Bristol TN/VA is a small town with a musical history. It is the birthplace of country music, and the country music museum is there. There is always live music playing somewhere, usually in the adorable downtown area. Rhythm and Roots festival every September features hundreds of artists from around the world. The whole downtown is blocked off for three days and there are about 10 different bands playing in different areas at all times. From punk rock to folk music you will find it at the festival. Great food downtown, be sure to check out the Manna Bagel Co. downtown. Great food and atmosphere! Homemade bagels and soups almost like a northern deli...delicious.