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Those who forget history, tend to... Well, you know the rest. Nowadays, it seems each morning we awaken into another…
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:03

‘Galaxy of Stars’ now ‘WCU PRESENTS’

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The “WCU PRESENTS” performance series, previously known as “Galaxy of Stars” brings professional artists from around the world to the…
I remembered those places, and those faces. Scrolling through Facebook — through the “fun in the sun” Fourth of July…
Sitting at a booth in the back of her store on recent morning, Allison Lee remembers the days long ago…
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 14:26

A Lake J Fourth family tradition

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It’s not noteworthy to hear someone ‘round these parts say, “This will be the fourth generation of my family participating…
It’s the hardest part of this gig. As a journalist for just about a decade, I’ve been lucky enough to…
It was weird. Driving around downtown Canton this past weekend, it was weird to have a hard time finding a…
I look forward to it these days. Calling my dad at the end of the day. With my parents still…
If you want to understand the history of bluegrass music, you need to look at its entire spectrum — of…
It took over 30 years, but Harold Sims can now show the world. “It’s been very rewarding,” he said. “I…
I’m exhausted. I think y’all out there reading this can attest to the pure exhaustion — of body, mind and…
To say Doyle Lawson has had a full career would be an understatement. Nowadays, Lawson is regarded as a pillar…
Editor’s Note: After heading to his native Upstate New York last week to give the eulogy at his aunt’s funeral,…
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 15:14

Play me that mountain music

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With Memorial Day right around the corner, the fun in the sun of summer in the mountains is here, ready…
The roaring of the plane engine shook me awake. Coasting into the skies over Newark, New Jersey, the flight was…
The key element of bluegrass music is the “unspoken” — in practice, in performance and in personality.  Whether you’re 8…
It came as a shock that has had a ripple effect within music circles around Western North Carolina and beyond.
I didn’t know what to say. Standing in the doorway of the music venue, he said it so casually. 
It’s brutal honesty. Within the wide-spectrum of creative mediums, standup comedy may just be the most vulnerable and jarring of…
So, you have the talent, imagination and output of an artist. But, do you also have the drive, business savvy…
It was during the first sip of my second beer when it struck me. “Let’s go see Dave Davies.”
It’s as timeless as the soundtrack of our lives, regardless of age. When you listen to big band music, you…
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 20:50

This must be the place

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It was immediately familiar.  Stepping into the Canton Middle School last Friday morning, the sights, sounds and smells of the…
I had just reached for the eggplant parmesan sandwich when it was asked. “What do you think about God?”
It’s about finding your center.  Though they’re hundreds of miles from the closest ocean, the members of Sylva-based Positive Mental…
I remembered immediately. Scrolling through the Facebook stream on Monday afternoon, I came across a post from a dear high…
Stepping out of a large passenger van into the sunshine last Saturday afternoon, a group of around 10 people entered…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 16:10

One small step toward ending discrimination

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North Carolina and its citizens are better off with HB2’s repeal. It’s a giant step forward, and despite criticism from…
It was familiar, yet weird.  Over the last two weeks I’ve crossed paths twice with my immediate family. Once down…
When you’re in the presence of Terrence Mann, you find yourself within reach of an energy — a vibe, perhaps…
It’s needed now more than ever before. The place of the singer-songwriter in a modern world is a tricky spot.…
You don’t know me. In recent weeks, I’ve found myself saying that exact statement above to folks I love and…
She is still a fox. Midnight. Last Tuesday morning. Wide-awake and in front of a large HD television at my…
He’s the common denominator. When you look back at the career of iconic bluegrass mandolinist David Grisman, you’re diving deep…
Once they announce your name, you stand up and move towards the bright lights. Meandering around a sardine can ballroom…
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 19:11

Through the fingertips, echoes the history

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“You know, history becomes personal,” Reggie Harris said to a silent auditorium last Sunday afternoon. “These are our stories, and…
It came out of the blue. Sunday morning. My smart phone dinged next to my bed. I groaned, rolled over…
What would you do? A pile of drugs. A stack of cash. More money than you’ve ever seen in your…
I finally had a moment of silence. After a raucous Saturday night attending the Perpetual Groove show at The Salvage…
Haywood Arts Regional Theatre is known for is top-rate shows and high-caliber acting not typical of community theaters. But HART…
It wasn’t the film that was shocking. It was the mere fact I had previously thought “I was aware,” and…
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 16:40

Sharing the craft: Jo Ridge Kelley Fine Art

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With the traffic and noise of a busy Main Street in downtown Waynesville zooming by outside her window, Jo Ridge…
I hadn’t slept that long in years. After driving up and down the East Coast for the better part of…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 15:57

Feet in the sand, not your head

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How could something so beautiful be so ugly? Standing at the edge of the ocean on the Gulf Coast of…
They wanted to shake things up. In 1971, a young Sam Bush aimed to create a new kind of bluegrass…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 14:57

The love that we need: WNC welcomes Hayes Carll

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Sitting in the back of his tour van in a Texas parking lot on a recent cold prairie night, Hayes…
Popping the tailgate down in my truck, I jumped up, my eyes gazing straight ahead.
In her short tenure, Executive Director Lindsey Solomon has righted the unknown direction of the ship that is the Haywood…
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