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Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Reveals Initial 2024 Lineup

March 5, 2024

49 Winchester,Ashley McBryde,The Wallflowers,The Red Clay Strays,Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway,Sam Bush,Wilderado,The SteelDrivers,Brittney Spencer,Drayton Farley,Jaime Wyatt,Bella White, andSilveradaare set to headline the 23rd annualBristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Presented byBallad Health and produced by the nonprofitBirthplace of Country Music, the festival returns to State Street in historic downtown Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia,Sept. 13-15.

Additional 2024 performers includeGrace Bowers,Jesse Daniel,Dale Watson & His Lone Stars,The Waybacks,Hannah Dasher,Stephen Day,Logan Ledger,Jim Lauderdale & The Game Changers,Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley,Tommy Prine,Joshua Hedley,Ed Snodderly,Dallas Wayne,AJ Lee & Blue Summit,J & The Causeways,The Kody Norris Show,Lauren Morrow,Bristol Lightning feat. Dave Egga, and more to be announced.

Split down the middle by the state lines of Tennessee and Virginia, Bristol is officially designated by U.S. Congress as the "birthplace of country music," due to the lasting impact of the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings. Overtaking several blocks of downtown below the iconic "Bristol Sign," the festival showcases the roots and far-reaching branches of those sessions on more than a dozen stages over the course of the three-day weekend.

Festival goers are encouraged to visit theBirthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, located just steps away from festival gates. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the interactive museum, a milestone among many sweeping acrossThe Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail--which celebrates its own 20th anniversary this year. Other Crooked Road attractions celebrating milestones in 2024 includeThe Carter Family Foldin Hiltons, turning 50 this year, plus the 40th anniversary of theFloyd Country Store's Friday Night Jamboree in Floyd, the 20th anniversary of theRalph Stanley Museumin Clintwood, and the 20th anniversary of theSong of the Mountainsconcert series in Marion.

The purchase of one weekend pass is currently $135 (plus tax/fee); the price will increased March 7. To purchase, visit the festival's website atBristolRhythm.com.

The festival is also accepting applications for food and craft vendors through March 31. For more information and to apply, visitBristolRhythm.com.