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Mountaineers have long been known for their ingenuity and independent spirit, traits that live on today among the entrepreneurs and artisans profiled in Smoky Mountain Living’s Made in the Smokies feature. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features

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

Acoustic Syndicate

Lynne Harty photo

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

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

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

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

River Whyless, a four-piece folk group from Asheville, makes waves with a wash of harmonies and lush violin melodies on its new album, We All the Light. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Knoxville celebrates its 225th birthday this October. I’ve lived here since 1984. You’d think the place wouldn’t hold too many secrets left for me to discover. Or at least that’s what I thought. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

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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

Made In The Smokies

Kathryn Ray photo

Whether toiling in tucked-away mountain workshops or bustling tourist studios, the region’s best artisans carry on traditions that have been passed down through the generations—oftentimes in their own families. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

The Asheville Symphony Sessions

Jesse Kitt photo

Music weaves its way through the hills of Asheville. A fiddle tune unfurls on a busy street corner, jazz floats out the windows of a wine bar, and rock clubs shake with raucous energy. Down the street, the Asheville Symphony spins its own magic. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

New Harp of Columbia

Carroll McMahan photo

Harmonious voices—often described as spirited, soulful, poignant, even haunting—ring out from Middle Creek United Methodist Church in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. These shape-note singers practice an art older than the church where they’ve assembled. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

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Donated

A Mighty Fine Memory pays tribute to regional treasure Roger Howell, the master fiddler from Madison County, North Carolina. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM 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

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

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Aaron Dahlstrom photo

Long the heart of Appalachian roots trio Red June, husband-and-wife musicians John Cloyd Miller and Natalya Zoe Weinstein recently released their first album, Equinox, as Zoe and Cloyd. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

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Kathryn Ray

A spirit of craftsmanship has always imbued these mountains. These days, Southern Appalachia’s most innovative artisans and entrepreneurs honor the past and this region while pushing their crafts to new limits. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

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Sandlin Gaither photo

​Amanda Anne Platt, songstress and bandleader for the Honeycutters, has a voice like a honey-coated hammer. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

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Elizabeth Aaron photo

Kevin Abernathy shamelessly proffers his rock-and-roll roots on his spring release of Ain’t Learned Yet. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

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Garret K. Woodward photo

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

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

For many folks, beer and music go together like banjo and fiddle. All of the above find a warm reception here in Southern Appalachia—often at the same spot. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

I never expected to buy a banjo, and certainly not for myself. And yet I recently found myself ogling an Irish tenor on the showroom wall of Acoustic Corner in Black Mountain, North Carolina. This was not my first visit. more

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM Blog

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

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia