Just last Saturday I read (in the Bristol Herald-Courier) this:
Appalachian Cultural Music Association officials announced Friday the organization will begin work immediately to renovate a building in downtown Marion for a Song of the Mountains Museum.The intended Marion museum is an expansion of sorts of the Mountain Music Museum that currently resides in Bristol.
The plan is to refurbish a downtown Marion building that's fallen into disrepair for the museum.
Today, in the samer paper, I read this:
Birthplace of Country Music Alliance hires a North Carolina firm to help raise $12 million for a cultural heritage centerThat proposed location for the Birthplace of Country Music Museum would be on Cumberland Street, Bristol. The same Bristol where the Song of the Mountains Museum resides. The Mountain Music Museum that is annexing a location just up the road in Marion.
By David McGee, Bristol Herald-Courier Staff Writer
Bristol, Va. – The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance has hired a North Carolina firm to oversee next year’s $12 million fundraising campaign.
The Bristol-based nonprofit is trying to establish a world-class cultural heritage center in a vacant Cumberland Street building. (link)
I know it's sacrilege to think of the two genres as having some linkage but would it be wrong of me to suggest that officials with the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance get with the folks at the Appalachian Cultural Music Association on all this and try their mightiest to not confuse the living beejeebers out of us?