'These Johnson City Sessions arguably constitute the second most important recording sessions ever conducted in Appalachia, the most important being, of course, the Bristol Sessions ... most of the '28 recordings were issued and some of them became best-sellers nationally.'
– Ted Olson, ETSU
Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott, known for their solo work as well as for stints in high-profile bands, are uniting again for a live performance with Mountain Stage with Larry Groce in ETSU's Martha Street Culp Auditorium. The evening's line-up includes: Texas singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz, Juno Award-winning Old Man Luedecke, Rounder Records' recording artists The Deadly Gentlemen, and the ETSU Old Time Pride Band. Produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Mountain Stage broadcasts over hundreds of National Public Radio stations worldwide. The concert is hosted by the Birthplace of Country Music® with East Tennessee State University.
Each week Mountain Stage treats radio listeners to the best seat in the house for two hours of live performance, recorded with an audience and heard around the country on NPR. Co-founder Larry Groce has been hosting since the first episode in 1983. Most shows take place at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V., but frequently the show goes on the road, as in the case of the ETSU show.
Mountain Stage is traveling to Johnson City in October to mark the 85th anniversary of the Johnson City Sessions, which occurred in 1928, about a year after the renowned Bristol Sessions. The property where the Sessions occurred is where WJHL- News Channel 11 is located today. Walker came back a following year in October 1929 for another four-day Session.
The Johnson City Recording Sessions willl be celebrated with five special events:
• Thursday, Oct. 17, 4:30-6 p.m. ~ Reception at Reece
• Saturday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m. ~ Studio One, WETS Radio
• Saturday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m. ~ Box Set Release Party, The Down Home
• Sunday, Oct. 20, 5-6 p.m. ~ VIP Gala, King Center
• Sunday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m. ~ Mountain Stage performance
This event is a partnership between Mary B. Martin School of the Arts & Birthplace of Country Music.
APST, BGSD, BLUE, EVNS, HIST, HUMT, MALS, MUSC, RTVF, UHON, ETSU 1000