Bristol Records & Our History
Rich Musical Traditions
A legacy that lives on in the tapestry of country music today
BRISTOL: The Birthplace of Country Music
Ninety years ago—about the same time WSM Radio was broadcasting the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee—the “single most important event in the history of country music” (1) was happening in Bristol, Tennessee.
It was the summer of 1927 and a record producer for the Victor Talking Machine Company, named Ralph Peer, was recording almost any local artist that crossed his path. He only spent twelve days in Bristol, yet Peer managed to record seventy-six fiddle tunes, sacred songs and string bands with nineteen performers, including Ernest V. Stoneman, Blind Alfred Reed, Alfred G. Karnes, El Watson, and the first celebrated recordings of The Original Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, the undisputed Father of Country Music.
These 1927 Bristol Sessions captured, for the first time, the rich legacy of authentic music of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Appalachian regions. It was the success of these recording, however, that developed a sound and a style, much of which became known later as the ‘country’ music genre. This rich musical heritage created a bridge from old-time folk to modern country music. It lives on in the tapestry of country music today.
(1) Attributed to Johnny Cash.
About: Bristol Records
It is with great respect and mindfulness that we selected ‘Bristol’ as the name for our indie boutique record label company. The Bristol name carries with it an awesome responsibility to a place and event revered in the history of country music. Yet, at the same time, it clarifies and energizes our mission in ways we could never have achieved all on our own.
Bristol Records is committed to building upon these rich musical traditions with like-minded artists who will work hard to do the country legacy proud. That is the ambition and the joy in being a part of the Bristol Records family.
Our core values guide and remind us why we do what do:
Bristol Records Inc. was founded in 2017 and is based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We’re a record label that works directly with our artists’ team of management, booking agents, and tour promoters. We occasionally produce or partner with show promoters to host concerts, festivals & events.
THE BRISTOL TEAM
Pauline Jackson didn’t go out looking to be in the music industry; the industry found her. She fell in love with the energy of country music the first time she attended a Mountain Music Festival in Merritt, BC. The song lyrics hit home, and the fans—whether she knew them or not—all of sudden became family. Country music touched her soul, profoundly.
She gravitated to and became close friends with people in the music industry. Working in the Events & Hospitality Industry afforded her the opportunity to use her contacts and resources to support the talent of country singers, songwriters and musicians that shared her passion. Over time, she found herself involved in booking and managing artists that she most valued. Ultimately these freelance endeavours paved her road of good intentions into a solid business vision and a mission: to build a boutique record label specifically for like-minded country music artists. This became Bristol Records.
With degrees in Business & Marketing and Hotel Sales Management and as a Certified Meeting Planner, Pauline has everything she needs to pull ahead of the crowd.
While she will say the greatest accomplishment in her life has been raising two amazing boys to adulthood, there is no doubt, whatsoever, that her generosity and kindness extends well beyond her own family. Pauline lives to support greatness, wherever she finds it.
To say that Jovan Vujatovic is well prepared for the production and artistic challenges of a country record label company, like Bristol Records, is an understatement. Decidedly.
Jovan has been involved in many facets of the Music and Film Industry over the past 25 years: as an award-winning performer; with ‘London Bridge Studio’ producer Rick Parashar, where he learned to cut tape and record three of his albums; as a production head for Fox, NBC, Disney, Warner and for Amazon’s ‘Man in The High Castle’ series. He is also the owner of ‘396 Productions’ and ‘Dixie Horn Studios’.
All that success makes you forget that Jovan wasn’t involved much in country music growing up. Not to worry: behind his extensive experience, Jovan remains, at heart, a true fan of music. Songwriting and producing records for Bristol Records has awakened a new-found joy and creative energy in his life once again—feelings that, for a time, had faded away, almost forgotten.
Jovan has always had a picture of what his life could be like. Yet, now that he is married with a young son, everything about family, both in his personal and professional life, has become more valuable. His commitment to the Bristol Records family opens opportunities for him to fill the world with country music so significant, it just might create a legacy that stands the test of time. If he can’t do it, nobody can.