Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival, TennesseeBristol Rhythm & Roots Festival takes place in Downtown Bristol, Tennessee

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival 2012 dates – 14th  to 16th September

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2012 – LINE UP
Robert Earl Keen, City and Colour, Sam Bush, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Delta Spirit, Dr. Dog, Pam Tillis, Billy Joe Shaver, Tift Merritt, The SteelDrivers, Carrie Rodgriguez, Dale Watson, Steep Canyon Rangers, Dex Romweber Duo, Red Molly, The Gibson Brothers, The Black Lillies, Zach Deputy, Chris Thomas King, Hey Rosetta!, David Mayfield Parade, Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons, Bearfoot, Sol Driven Train, Slaid Cleeves, Dale Ann Bradley, Kenny Vaughn, David Wax Museum, Deep Dark Woods, Boxcars, Ann & Pete Sibley, Hot Club of Cowtown, Sierra Hull & Highway 111, April Verch, Josh Phillips Folk Festival, Elephant Revival, Pert Near Sandstone, Balsam Range, Dale Jett & Hello Stranger, Zoe Muth, Grass Cats, Ha Ha Tonka, Folk Soul Revival, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper,Della Mae, The ETSU Old Time, Celtic & Bluegrass Bands,Shovels & Rope, Girls, Guns and Glory, Spirit Family Reunion,Johnny Corndawg, Sam Lewis Band, James Justin & Co.,Delta Reign, JP Harris & Tough Choices, MilkDrive,Lydia Loveless, Megan McCormick, Buxton, Angel Snow,Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Onward, Soldiers, Josh Oliver,Todd Grebe & Cold Country, Whiskey Gentry, VW Boys,Ed Snodderly, Uncle Lucius, If Birds Could Fly,These Undowners, Wise Old RiverAlli Epperson, Amazed by Grace, Amythyst Kiah, Annabelle’s Curse,Anthony Keys & Chris Rose, April Taylor, Beth Snapp,Bill MIze & Beth Bramhall, Blakley Leonard, Box Set, Breaking Tradition,Cahalen & Eli, Calico Moon, Carl Anderson, Corklickers,Crooked Road Sinners, Daisi Rain, Dale Watson, Dave Eggar,Dismembered Tennesseans, Duty Free, Earth by Train,Eric Brace & Last Train Home, Erin McDermott,Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band, Fifthstring, Gerald Sheppard,Girls with Guitars, Good Rockin’ Sam, Hard Times, Harlow Experience,Harris Brothers, Hey Boys, Holston Mountain Boys,Humming House, Hundred Acres, Impeach Dixon, JP Parsons,JP Stallard & Neal Huff, Karen Poston & Poor Valley, Kim Lyons,Kristen Minor, Leigh Beamer, Lore, Matt Flinner,Matt Osborne Band featuring Darrell Webb,Meghan Jean & the KFB, The Milk Carton Kids, Mountain Music School,Mt. Park Old Time Band, My New Favorites, NuBlu, Paper Bird,Possum Creek Playboys, Rambling Rose, Rebekah Jean, Red June,Relacksachian, Republik Steele, Rex Montgomery w/Side Two,Roan Mountain Moonshiners, Roger Rasnake,Ron Short & The Possum Playboys, Sapling Grove,The Shadow Drifters, Sigean, Skeeter & The Skidmarks,Slow Motion Trio, Susan Brown & Friends,Tara Mills with Strings Attached, These Undowners, This Mountain,Time Sawyer, Underhill Rose, Virginia Whirlwind,William Walter & Tucker Rogers

The History of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion a non-profit organization which hosts an annual 3-day Americana music festival in the twin cities of Bristol, Virginia and Bristol, Tennessee.

