Country Music in the Tri-Cities
“Country Music in the Tri-Cities” is one of nine presentations in the Appalachian Outreach Program, developed by the Archives of Appalachia in 1979-1980. The presentation is based on the research of folklorists Charles Wolfe (author of Tennessee Strings) and Richard Blaustein. The program traces the history of radio and the recording industry in the Bristol-Johnson City-Kingsport area. It also explores the effects of modernization upon the instrumental and vocal traditions of upper east Tennessee. The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, the Tenneva Ramblers, and Tennessee Ernie Ford are among the featured performers.