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We Shall All Be Reunited: Revisiting The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928

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"We Shall All Be Reunited showcases on a mid-price single-CD 26 memorable and varied recordings from the late 1920s Bristol sessions by a range of Appalachian musicians. The recordings were painstakingly remastered in 2020 by sound engineer Marcus Heumann. The album features an evocative 44-page insert booklet designed by Bear Family art director Mychael Gerstenberger. New liner notes written by Ted Olson in which the 1927 sessions are reassessed based on recent scholarly research and discussion. The liner notes explore 'the rest of the story' -- the related cultural occurrences all-too-often ignored or marginalized. This CD continues the series of Bear Family's mid-priced releases exploring East Tennessee's influential 1920s-era location recording sessions. Follow-up album to the Independent Music Award-winning 2019 single-CD Tell It To Me: Revisiting The Johnson City Sessions, 1928-1929 (BCD17591). We Shall All Be Reunited: Revisiting The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928 casts new light on an old story -- that of the 1927 Bristol sessions. Conducted by Victor Records A&R producer Ralph Peer, this seminal event from the early years of commercial recording in the 1920s was nicknamed 'the Big Bang of Country Music,' while the city in which the event occurred -- Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia -- was officially dubbed 'the Birthplace of Country Music.' Featuring 15 key recordings made in Bristol during late July and early August 1927 -- including first-ever recordings by the now-legendary Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers as well as recordings by several important early country musicians, including Ernest Stoneman, Henry Whitter, Blind Alfred Reed, and others -- We Shall All Be Reunited revisits and reinterprets that 1927 event. To provide a holistic portrayal of Peer's recording work in Bristol, this album includes 11 stand-out selections -- including several classic recordings of old-time and gospel music by such musicians as Uncle Eck Dunford."