Cruz hosts 90th Anniversary Bristol Sessions Tribute

90 years ago, the “Big Bang” of modern country music happened just up the road from our hometown when record company executive Ralph Peer set up some recording gear in a building in downtown Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia. He hoped to find new stars in the Southern musicians he was recording, and people came from miles around to participate. It worked – among others, Peer discovered Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family – and this “new” music (really just the traditional Appalachian music that had been played in these hills for years) became popularized around the world.

This month, we’ll pay tribute to those sessions steps away from where the original recordings took place. On the final day of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Cruz will host (and The Black Lillies will serve as the house band of) the 90th Anniversary Carter/Rodgers Revival on the State Street Stage of the festival. We’ve invited a ton of our friends to participate and we have a tremendous show lined up for you. Join us to hear your traditional country favorites performed by an all-star cast including:

Jerry Douglas

Langhorne Slim

Elizabeth Cook

BJ Barham of American Aquarium

Mandolin Orange

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

Nora Jane Struthers

Robert Ellis

Christian Lopez

The War & Treaty

Annabelle’s Curse

Josh Oliver

… and of course, we’ll perform a few ourselves.

Get to the festival early to catch our full set on Saturday night in Cumberland Square Park! Tickets for the entire weekend are available here.