BRISTOL, Va. - The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, VA is a little closer to reality.
Tourism and music industry executives in Nashville officially announced today that the museum will open on August 2.
Also announced - the creation of "Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited." Set to be released in October, the recording project will include 16 of the original songs from the Bristol Sessions to be sung by a star-studded lineup.
"It's exciting to be re-creating that CD with today's artists," said Leah Ross, executive director, Birthplace of Country Music. "And you look at Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton, Marty Stewart, Vince Gill. I mean the list just goes on and on. And it's important that they understand that music heritage and what it means for Bristol."
It was also announced that a national search is underway for a new band to perform the last track on the album. The deadline to receive submissions is July 10.
Visit www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org to find the complete set of rules for the contest and more information about the album.