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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…
I had just enough water left. Squeezing the last of my water bottle onto my dry toothbrush, I managed to…
It was a 1963 station wagon with six musicians and their equipment. When Tony Butala reminisces about the beginning of…
Has it really been that long? When I looked at the calendar this week, I realized it said 2017, which…
I decided to not wear the hardhat. Standing underneath the magnificent 215-foot high ancient rock arch at the Natural Bridge…
They are the bridge. In the bluegrass world these days, it seems there are two camps of thought and performance…
It ain’t dead. Rock-n-roll. In an era when sugar-coated pop stars and polished country acts are atop the charts, one…
Through the strewn lights I could see the Empire State Building.
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:08

This must be the place

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Home. For me, it’s Plattsburgh, New York. Just down the road from the Canadian border, in the heart of the…
It’s about time. It’s about time someone kicked us all in the ass when it comes to the power and…
But, I’m not sad either. Even with that Charlie Brown quote in the headline to emphasize my thoughts on the…
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 17:03

Christmas classic comes to life

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A frigid mountain wind howled through Bryson City last Friday evening as a handful of folks hurried into the Smoky…
“You don’t know me but I’m your brother/I was raised here in this living hell/You don’t know my kind in…
Novels written by a Western Carolina University professor and by his former student are among the 147 titles in the…
“I’m glad you’re here right now.” Standing in line at the Old Europe coffee shop in downtown Asheville, I said…
It’s about staying true to yourself. When you converse with country/bluegrass legend Marty Stuart, you’re speaking to the source. From…
“Blue-collar heaven.” When asked just what the Brar Patch is, Trey Smith was quick with that response. Huddled under a…
It’s a whirlwind. With his group Tiny Universe, saxophonist Karl Denson seamlessly creates this vortex onstage, a sonic hub where…
The haunting final moments of the man at the helm of the worse naval disaster in U.S. history will be…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 17:27

This must be the place: An Ode to Election 2016

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Hate didn't get us to this point. It also didn’t win the election. A stagnant Congress for the last 16…
Taking a seat on the old couch, my foot began to tap immediately. The living room full of friends and…
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 21:42

This must be the place

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The most important band in America My ears are still ringing. After catching two nights of the Drive-By Truckers this…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:06

This must be the place

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Why don’t you go get your crazy pills? I remember that being said to me by other students when I…
Life is good. That’s the vibe one gets when chatting with Chris Robinson these days. Former lead singer for legendary…
It was weird hearing him speak. As host of “All Things Considered,” the flagship program on National Public Radio (NPR),…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 15:22

WCU to celebrate Homecoming 2016

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The Western Carolina University community will come together under the theme “Purple Reigns” to celebrate Homecoming 2016 with major public…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 15:15

This must be the place

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I’m entering hostile waters here, folks. So, bear with me as I bring up this ideology I recently heard, which…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 16:26

This must be the place

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What the hell, I figured. Sometime around midnight, and somewhere around my third beer, I decided to send her a…
It is the rhythm of life. When you hear the guitar mastery of Tim Reynolds, you’re listening to the joyous…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:32

Mountain Faith wins big in Raleigh

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What a year. That is about all you can say about the past 12 months for Jackson County bluegrass act…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:29

This must be the place

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I underestimated it. Stepping into the grand ballroom at the Raleigh Convention Center last Thursday morning, I really didn’t think…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:18

This must be the place

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Why do you write? I write because I was told at a very young age, at some point in elementary…
Surrounded by piles of debris, old wood and gravel, Joe Rowland sees opportunity. “This is the inevitable next step for…
Thursday, 22 September 2016 17:07

This must be the place

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I teared up immediately.
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 20:54

Finding the root of your rhythm

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The RPMs hovered around 4,000, the truck huffing and puffing up the steep hillside. Approaching Sam’s Gap (elevation 3,760 feet)…
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