bristol rhythm & roots reunion 2012

If you ask me, Bristol Rhythm & Roots is the best bang for your festival buck in the country — $40 gets you a weekend of the best traditional and new Americana artists out there, plus you get to watch the Tennessee/Florida game with Tennessee fans, and the quality of the street food is top-notch….

festival preview: bristol rhythm & roots reunion

shep. and I discovered Bristol Rhythm & Roots — or just “Bristol” to bands and regular festival-goers — back in 2009, when friends Holy Ghost Tent Revival and the New Familiars both played; we attended again in 2010, took 2011 because of its proximity to Raleigh’s Hopscotch Music Festival, and in 2012, I just said…

bristol rhythm & roots reunion 2010

Cost effective and bitchin’, as one of my coworkers would say. Happy 10th birthday, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion! You don’t look a day over seven. You were a highlight of 2009, and you brought it again in 2010. Can’t wait for 2011. “Was that your brother?” One of the best parts of the festival…

bristol rhythm & roots 2010

I think this may be my second favorite place in the world outside of the state of North Carolina (Camden Yards is my favorite). Not this Econo Lodge specifically, but Bristol in general. We’re in Tenne-virginia for the 10th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion this weekend; keep an eye out here for photos and out…

bristol rhythm & roots 2010 preview

The boys in Holy Ghost Tent Revival turned me on to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion two springs ago, when I was hanging out in the studio with them. “It’s great,” they said. “You should go.” A couple of months later, Josh Daniel from the New Familiars told me the same thing. Last August, Ian…

hoots and hellmouth — the holy open secret

bristol rhythm & roots: hoots and hellmouth, originally uploaded by minervacat. Hoots & Hellmouth — The Holy Open Secret.  Not a brand new release, but a 2009 album that I can’t stop thinking about and listening to.  I often struggle to describe the sound of an album I’m talking about, because “hipsters with banjos” doesn’t…

bristol rhythm & roots reunion, 2009

Behind the jump, a thousand words in words and seven thousand in photos on Bristol, Tennessee. (This is long; sorry!  In my defense, it’ll probably be the longest thing I ever post on here.)