It was the most important event in the History of Country Music. In 1927 in the mountains of Virginia, a talent scout for the Victor Talking Machine Co spent 8 days making the first ever musical recordings. Known as the ‘Bristol Sessions’ that event has also been called “The Big Bang of Country Music,” bring your group and see Country’s origin at the hallowed Carter Family Fold, and its glory at the Grand Ole Opry.
The mountains of Southwest Virginia is often called the “Birthplace” in honor of the original Carter Family who were among the earliest recording artists in Country Music. This tour features the rich musical heritage of the entire region. You’ll learn of the Barter Theater’s Depression Era shows, see the Carter Family Fold on a Saturday Night, and enjoy a wonderful Gospel Brunch at Heartwood. Come hear the music at the southern end of the Crooked Road.
Smiles along Virginia’s Blue Ridge combine with historic harmonies of America’s Original Music. To see the Carter Family Fold is to listen to history – it was the beginning of Commercialized Country Music. To experience the Floyd Country Store’s Friday Night Jamboree is to share the joy of old-time music in both dance and melody. This tour requires a little walking and a lot of toe-tappin.
The heart and soul of American Music beats in the history of Nashville, Memphis and the Kentucky countryside These are the places where the inspiration for our uniquely American Music styles were born and where they grew to maturity. You’ll hear Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Rock n’ Roll and Soul. Why, you’ll even have the chance to write and perform a song of your own.
It’s a walk down cobblestone streets, admiring colonial homes with garlands of fresh apples, magnolia and pine. It’s the sound of a fife-and-drum concert, traditional carolers, the ringing of jingle bells on a horse-drawn carriage.
Listen as American Patriots rail against the tyranny of King George. Come see the places where they argued loudest for Freedom. Walk in their footsteps, hear their words, dine in their taverns – It’s a frolicking great adventure in American History. In these seven days your group tour will touch on a myriad of historical topics, from Colonial unrest at the Boston Tea Party Ship in 1773, to the final conflict at Yorktown in 1781. You will have heard the words of Patriots and shared a mug of ale, and perhaps you will gain a new appreciation of the hardships endured in our pursuit of liberty.