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Video below: Three Dog Night and the Tennessee Symphony Orchestra performing "Joy To The World"

Video above: Go Rest High on that Mountain, written and performed by Vince Gill with The Isaacs at Country Bluegrass Homecoming

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"... The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of the living musical heritage of the Appalachian Mountains and the cultural traditions that sustain it. [It] is funded in part by grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts.... The Birthplace of Country Music Cultural Heritage Center (CHC) will provide the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance with a new, permanent facility to house its operations, including the museum, educational programs, and artistic programming, in furtherance of the organization's mission, 'To tell the story of the musical and cultural heritage of the region, its role in the birth and development of country music, and its influence on music around the world.' Jobo TN Music on the Square, click for enlargement The CHC will be housed in a 24,000 square foot facility in historic downtown Bristol, Virginia which was donated to the organization. This center will serve as a major tourist destination for the region, drawing at least 75,000 visitors per year resulting in an economic impact of over $43,232,806 over five years to the region, generating $1,041,253 in direct tax revenue.... The interactive, multi-media exhibits and programs will interpret the region's musical heritage, placing it into the larger cultural context and make connections to other aspects of the region's culture, including family, religion, other folk and traditional arts, work and occupation, technology, and ethnic/cultural diversity in the region. The programming at the new Cultural Heritage Center will consist of exhibits (both permanent and temporary), educational activities, live musical performances, lecture and film series, and other outreach activities. The new facility will include state of the art, multi-media exhibits that trace the history, cultural influences, and development of country music through a sequence of audio-visual experiences which will allow visitors the opportunity to listen to the melodies and encounter the rich musical tradition first hand. Visitors will be able to attend performances by local, regional, and national artists in an intimate 100 seat theatre. The completed facility will include a 2,000 square foot temporary exhibit gallery, featuring traveling exhibits from other institutions. The completed facility will include a 2,000 square foot temporary exhibit gallery, featuring traveling exhibits from other institutions. This gallery will allow the organization to take greater advantage of its status as an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, by hosting temporary exhibits and artifacts on loan from the Smithsonian collections...." -- (ret.) Judge John L. Kiener in Heritage Preserved, Herald & Tribune 3/23/10
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Lightnin' Charlie with a popular standard at the Mountain Empire's annual Little Chicago Blues Festival


Classic and ever-popular Tennessee Mountain Empire anthem
by one of its most famous own, Dolly Parton

Elvis in a legendary early performance

Lonesome Fiddle Blues, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN
International Student Competition

Blueground Undergrass performing Black Muddy River
by The Grateful Dead at Suwannee Springfest

Carolina Chocolate Drops performing Georgie Buck
at the Atlanta History Center

Divine Maggees playing and singing "love me like the roses"

Goose Creek Symphony performing at Breaks Park VA

Infamous Stringdusters at Bluegrass Underground!

Ras Alan and The Lions
at Bristol TN/VA's annual Rhythm and Roots Festival, 2009

Ben Sollee at L.E.A.F. May 2010

Celtibillies performing for Song of the Mountain

Irish classic Whiskey Before Breakfast performed by a family group

Sugar Babe performed at the Loft in Vierzon, France by Purgatory Mountain

Elvis with Bridge Over Troubled Water

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Johnson City Tennessee Symphony Orchestra
with Robert Seebacher conducting and violinist Ella Chang,
February 13, 2010 concert "From Russia With Love"
Seeger Chapel, Milligan College

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"To each man a song, born into his blood and vision -- the working force, the fire of spirit. To each his gift, the song that he is committed to sing in his time on earth. Yet a man must hear it forming and feel the composition of it along the strings of his soul. In the quiet and secret places of his heart the music waits. Voices he does not know sing it to him when he does not watch, and those bells that rang in other lands, in other times, ring yet to reach each soul.
"But he must take along his soul into the riven, quarrelsome streets and into the furious arenas where he meets with life. And there is no place to hide.
"And music, so gossamer and tender, born of innocence and frail substance, is thrust into the forge and laid upon the anvil, and struck there with hammers and beaten upon from divers directions.
"If he cannot protect his song and slip away from the destruction of his soul, if he cannot hide from the clamor and the weight and the heat, then he is lost.
"If the calloused hand of circumstance reaches inside him and scrambles the notes, scattering them to the lost reaches of his soul as the planets are flung through the heavens, then he is doomed and lost.
"And if the searing finger of despair reaches in to cauterize, to seal up his soul, and the cold wash of fear descends upon him and his metal has no temper, then he will not live.
"For of what use is life if a man cannot find the lost knowledge of himself, or put together again a song that has been broken and scattered, or restore his soul?" -- The Song of Samuel, And Scatter the Proud by (now-deceased Asheville NC reporter and novelist) Lewis W. Green

"The Solfeggio frequencies come from an ancient musical scale that was thought to be lost centuries ago and replaced with the scale that is used today (12 tone equal temperament with A=440). They are the original sound frequencies used in Ancient Gregorian chants including the great hymn to St. John the Baptist...."--Source Vibrations

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"The way of the Cross is not easy, yet it is the tuneful, the rhythmic, the beautiful, the lovely way."
-- Edgar Cayce, Association for Research and Enlightenment

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