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The 50th annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival will be held on Aug. 30-31 at the Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat…

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Heartbroken and stunned. That’s about all I can say or feel at this moment with the tragic passing of singer-songwriter…

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In bluegrass, there are pioneers and there are pillars — Becky Buller is both. A beloved singer/fiddler, the Minnesota native…

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Please allow me to reintroduce myself. I started this column back around Memorial Day of 2013. So, by the calendar…

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Standing in the lobby of the Smoky Mountain Cinema in Waynesville this past Monday morning, owner Greg Israel is putting…

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The hardest part of being a journalist, and especially one whose core focus is music, is seeing those you were…

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The history of rock-n-roll music is as wide and deep as an ocean, each drop of water a band, song…

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Sliding into the booth at Waffle House, I cracked open Larry McMurtry’s novel All My Friends Are Going to Be…

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Simply put, singer/guitarist Denny Laine is one of those mystical characters you cross paths with almost serendipitously.  He’s an old…

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Sitting high up in the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville last Thursday night, I couldn’t help but wonder what my…

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The world has gone haywire and David Crosby is mad as hell about it. And though the years may change…

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With the wind howling in my face, the Polaris ATV rounded the third curve of the Rockingham Speedway. The odometer…

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Halfway up a steep hill in downtown Waynesville, and just a stone’s throw from the Haywood County Historic Courthouse, sits…

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There has been a lot of deep thoughts and emotions running through my mind this past week. And I don’t…

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Last Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the shooting massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. It’s been on…

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When it comes to the truly innovative and distinct jam acts of the modern era, Perpetual Groove is a name…

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In a leap of faith move last summer, Americana/indie act The Brothers Gillespie left its native Waynesville and took off…

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Pulling off US-11E and into some random person’s backyard last Saturday afternoon, I handed the woman $10 and was directed…

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The voice of Claire Lynch is incredibly soothing — in conversation and in front of a microphone. With a songbird…

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This past Saturday, I went on a first date. It had been a very long time since I’d actually gone…

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So, there I was last Saturday afternoon, sitting on a couch in the depths of country music legend Marty Stuart’s…

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Renowned singer-songwriters Claire Lynch, Jerry Salley and Irene Kelley will perform on Saturday, April 6, in the Queen Auditorium at…

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When you run through the gamut of truly great rock bands, the name Foreigner tends to usually be somewhere near…

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Right around this time of year, journalists from across the state gather at the North Carolina Press Association awards ceremony…

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Arguably the hardest working man in rock-n-roll, guitar legend Warren Haynes has never been one to shy away from testing…

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It was 60 years ago this past weekend (March 2, 1959) when Miles Davis’ seminal “Kind of Blue” album was…

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The hardest balance for a rock band is to straddle the line between honest emotions in your lyrics and also…

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In a recent New York Times article, “What Charles Bukowski’s Glamorous Displays of Alcoholism Left Out,” the piece analyzed and…

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Ah, Valentine’s Day. Upstate New York in the late 1990s. Middle school and Valentine’s Day dances in that a-typical gymnasium.…

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The Sylva-based Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet will present a concert celebrating 25 years of music, travel and fun together on…

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Why does it seem we’re all so unhappy these days?  Is it that we’re just more aware of our emotions…

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Tucked up along a hillside overlooking Richland Creek and the Frog Level district of Waynesville is a cozy bungalow.  The…

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Standing in front of the ancient waterfall, I watched the lagoon sparkle like some long-lost stash of emeralds and sapphires.…

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In a day and age where everything that glistens and captures society’s short attention span is seemingly a smoke screen…

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Meandering down the desolate Route 8 in the southern Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York last weekend, my truck came…

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Coming into seven years together, the members of Porch 40 continue to hold steady and elevate each other’s craft, with…

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It’s like getting hit in the face with a frying pan. Stepping out of my parents’ farmhouse in Upstate New…

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Just off Main Street in Waynesville, tucked down the hill below Bogart’s, and across the street from American Legion Post…

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She’s known as “Wild Kathy.” At least, that’s what she was nicknamed while joyously roaming Bourbon Street in New Orleans…

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Adjusting his baseball cap, Graham Sharp leans forward and takes another sip of coffee. It’s late morning at the Tastee…

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This week marks just over 20 years since The Great Ice Storm of 1998. In early January of that year,…

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In a year of turmoil, trepidation and tragedy, thankfully we can retreat into the one thing that can shift any…

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For someone as sentimental as I am, New Year’s Eve always seems to resonate the deepest. The idea of leaving…

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This year has been quite the whirlwind. It felt like 2018 was a rollercoaster I either didn’t buy a ticket…

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Following a second “Entertainer of the Year” award from the International Bluegrass Music Association this past September in Raleigh, the…

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The core of any sincere and determined musical circle is a simple formula: camaraderie + compassion = musicianship.  Anyone who…

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So, amid the whirlwind this past week of being published by Rolling Stone — my biggest dream and top bucket…

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