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Garret K. Woodward

With the untimely passing of founding member and longtime lead singer Scott Weiland in 2015, and the tragic suicide of replacement singer Chester Bennington in 2017, the Stone Temple Pilots were at a crucial crossroads. more

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Before his upcoming Asheville show, the legendary troubadour talks about life on the road, the spark of creativity. more

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Despite uncharacteristically freezing temperatures rolling through Eastern Tennessee this past weekend, the Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival proved yet again its place as one of the “must see” events of its kind in Southern Appalachia. more

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Like many cities in the southeast, Lexington, Kentucky, has a seen a rebirth over the last decade. Withering metro areas following the economic collapse, these spots have become culinary, artistic and musical capitals of their respective states. more

Outposts

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Like a tumbleweed from his native Texas, Rodney Crowell has bounced and rolled along through life to wherever the four winds of the cosmos push him. more

Sweet Appalachia

Over the better part of the last two decades, The Steep Canyon Rangers have done the single most important thing a band can do—be themselves. more

Sweet Appalachia

Largely unknown outside of East Tennessee, The Monday Movement can immediately turn a small room into an enormous arena of tone and sound. more

Sweet Appalachia

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

Sweet Appalachia

Acoustic Syndicate

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Straddling the lines between bluegrass, mountain music and rock-n-roll, Acoustic Syndicate is a result of their miles on the road, where they soaked in the sounds of the landscapes they passed through, the countless stages they took each night. more

Sweet Appalachia

'Rocky Top' Celebrates 50 Years

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Tucked away in the heart of the Old City in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, the Jackson Terminal is a former railroad freight depot now modern-day event venue. And on a recent Saturday evening, Andy and Ashley Wagner got hitched. more

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As the Monday through Friday host of WDVX’s “Blue Plate Special” on 89.9 FM, Red Hickey oversees a legendary radio program in the studio located on bustling Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. more

Sweet Appalachia

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Garret K. Woodward

Clayton, Georgia, recedes in the rearview mirror. Head farther west on Highway 76. The last of the day’s sunshine falls behind the Blue Ridge Mountains. Take a right on Persimmon Road, an easy-to-miss turnoff into the backwoods. more

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

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

Sweet Appalachia

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An old church stands just a few yards away from Patton Avenue, a main artery of hustle and bustle in downtown Asheville. On the outside one might mistake it to be abandoned or forgotten. more

Sweet Appalachia

Led by the Asheville-based sister duo of Leah and Chloe Smith, Rising Appalachia creates mountain music accented with everything from hip-hop to world fusion. more

Sweet Appalachia

Balsam Range in Fines Creek

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In July 2012, I wandered into The Smoky Mountain News office in downtown Waynesville, North Carolina—tired, hungry, a little delirious and full of inertia and caffeine after a nonstop haul from upstate New York. more

Good Reads

In the early days

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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

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Raymond Fairchild

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Journalism, like the music industry, is an industry in flux. On my first day of my first journalism class, my professor casually walked in, set his briefcase on the table, and scanned the room slowly, silently. After few moments, he finally spoke. more

Good Reads

Overlooking the countryside

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The road gets smaller and smaller to Ron and Rachel Clearfield’s home. Pavement turns to gravel, then to dirt, the route lined by majestic rolling hills and thick woods. It’s Saturday and the sun is shining. more

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