On a recent cold and rainy afternoon, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys were hard at work at Sound Biscuit on the string act’s third album. Read more

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Balsam Range

Photo by David Simchock

“Congratulations to this year’s awards recipients and all of the nominees,” said Paul Schiminger, executive director of IBMA. Read more


At first glance, you may not be familiar with the name Jim Rooney. By all accounts, though, you’re probably well-aware of the people, places and things he not only was part of, but also created, championed, and chased after. Read more

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Bobby Hicks

Pat Franklin photo

A magical music jam occurs every Thursday evening in downtown Marshall, North Carolina, often hosted by Grammy winner Bobby Hicks. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more


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. Read more


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. Read more

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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. Read more

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