Celebrating Bristol’s heritage as the “Birthplace of Country Music” (a designation recognizing the early Jimmy Rogers and Carter Family recordings made there in the 1920s collectively known as the Bristol Sessions), Rhythm & Roots has hosted musicians such as Ralph Stanley, Sam Bush, Doc Watson, The Avett Brothers, John Cowan, Langhorne Slim, and Del McCoury. Since the first festival in 2001, Rhythm and Roots has grown to include 4 main stages (3 of which are outdoors), a dance tent, and 12 smaller stages inside the various shops, restaurants, and bars in the 4-block festival area.

In 2008, the festival hosted over 50 bands and received an audience of over 32,000 people from across the United States.

In 2009, the September festival received the award from the Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus for “Best Destination Event of 2009.” In addition to the annual festival, Rhythm and Roots Reunion also hosts events such as the monthly Border Bash concert series and the weekly Great On State concert series during the summer.

2009 headliners included Justin Townes Earle, Dr. Dog, Patty Loveless, John Cowan, Webb Wilder, and Dan Tyminski. 2010 marks the tenth anniversary of the festival

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival Line Up – 2011
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion headliners Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Railroad Earth, Marty Stuart, John Oates w/18 South, Tony Rice Unit, Dawes, Justin Townes Earle, The Cave Singers, Jim Lauderdale, Chris Thomas King, Langhorne Slim, The SteelDrivers, Seldom Scene.

Other artists include: Dale Watson, Red Molly, Scythian, Steep Canyon Rangers, Lonesome River Band, Larry Cordle, The Black Lillies, Redstick Ramblers, the everybodyfields, Jessica Lea Mayfield, David Wax Museum, Bombadil, Thirft Store Cowboys, Claire Lynch Band, David Mayfield Parade, Jill Andrews, Quebe Sisters Band, Danger Muffin, Frontier Ruckus, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Teddy & The Roosevelts, Elizabeth Cook, Amber Digby, and a Bristol Sessions Tribute with Cruz Contreras & Friends, .357 String Band, 18 South, The Adam Larkey Band, Amazed by Grace, American Aquarium, Amethyst Phillips, Annabelle’s Curse, Annie Robinette Band, Anthony Keys, Anthony Wayne, The Barefoot Movement, Ben Gilmer & Sam Lamont, Big Daddy Love, Blue Maize, Box Set, Breaking Tradition, Brushfire Stankgrass, Caleb Caudle & The Bayonets, Charlie Parr, Chris Rose & Chris Woodward, The Corklickers, Cotton Hill, Count This Penny, The Crowes, Dale Jett & Hello Stranger, Dane & Taylor Band, Dereck Hoke, Deborah Sheets, Don Rigsby & Midnight Call, The Drunk Uncles, Duty Free, Doug & Telisha Williams, Ed Snodderly, Ed Young & Friends, Efren, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, ETSU Bluegrass, Celtic & Old Time Pride Bands, Folk Soul Revival, Gail Wade, Girls Guns and Glory, Gospel Grass, The Harlow Experience, Harris Brothers, Heather Berry, Henhouse Prowlers, Holston Mountain Boys, Hymn for Her, Ian Gilliam & The FireKings, James Justin & Company, Jason Byrd & Friends, Jay Clark, Jessica Nixon, Jett’s Creek, Jim Hurst, Johnson’s Crossroad, Jubal’s Kin, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Kim Lyons, Major Canty, Malpass Brothers, Mountain Park Old Time Band, The Mudbugs, Natalie Kirk & Co., Naughty Knots, Paleface, Paper Bird, Paul Williams & The Victory Trio, Reagan Boggs, Red June, Rex Montgomery w/Side Two, Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, Rockin’ Acoustic Circus, Roger Rasnake, Roustabout, Ryan McGiver & Pat Mangan, Sandra Parker, The Sheets Family, Shotgun Party, Sigean, Snyder Family Band, Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart, The StereoFidelics, Steve Gilbert, Susan Brown & Friends, Ted Olson, These Undowners, Todd Grebe & Cold Country, The Troubadors, Uncut Grass, Utah Green, Wayne Henderson, Westbound Rangers, White Top Mountain Band, William Walter, Wise Old River, Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers.

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