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Ride 5: Music To Your Ears From The Southern Dozen

Motorcycle touring around Johnson City, Tennessee

Music To Your Ears

Carter Family Fold Ranch is a must-visit, which pays tribute to old-time country and bluegrass music.

Mike Calabro

Music to your ears is 88 miles of scenic riding from Johnson City to the birthplace of country music in Bristol. Once in Bristol you can walk the line like Johnny Cash by walking down the center of State Street with one foot in Bristol, Tennessee, and the other in Bristol, Virginia. Okay, Mr. Cash was talking about another line but you get the gist.

After riding 44 miles of rolling hills, one way, hop off the bike and grab a bite at the Burger Bar, which is the last place Hank Williams was seen alive. Don’t worry, he didn’t die from the food. Thrillist.com says they are the best burger in the state of Virginia.

Music To Your Ears

Stop off at Bristol Motor Speedway to take in a race, or just visit the historic racetrack.

Mike Calabro

Learn about the first recordings of country music and explore how the musical heritage of the region continues to influence music around the world through interactive exhibits at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The museum celebrates the story of the 1927 Bristol sessions recordings. These were first recordings of both Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter family. Jimmie Rodgers is known as the “father of country music” and was the first person inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Bristol also boasts the auditorium that June Carter and Johnny Cash, The Carter Family Fold called their musical home.

Music To Your Ears

Music To Your Ears

Mike Calabro

You can also take a tour or watch a NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Good Food: Stop at the famous Ridgewood Barbecue along the route in Bluff City, known for its thin-sliced Pork and Blue Cheese Dip.

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