For fourteen years, the third weekend in September has found me celebrating the birth of country music with thousands of my best friends along State Street in Bristol, TN/VA.
During that time, I have been incredibly lucky to have been at the epicenter of the booking process for the festival. For a music junkie, helping to craft the line up for such an expansive roots music festival, which covers everything from country and bluegrass to blues and indie rock, is a “pinch me I must be dreaming” kind of experience.
I cannot overemphasize the worth of the friendships I have made or the pride that I feel in a festival well designed, during my time with the festival.
A bit over two weeks ago, the downtown area of the two Bristols – the state line separates the twin cities – was crowded with music enthusiasts from across the country. Wandering patrons found bands in every nook and cranny, playing before intimate crowds on a small stage in a local bar or eatery or before thousands on a giant outdoor stage.
This year, I was lucky enough to have a great photographer, Josh Moore, and his wife, Jody Moore, working with me to grab photos from all across the weekend. Check out the gallery below for just a glimpse into some of the great talent that we had at this year’s Reunion. And if you are looking for something fun to do next September, be sure to check out the festival’s website for upcoming line-ups and ticket announcements. We are already steamrolling towards our 2020 festival – which happens to be our 20th anniversary – and I promise it is going to be a big one.