Music Heritage Month


WHEREAS, Virginia’s musical heritage includes such diverse genres as Piedmont blues, folk, brass, hip-hop, mountain music, country, gospel, and rock and roll; and

WHEREAS, many notable musicians were either born or began their careers in Virginia and have become part of the cultural fabric of the United States; and

WHEREAS, Bristol, Virginia prides itself as the birthplace of country music in honor of the 1927 Bristol Sessions, a series of commercial recording sessions sponsored by the Victor Talking Machine Company, which legendary country artist Johnny Cash referred to as “the single most important event in the history of country music”; and

WHEREAS, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum opened in August 2014 to celebrate the vibrant and enduring music culture of Southwest Virginia and to commemorate the historic 1927 Bristol Sessions; and

WHEREAS, Virginia hosts many internationally renowned music festivals throughout the year, including FloydFest, Ricky Scaggs Pickin’ Party, Celebrating Patsy, the National Folk Festival, the Virginia Blues & Jazz Festival, the Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention, and the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion; and

WHEREAS, 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the acclaimed Carter Family Fold concert venue in Hiltons, Virginia, named after A.P. and Sara Carter and dedicated to the preservation and performance of country and bluegrass music; and

WHEREAS, Music Heritage Month is an opportunity to recognize the rich musical culture of Virginia and to celebrate the success and evolution of all types of music across the United States;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 2014 as MUSIC HERITAGE MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.