8 episodes

The Tennessee Music Pathways podcast takes listeners on a more than 1,000-mile journey, from Bristol and the birth of country music to Memphis and the start of rock n’ roll. Produced in an immersive documentary style, listeners will hear bluegrass played fast as lightning, country music sung from the heart and traditional Appalachian music performed live in the Great Smoky Mountains. We’ll shop in Elvis’ favorite clothing store, bang drums in the studio that made Uptown Funk, drink whiskey in a distillery housed in a more than 100-year-old former prison and so much more. Join us as we discover the Soundtrack of America, Made in Tennessee.

Tennessee Music Pathways Armchair Productions

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The Tennessee Music Pathways podcast takes listeners on a more than 1,000-mile journey, from Bristol and the birth of country music to Memphis and the start of rock n’ roll. Produced in an immersive documentary style, listeners will hear bluegrass played fast as lightning, country music sung from the heart and traditional Appalachian music performed live in the Great Smoky Mountains. We’ll shop in Elvis’ favorite clothing store, bang drums in the studio that made Uptown Funk, drink whiskey in a distillery housed in a more than 100-year-old former prison and so much more. Join us as we discover the Soundtrack of America, Made in Tennessee.

    The Nashville Sound

    The Nashville Sound

    Produced in a documentary style, the Tennessee Music Pathways series takes listeners on a more than 1,000-mile road trip, from Bristol and the birth of country music to Memphis and the start of rock n’ roll. Along the way, listeners will hear bluegrass played fast as lightning and traditional Appalachian music performed live in the Great Smoky Mountains. Follow along as Millar shops in Elvis’ favorite clothing store, bangs drums in the studio that made Uptown Funk, learns to play the spoons and drinks whiskey in a distillery housed in a more than 100-year-old former prison.
    Join us on an audio adventure across seven genres of music home to Tennessee. 
    “This is the story of America, from its roots in traditional fiddle music brought over by immigrants to the New World and enslaved individuals stolen in Africa, to the spark of rock n’ roll and soul that started here, united a nation, and spread across the world, Tennessee is the soundtrack to the evolution of America itself.”
    Aaron Millar, presenter of the Tennessee Music Pathways podcast Listen to historical recordings of the artists and songs we mention in this episode on our specially curated Spotify playlist: Tennessee Music Pathways 
    From the largest cities to the smallest communities, the Tennessee Music Pathways is a guide that connects visitors to the rich musical heritage of our state. Visitors can curate their own path based on interests using an interactive guide at www.TNmusicpathways.com. Follow the conversation on social using or searching hashtag #tnmusicpathways.
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    This series was produced by Armchair Productions, the audio experts for the travel industry www.armchair-productions.com

    • 30 min
    The Blues in Tennessee

    The Blues in Tennessee

    Follow award-winning Aaron Millar on a road trip across the Tennessee Music Pathways from the graveside of Sonny Boy Williamson, the grandfather of The Blues harmonica, to Chattanooga, home of the Big 9, and one of the original breeding grounds of The Blues. Along the way we will hear how The Blues became, perhaps, the most influential genre in all of music, inspiring everything from rock n’ roll to hip hop, R&B, and everything in between. But more than that, we’ll discover how The Blues became the soundtrack to America itself. From the field hollers of slaves who gave birth to its signature structure and style, to Ninth Street on Chattanooga, where musicians were first given a voice and platform to express themselves. We’re going to be singing with a gospel choir, watching jazz on the streets, making a blues pilgrimage to the backwoods of Jackson, Tennessee, and listening to some of the finest blues musicians in the state … get ready for the story of the blues in Tennessee!
    Produced in a documentary style, the Tennessee Music Pathways series takes listeners on a more than 1,000-mile road trip, from Bristol and the birth of country music to Memphis and the start of rock n’ roll. Along the way, listeners will hear bluegrass played fast as lightning and traditional Appalachian music performed live in the Great Smoky Mountains. Follow along as Millar shops in Elvis’ favorite clothing store, bangs drums in the studio that made Uptown Funk, learns to play the spoons and drinks whiskey in a distillery housed in a more than 100-year-old former prison.
    Join us on an audio adventure across seven genres of music home to Tennessee. 
    “This is the story of America, from its roots in traditional fiddle music brought over by immigrants to the New World and enslaved individuals stolen in Africa, to the spark of rock n’ roll and soul that started here, united a nation, and spread across the world, Tennessee is the soundtrack to the evolution of America itself.”
    Aaron Millar, presenter of the Tennessee Music Pathways podcast Listen to historical recordings of the artists and songs we mention in this episode on our specially curated Spotify playlist: Tennessee Music Pathways 
    From the largest cities to the smallest communities, the Tennessee Music Pathways is a guide that connects visitors to the rich musical heritage of our state. Visitors can curate their own path based on interests using an interactive guide at www.TNmusicpathways.com. Follow the conversation on social using or searching hashtag #tnmusicpathways.
    TNvacation.com | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube
    This series was produced by Armchair Productions, the audio experts for the travel industry www.armchair-productions.com

    • 32 min
    Tennessee Bluegrass: Hotter Than a Match

    Tennessee Bluegrass: Hotter Than a Match

    Follow award-winning travel writer Aaron Millar on a road trip across the Tennessee Music Pathways from the small rural town of Granville, to listen to bluegrass played in a more than 100-year-old country store, to Knoxville, one of birthplaces of the genre and home to some of the hottest players today.
    Along the way, we’ll discover the history of bluegrass from the legendary Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs who defined the genre, to the young players who are picking up the mantle today.  
    Bluegrass is a music borne from feel and raw emotion. It speaks to the heart, not the head. It’s about community, coming together, having fun. It will lift you up and sweep you along like the fast-flowing waters of the Tennessee River. It is foot stomping, hand clapping, blazingly fast songs hotter than a match. 
    But, most of all it is music that must be heard live. For that is where bluegrass truly lives and its stages are here, waiting in Tennessee. 
    Produced in a documentary style, the Tennessee Music Pathways series takes listeners on a more than 1,000-mile road trip, from Bristol and the birth of country music to Memphis and the start of rock n’ roll. Along the way, listeners will hear bluegrass played fast as lightning and traditional Appalachian music performed live in the Great Smoky Mountains. Follow along as Millar shops in Elvis’ favorite clothing store, bangs drums in the studio that made Uptown Funk, learns to play the spoons and drinks whiskey in a distillery housed in a more than 100-year-old former prison.
    Join us on an audio adventure across seven genres of music home to Tennessee. 
    “This is the story of America, from its roots in traditional fiddle music brought over by immigrants to the New World and enslaved individuals stolen in Africa, to the spark of rock n’ roll and soul that started here, united a nation, and spread across the world, Tennessee is the soundtrack to the evolution of America itself.”
    Aaron Millar, presenter of the Tennessee Music Pathways podcast Thank you to our guests and musicians:
    Evie Andrus https://evieandrusmusic.com Alex Leach https://www.thealexleachband.com Fast Track Band https://fasttrackband.com Jimmy Bilbry, Sutton Ole Time Music Hour https://www.granvilletn.com Wayne Bledsoe https://www.realknoxvillemusic.com Michael McCall, https://www.countrymusichalloffame.org Visit Knoxville https://www.visitknoxville.com Listen to historical recordings of the artists and songs we mention in this episode on our specially curated Spotify playlist: Tennessee Music Pathways 
    From the largest cities to the smallest communities, the Tennessee Music Pathways is a guide that connects visitors to the rich musical heritage of our state. Visitors can curate their own path based on interests using an interactive guide at www.TNmusicpathways.com. Follow the conversation on social using or searching hashtag #tnmusicpathways.
    TNvacation.com | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube
    This series was produced by Armchair Productions, the audio experts for the travel industry www.armchair-productions.com

