Situated in the heart of downtown Canton, North Carolina, the Colonial Theatre is surrounded by buildings with signs saying “For Rent” or “For Sale” in the windows. It’s a remaining cultural crown jewel of a community that has seen better years. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Standing behind the counter of High Country Tire in Sylva, North Carolina, Summer McMahan is a long way from the bright lights of New York City. Outside the shop and convenience store, cars zip and zoom by nonstop down U.S. 441. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Joe Wilson

Mark Lynn Ferguson photo

Joe Wilson sure wasn’t running on sleep when he climbed into a car to be driven to the far side of Thailand at 6 a.m. The prop plane that flew him and a bevy of roots stars wobbled to the ground in Bangkok just four hours before. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

In the early days

Courtesy of Louise Best

Music is like a memory—each performance a moment preserved, notes recalled but replayed never quite exactly the same way. And like a memory, music survives long after its makers. more

Nov 1, 2014 12:00 AM Features

Steep Canyon Rangers

Donated photo

It’s no secret that the Steep Canyon Rangers are on a roll these days. The group won a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2013 with “Nobody Knows You” and the band has wasted no time releasing another collection of award-worthy songs. more

Dec 1, 2013 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Rounder Records is set to release a fantastic collaboration between long-time banjo player extraordinaire Steve Martin and singer/songwriter Edie Brickell, the result of a true partnership in songwriting. more

Jun 1, 2013 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia