Johnson City Sessions

Brief Overview & Resources

The Johnson City Sessions are an important part of our musical heritage in East Tennessee and played an important role in the early development of what we now consider Country Music. Frank Buckley Walker, who led the “Hillbilly” recordings division of Columbia Records, set up shop in Johnson City between 1928 and 1929, auditioning and recording a wide variety of local talent.

We just celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Johnson City Sessions with a downtown festival and concerts by musicians who carry on the legacy of Old-Time music today. The history and celebration of the Johnson City Sessions has been spearheaded by faculty from East Tennessee State University’s Center for Appalachian Studies. Their dedication to the preservation and study of old time music gives them considerable expertise in this unique period of musical history.

For more information about The Johnson City Sessions, here are a few links and resources.


Come See Us


Open by appointment through booking system




809 South Roan St. Johnson City, TN 37601