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Big Ideas

  • The mythologized origins of country music are a set of recording sessions done in Bristol, Tennessee, in July and August of 1927.

  • Country music’s development in the late 1920s was influenced by the growing infrastructure of the popular music industry and the implications of copyright laws.

  • Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family defined many of the traditional images, styles, and specific songs of country music that persist in the present day.

  • The Bristol Sessions mark the point where country music arrived on the national stage.


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