Four CD boxed set (LP box size with 100 tracks) with 136-page hardcover book. Playing time approx. 302 mns. The famous 1927 Bristol Sessions, produced by Victor Records in Bristol, Tennessee are known as ‘The Big Bang Of Country Music.’ But don’t overlook the recordings made in nearby Johnson City by Columbia Records in October 1928 and October 1929. Collectively, the Johnson City recordings are regarded by scholars, collectors, and lovers of old-time music as a distinctive cross-section of Appalachian music, captured on the cusp of the Great Depression.
Bear Family Records has gathered the entire issued output of the 1928-29 Johnson City sessions. This is the first time all 100 songs have been issued together. The accompanying 136-page, LP-size hardcover book contains newly researched essays on the background to the sessions and the artists, with many rare and unpublished photographs. Also included are complete song lyrics and a detailed discography.