ETSU honors release of Johnson City Sessions
Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 23:10
The Johnson City Sessions followed on the heels of the 1927-1928 Bristol Sessions, often called “The Big Bang of Country Music.” The Bristol Sessions were responsible for launching the careers of two famous musical acts, Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, as well as increasing interest in the musical style that came to be called country music.
Under Frank B. Walker, the Johnson City Sessions represented a fascinating and eclectic range of Appalachian music, and documented the music repertoires and styles of numerous talented semi-professional and amateur musicians from across the region.
During the reception, Dr. Ted Olson, an ETSU faculty member in Appalachian Studies, will introduce Tony Russell.
Olson and Russell received a Grammy nomination in 2011 for Best Album Notes for their co-authorship of the book accompanying “The Bristol Sessions.”
Russell will share details of his experiences in what he calls “old-time music archaeology.”
The ETSU Old Time Pride Band will perform a sampler of music from the “Johnson City Sessions” recordings.
Also attending will be Tom McCarroll, son of Uncle Jimmy McCarroll.
Other events surrounding the launching of the CD include an appearance by Russell and Olson, as well as Richard Weize of Bear Family Records, on the “Studio One” live radio show on WETS-FM (89.5 FM), ETSU’s public radio affiliate, on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m.
Also, at 7 p.m. that day, there will be a Johnson City Sessions Box Set Release Party at the Down Home with performances of 1920s-era Appalachian music. Tickets for the event are $20.
On Sunday, Oct. 20, beginning at 5 p.m., there will be a special V.I.P. gala event at The Venue featuring a gathering of family members of the original Johnson City Sessions musicians.
At 7 p.m. that evening, a recording of the syndicated “Mountain Stage” radio show will be held in the Martha Street Culp auditorium in ETSU’s D.P. Culp University Center.
Featured performers include Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, Sarah Jarosz, Old Man Luedecke, The Deadly Gentlemen and the ETSU Old Time Pride Band. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Call (423) 439-8587 for ticket information for both of the Sunday events.
Individuals who have questions concerning access or who wish to request disability accommodations, such as accessible seating, alternative formats for materials or sign language interpreters should contact ETSU Disability Services at (423) 439-8346 by Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Attempts will be made to fill late requests; however, requests made after Oct. 9 are not guaranteed.