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Arts + Entertainment

In the 21st century, the living bridge of the “high, lonesome sound” that is bluegrass music is Del McCoury.

At 81, McCoury remains the melodic connection between the “Father of Bluegrass,” the late Bill Monroe, and the ever-evolving contemporary acts that are currently blurring the lines between the neo-traditional and progressive camps. And yet, McCoury is steadfast in his pursuit of the traditional bluegrass tone. 

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Take a chance and be a winner in the Feline Urgent Rescue (FUR) of Western North Carolina’s fall fundraisers. 

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The Smoky Mountain Event Center in Waynesville will host a drive-in concert series with Mt. Joy (Americana/indie) Oct. 3, Yonder Mountain String Band (bluegrass/jam) Oct. 7, Papadosio (jam/rock) Oct. 9, Whitey Morgan (outlaw country/rock) Oct. 10, Goose (jam/rock) Oct. 17 and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (jam/rock) Oct. 24. 

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In a seismic move that will further propel the Asheville and greater Western North Carolina music scene into the national spotlight, Citizen Vinyl will officially open its doors to the public on Oct. 8. 

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“Art After Dark” will continue from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, in downtown Waynesville.

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Following the recent announcement by The Grey Eagle of its drive-in concert series in Maggie Valley, the Asheville Music Hall made its series public last week, which will take place at the Smoky Mountain Event Center in Waynesville.

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    Lost and found in the woods It has been said that the best place to start a story is at the beginning. With the first page of John Lane’s new novel Whose Woods These Are (Mercer University Press, 2020, 224 pg.) we literally begin at the beginning. “The first woods grew…
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