    • 30 min
    The Birth of Country Music

    The Birth of Country Music

    Follow award-winning travel writer Aaron Millar on a road trip across East Tennessee’s Music Pathways, from the Great Smoky Mountains to Bristol and the birth of country music.
    Along the way, we will hear traditional Appalachian Music as it would have been performed more than a century ago; find out about the Bristol Sessions, a seminal recording that happened here in 1929 and went on to change the world. We’ll get a tour of Dolly Parton’s hometown with one of her childhood friends and see the theme park which holds her name. Opening and closing the show is acclaimed songwriter Ed Snodderly with a live performance you won’t forget.
    Harlan Howard famously said: “Country music is three chords and the truth.” We’re looking for that truth, where it comes from, why it connects with us and where it’s headed today. 
    Produced in a documentary style, the Tennessee Music Pathways series takes listeners on a more than 1,000-mile road trip, from Bristol and the birth of country music to Memphis and the start of rock n’ roll. Along the way, listeners will hear bluegrass played fast as lightning and traditional Appalachian music performed live in the Great Smoky Mountains. Follow along as Millar shops in Elvis’ favorite clothing store, bangs drums in the studio that made Uptown Funk, learns to play the spoons and drinks whiskey in a distillery housed in a more than 100-year-old former prison.
    Join us on an audio adventure across seven genres of music home to Tennessee.
    “This is the story of America, from its roots in traditional fiddle music brought over by immigrants to the New World and enslaved individuals stolen in Africa, to the spark of rock n’ roll and soul that started here, united a nation, and spread across the world, Tennessee is the soundtrack to the evolution of America itself.”
    Aaron Millar, presenter of the Tennessee Music Pathways podcast Thank you to our guests and musicians:
    Ed Snodderly www.edsnodderlymusic.com  Amber Rose www.dollywood.com/ Boogertown Gap www.boogertowngap.com Ruth Miller www.visitsevierville.com Rene Rogers www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/ Explore Bristol www.explorebristol.com Listen to historical recordings of the artists and songs we mention in this episode on our specially curated Spotify playlist: Tennessee Music Pathways 
    From the largest cities to the smallest communities, the Tennessee Music Pathways is a guide that connects visitors to the rich musical heritage of our state. Visitors can curate their own path based on interests using an interactive guide at www.TNmusicpathways.com. Follow the conversation on social using or searching hashtag #tnmusicpathways.
    TNvacation.com | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube
    This series was produced by Armchair Productions, the audio experts for the travel industry www.armchair-productions.com

    • 33 min
    Introducing: The Tennessee Music Pathways

    Introducing: The Tennessee Music Pathways

    The Tennessee Music Pathways podcast takes listeners on a more than 1,000-mile journey, from Bristol and the birth of country music to Memphis and the start of rock n’ roll. Produced in an immersive documentary style, listeners will hear bluegrass played fast as lightning, country music sung from the heart and traditional Appalachian music performed live in the Great Smoky Mountains. We’ll shop in Elvis’ favorite clothing store, bang drums in the studio that made Uptown Funk, drink whiskey in a distillery housed in a more than 100-year-old former prison and so much more. Join us as we discover the Soundtrack of America, Made in Tennessee.

    • 30 sec
    Pathway Sessions: Live at The Moxy Chattanooga with Rick Rushing

    Pathway Sessions: Live at The Moxy Chattanooga with Rick Rushing

    Today we have a live session from Chattanooga blues musician Rick Rushing. We were lucky to catch Rick in an incredibly special and intimate setting at The Moxy, Chattanooga, just Rick, our presenter, producer, and his guitar.
    Rick’s songs and the spirit in which he plays are incredible, but just as special was the conversation we had in between. The Blues is the bedrock of all music, even country, and when you hear Rick talk about his passion for this seminal American art form you’re going to understand why.
    “The Blues is where everything comes from. It is raw and revives the soul, true emotion, and musical creativity.”
    Rick Rushing, Singer/Guitarist Rick Rushing and The Blues Strangers You’ve been listening to blues master Rick Rushing, one of Chattanooga’s best musicians. His band is called Rick Rushing & The Blues Strangers and you can hear them live in Chattanooga and across the state. www.rrandbluesstrangers.wordpress.com 
    Twitter @IIIRushing 
    Instagram @RickRockiii 
    Facebook Rick Rushing & the Blues Strangers
    From the largest cities to the smallest communities, the Tennessee Music Pathways is a guide that connects visitors to the rich musical heritage of our state. Visitors can curate their own path based on interests using an interactive guide at www.TNmusicpathways.com. Follow the conversation on social using or searching hashtag #tnmusicpathways.
    TNvacation.com | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube
    This series was produced by Armchair Productions, the audio experts for the travel industry www.armchair-productions.com

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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Adison Broin ,

Great Show!

Such a great show! I didn’t want it to end! I’ve never been to Tennessee, now I can’t wait to go there…Booking a flight!

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