The key to Balsam Range’s success is a long-time group of friends, all open to new ideas, new techniques and approaches to that high, lonesome sound that remains at the core of their identity. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia


Hannah Furgiuele photo

Most of the time, no matter the season, Arvil and his fiddle hold court in his living room—also known as his teaching studio. That’s where my fiddle and I have joined him for the afternoon. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

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