In keeping with the standard version of history, the new Ken Burns Country Music documentary spotlights the 1927 Bristol Sessions, when Victor Records producer Ralph Peer discovered The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. But Johnson City, 25 miles away, is part of the larger story of field recording in early country music, and it's celebrating a 90th anniversary this month, says Ted Olson, a professor in the department of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University.


The campaign to convince the world that modern Music City is more than country music has been a rousing success. It’s safe to say the national audience is now aware that Nashville nurtures and produces rock and pop acts. The city’s history in R&B and rock and roll recording has been well told via popular exhibits at the Country Music Hall of Fame.