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Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

Good for what ales you

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A rising tide lifts all ships. It’s not only a motto for life, but also for the ever-evolving cultural ambiance…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

This must be the place

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Wait, what?! Ah, crap. By the time you read this, I’ll have turned 30. It’s a number that seemed as…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:51

This must be the place

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It is the single greatest influence on my life. The people, music and culture that encompasses the Grateful Dead is…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:44

State of the Arts — Haywood

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As the crowd found their seats and got settled, all eyes were on Marty Sohovich. “I really believe 2014 was one of our…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

Fruits of their labor: Homebrewing in WNC

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Greg Geiger looked at it as a way to save money. “I started brewing when I was a sophomore in…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

This must be the place

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The temperature was 20 degrees below zero with a howling wind. As I listened to the online stream of my…
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 00:00

When it all clicks — the art of the angle

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John MacLean will never forget his first photo shoot. “I was 19 years old and it was at a meat…
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 00:00

This must be the place

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They say all great art comes from conflict. It’s conflict of the soul, the heart and the mind, everything that…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 16:25

This must be the place

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364 days down, one to go. Hurtling down Interstate 95 from Boston to New York City, I’m sitting on a…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 16:21

One Way Out — Gregg Allman

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It’s the soundtrack of America. Forty-five years ago, The Allman Brothers Band burst onto the scene. With an intoxicating blend of…
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 15:32

This must be the place

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The stewardess handed me a cold Heineken.  The skyline of Boston in the distance, the beauty of a city I…
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 15:27

2014: Arts & Entertainment in Review

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Another one is in the books.  With each passing year, I find myself digging ever deeper into what it truly…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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In a beloved mountain town already filled with great restaurants, cafes, breweries and independent businesses, Sylva recently became home to…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

The best things come in the smallest packages

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Looking up at the old chimney, William “Gene” Gibson still wonders how Santa Claus ever managed to fit in it.…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00

Maggie Valley venue enters second act

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With one flick of a light switch, Grier Lackey is illuminating a dream. “What do you think?” he said with…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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I’ve always felt the greatest gift is the gift of music. Though I’ve never been a huge fan of receiving…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:00

The world through her fingertips

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Maine is a long way from China. And for Amy Putansu, that distance is a testament to her life, passions and…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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It snuck up on me this year. I know that it resides at the end of November. I know it’s…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 15:45

Tell it from the mountain

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There’s only one thing Tim Hall isn’t sure of. “Well, I don’t really know my age, but if I had…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 15:42

This must be the place

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Patterson Hood is a sponge. The defacto front man for the Drive-By Truckers, a bastion of nitty-gritty rock-n-roll, Hood soaks…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:07

This must be the place

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They call him the “Tao of Bluegrass.” It was exactly eight years this month when I first met Peter Rowan.…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:03

Christmas in Appalachia

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As the temperatures drop in Western North Carolina, the fun only heats up. The holiday season here is filled with…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:32

This must be the place

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It’s Saturday morning. And as most folks are either sleeping in a couple extra hours or seizing the day by…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

Working to preserve ‘Cherokee Traditions’

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By Anna Fariello • Guest Editorial In writing the text for an exhibition on Cherokee culture a few years ago, I…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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Why do you do it? Sitting in a tiny coffee shop in downtown Knoxville last week, I was posed this…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

In search of the perfect word

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The beauty of literature is its solely unique power of transportation. That beauty lies in the meticulous arrangement of words, phrases…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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Dave Mason has seen it all. As co-founder/guitarist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Traffic, Mason, alongside band…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:40

This must be the place

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It never ceases to amaze me the incredible people, places and things I cross paths with here in Western North…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:38

Reach for the Skyway

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They say the easiest way to hide something is to place it right in front of someone. Well, what would…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:33

This must be the place

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It’s not only a time capsule, but also a window into the future. With guitars in-hand, The DuPont Brothers are…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:29

Carolina chills

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As the leaves change and the air becomes crisp, the mountains of Western North Carolina transform into a landscape of…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:26

This must be the place

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I’m alone, again. As of last Tuesday, I am newly single. To be honest, I’m not happy about that fact.…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:24

Just let the music play

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If Norman Rockwell were alive today, he might have painted a record store. It’s as American and iconic as children…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 14:36

This must be the place

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His voice will stop you in your tracks. Russ Wilson is a bridge to an era, a time when style…
Caleb Smith had no idea. “I didn’t hear them announce it,” he chuckled. “I was backstage talking to Del McCoury…
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:49

This must be the place

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Claire Lynch likes to blur lines. Born and raised in Upstate New York, she eventually moved away, crossing the Mason-Dixon…
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:44

The heartbeat of a community

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It never ceases to amaze Lorraine Conard. “It’s a little bit magical,” she said. “You walk in and there’s this…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:00

Tapping into Macon County

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Dale Heinlein never thought he’d set down roots in his hometown of Highlands. “Living in Atlanta, in suburbia, with the…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 14:59

This must be the place

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I did it again. It’s 9 a.m. last Saturday at the starting line of the Cashiers Trail Mix five-mile backwoods…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 14:57

Crossing the musical bridge of Appalachia

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For the better part of the last 45 years, David Holt has ventured down a rabbit hole. Born in Texas,…
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:10

This must be the place

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How do you do it? I get asked this question quite often. Folks, whether friends, family or strangers, approach me and…
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:05

Never giving up Hope

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Tracy O’Neil has a lot less weight on his shoulders these days. “We never accepted that we could lose the…
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:47

This must be the place

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They were stuck. Sitting around the bar at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva, the members of rockabilly band Rumble Seat…
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:42

Crafting the future — Dillsboro at 125

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Joe Frank McKee knows what Dillsboro is capable of. “It’s a fighting town,” he said. “There are more craftsmen involved…
French Kirkpatrick can sum up Carroll Best. “What he did with the banjo was above and beyond,” Kirkpatrick said. “He was…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:36

This must be the place

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What to do? That was the question I posed to myself when I found out my girlfriend was visiting from…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00

The trick to achieving your dreams

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When he was just five years old, Michael Turco knew what he wanted to do with his life “All I…
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:27

This must be the place

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This sucks.  One of the finest actors, comedians and pop culture icons of our lifetime, Robin Williams, gone, just like…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:12

This must be the place

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He was beloved by all who knew him. Richard Coker embodied the spirit of Appalachia. As a co-owner of the Cataloochee…