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Bristol, shared with Virginia, is one of '9 U.S. Small Towns and Cities with Big Music Chops'

    Speaking of down-home sounds, just an hour and a half north of Asheville, an Appalachian-region town called Bristol - where the Virginia-Tennessee state line runs right down the main street - bills itself as "the birthplace of country music" thanks to the recording sessions which took place here in the summer of 1927 - hailed as the "Big Bang" of country. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum lays it all out for you, with exhibits, displays, and live performances. In addition to that,…

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Bonnaroo in Manchester included in "The USA's Top 10 Music Festivals"

  Spring and summer are prime music festival season, and after being largely suspended for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the most part they've come roaring back in 2022. The United States being the huge country that it is, there are dozens of options for all musical tastes. Here's a sampling of the top ten, in order of dates (all given for this year, but will be similar in 2023): read post  

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Memphis featured in 'Barbecue in the USA: A Quick Primer'

Southern Foodways Alliance In the USA, barbecue is a year-round treat, and many regions of the country – mostly in the American South – have their own particular slant on the art of roasting, smoking, and saucing meats on a nice hot grill or in a smoker or pit. But summertime is especially barbecue time here, when BBQ cookouts are common. Here’s a quick primer of the top variations for those of you visiting soon. read post  

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