Country Music, Paul Thorn, and The Yeti: Joe Visits the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, VA

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Tonight I realized what a treasure we have in our backyard. I have taken it for granted for years. But, I realized just how much of a blessing it is to live thirty minutes away from Bristol, VA, also known as “The Birthplace of Country Music.”

Birth Museum
Photo: Birthplace of Country Music

With the Birthplace of Country Music Museum opening and offering a chance to see your favorite artist in a very intimate venue,  I sat down,  and my first thought was: “This is our Austin City Limits.” What they have built is something that not only keeps our heritage and history alive, but gives us a place that will become something special.

Not only will we be able to see videos of shows held at the museum, but with the addition of a radio station we will be able to tune in to the music that started it all. With the online app, you will be able to choose from three different stations: A classic station that plays everything from the original Bristol Sessions, a station playing the latest and greatest in Americana, and a local artist station. Our music and our legacy will broadcast around the world!

At this amazing venue, I got to see one of my favorite recording artist, Paul Thorn. It was a very close, energetic and intimate concert. Paul had one of the best stage presences I’ve ever seen. He had a story to tell before every song, even worked in a Redd Fox joke.

L to R: Travis Nash, Paul Thorn, and Yeti (Photo: Travis Nash)
L to R: Travis Nash, Paul Thorn, and Yeti      (Photo: Travis Nash)

He told a story about a cop friend in Tupelo, busting a meth lab. When the S.W.A.T. team burst though the door, they were listening to his record. Something he said he thought was pretty awesome, followed by a don’t do meth line. The story was followed by the meth makers favorite song, a song off his newest release “To Blessed to be Stressed”, followed by “Old Stray Dog and Jesus.”

The concert was one of those you won’t forget. A good two hours of solid tunes and great stories. Paul was a real humble person, making sure that he met and thanked everyone for being there.

I am very thankful for having the chance to not only see Paul Thorn, but to have this amazing venue full of heritage. Thank you Bristol and Birthplace of Country Music Museum for creating something special in our backyard.

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