Joe Hooten

The Orange Peel

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As the festival season slowly starts to kick into high gear, music lovers who prefer a seat rather than standing shoulder to shoulder with strangers are reminded of the plethora of opportunities to hear high-caliber music in quality venues. more

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Fletcher Feed and Seed

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The Blue Ridge Music Trail in North Carolina is a musical guide established by the North Carolina Arts Council that is aimed at guiding visitors and residents alike to the region’s most authentic and traditional music. more

Nov 1, 2014 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia


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Murder ballads have long been a part of American folklore, many of which have been handed down from one generation to the next while others have existed for centuries in other cultures across the ocean. more

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Whitewater Recording Studio

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Adam Greenberg has followed his dream and built a state-of-the-art recording studio in Western North Carolina, a facility nestled in a remote area of Buncombe County near the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. more

Aug 1, 2014 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

The music festival season across the Southern Appalachians starts in early spring and goes full throttle all the way until the first frost. more

May 1, 2014 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia


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When you’re only nine years old, the world seems like a pretty big place with lots of rules and adults running the show. There are a few things, though, you’ve mastered by that age. more

Apr 1, 2014 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia


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While the rolling hills of North Carolina gave birth to the sounds of bluegrass and mountain music, the universities in the eastern part of the state are credited with bringing creative minds together and giving rise to new types of bands. more

Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Steep Canyon Rangers

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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

Despite the upscale Orange Peel or the gentrified Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, the unassuming Grey Eagle consistently draws prominent acts and recording artists, and Western North Carolina’s own local talent also shares the venue’s stage. more

Oct 1, 2013 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

On May 1, 1994, the seminal alt-country group Uncle Tupelo performed its final show before a standing-room-only crowd at Mississippi Nights in St. Louis, Mo. more

Aug 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

As patrons of the arts, we live vicariously through the artists’ painting, the authors’ prose, the musicians’ song; we consume their creations and align ourselves—for good or for bad—with the journey upon which these individuals have embarked. more

Apr 1, 2013 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

There’s a subtle sense of satisfaction that comes with constructing the perfect mix-tape. Some would say it’s an art form in itself. Many of us have poured countless hours of sincere thought into making one. more

Feb 1, 2013 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Rayna Gellert

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Rayna Gellert, Asheville, N.C.’s, accomplished singer\songwriter and acclaimed fiddler, was raised in a warm and loving home that embraced traditional music as an obsession since she can remember. more

Dec 1, 2012 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Although not a devout follower of the traditional styles that other bluegrass or old-time musicians have championed, Scott Avett plays from the heart regardless of his unconventional methods. more

Oct 1, 2012 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Doc Watson

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Doc Watson’s story is every bit of the American dream fulfilled. He was one of North Carolina’s greatest musicians, responsible for influencing multitudes of musicians and music lovers across the globe. more

Aug 1, 2012 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Now You See Them

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For the better part of a year and half, Dulci Ellenberger and her band, the wildly popular folk-trio Now You See Them, have worked steadily on their first full-length album. The folk songstress contributed several songs on the 11-track debut. more

Jun 1, 2012 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

The jug sound began as an early blend of jazz, ragtime and country blues. It was clearly defined by the energetic use of home-made or non traditional instruments including the fiddle, banjo, harmonica (or kazoo) and of course, the jug. more

Apr 1, 2012 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Tyler Ramsey

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It’s amazing how dreams find a way of coming true. Earlier this year Tyler Ramsey, who is now a full-time member of the successful indie-rock group Band of Horses, was able to find time to write, record, and release his third solo album. more

Feb 1, 2012 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

The V-Roys

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On the eve of the new millennium, Knoxville, Tenn., roots music fans bid farewell to one of the most beloved bands that ever called The Marble City home. The V-Roys, in all their ragged glory, charged through an inspiring set at the Tennesse Theater. more

Dec 1, 2011 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia