One of the largest musical festivals in the South, the annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, held the third weekend of September each year in downtown Bristol, is a festival like no other, a three-day celebration of Appalachian music’s roots, past, present and future.
Born in 2001 as a way to promote Bristol as the Birthplace of Country Music®, Rhythm and Roots focuses on both traditional and current country music while also featuring bluegrass and Celtic, Americana, folk, old-time, blues, Indie, rock and reggae. An award-winning musical festival that featured more than 150 acts, including the legendary Emmylou Harris, on five outdoors stages and 15 indoor stages in 2014, RR&R boasts crowds in excess of 50,000, which includes visitors from 36 states and six foreign countries.
While there have been quite a few big name artists perform at Rhythm and Roots, including the Avett Brothers, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart and Patty Lovelace to name a few, the festival largely celebrates hard working, passionate singers who tirelessly promote their music, logging countless miles while performing at small venues around the country.
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