4. Various Artists, 'The Bristol Sessions 1927-1928: The Big Bang of Country Music'
Country music, as an industry and nationally shared poetic voice, started in Bristol, Tennessee – the raw, exciting parade of balladeers, storytellers and hillbilly party bands who came from the hills and off the farms to play in Ralph Peer's makeshift studio. The 1927 recordings include the first ever by Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family – history enough for one week.
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