. Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited recreates Ralph Peer’s legendary recordings that gave new widespread exposure to country music and launched the careers of Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family.
Artists featured on the album include Ashley & Shannon Campbell, Ashley Monroe, Brad Paisley, Carl Jackson, Corbin Hayslett, Dolly Parton, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Emmylou Harris, Jesse McReynolds, Keb’ Mo’, Larry Cordle & The Virginia Luthiers, Marty Stuart, Sheryl Crow, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Chuck Wagon Gang, The Church Sisters, The Shotgun Rubies and Vince Gill.
The purpose of Orthophonic Joy is to give new life to these historically-impactful songs while still paying tribute to their original sound that traditional country fans love.
The impact of the original 1927 Bristol sessions was enormous. Ralph Peer’s unprecedented collection of recordings from country artists along the Tennessee/Virginia border resulted in what is now referred to as the “Big Bang of Country Music.” The recordings shaped the sound of modern country music for the era and helped launched the careers of otherwise nationally unknown artists.
“The 1927 Bristol Sessions have often been honored for their impact on the world’s music,” Leah Ross, executive director of Birthplace of Country Music, told the Lebanon Democrat. “With the opening of the Museum, the release of ‘Orthophonic Joy,’ and the upcoming launch of a new WBCM radio station, BCM and the team of irreplaceable partners who are part of these endeavors are ensuring the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions lives on for generations to come.”
Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited is currently available for pre-order online and will be released May 12.
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