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That slow walk from the car. When I was 16 years old, I entered the American workforce. I was the…

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They stick out. In a city like Asheville and in a region like Western North Carolina, world-renowned for bluegrass and…

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It’s about finding a balance between your creative soul and your sanity. “When you feel you’re doing what you’re supposed…

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Taken too soon. It’s the three words one person — let alone one family or one community — never wants…

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With sunshine spilling into the taproom of Currahee Brewing Company in Franklin one recent afternoon, brewmaster Taylor Yates is all…

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My first love. Baseball. The quintessential American pastime. The thing of which childhood dreams are made. The playing grounds of…

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It was right around the third song or so that the goosebumps kept appearing. Up and down my arms, the…

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Just outside of a small Western North Carolina community known as “Papertown USA” sits a dilapidated 84-year old brick schoolhouse…

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For a moment, I thought the dog was going to charge me. Running along the quiet back country of Southwest…

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Why not? Why not include Greensky Bluegrass in the sacred — sometimes stale and stuffy — pantheon that is bluegrass…

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Three pickup trucks. One stretch of highway. Since 2005, I’ve routinely traversed a never-ending stretch of Interstate 81 from north-central…

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Amid the innumerable reasons we love Western North Carolina, the fall foliage of October might be the common denominator that…

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Tom Petty. I can’t remember a time without him and his band’s music in my life. It’s always been there,…

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It’s the internal struggle. Do you participate in life and soak it in like a sponge being dropped into a…

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You could see it in his eyes. Sitting across from James “Jim” Joyce in his office in downtown Waynesville, his…

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Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day, a free family oriented festival that celebrates Southern Appalachian culture through concerts, living-history demonstrations,…

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He suggested two. I bought three. Standing in the small main office of the Woodsmoke Campground in Unicoi, Tennessee, I…

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There is no middle ground. With Jackson County storyteller/playwright Gary Carden, you either love the guy or you tolerate him,…

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Ugh. The moment my girlfriend handed over my soaking wet smart phone, a shiver of isolation ran up my spine.…

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It’s the intersection of American blues and British rock. When you throw some Foghat onto the stereo, you’re entering a…

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It gets to the point without distraction. Folk music — the intersection of the human heart and the greater world…

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I can still feel the cold air, the sense of hopelessness. Watching the clips of the massive rainfall and flooding…

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An iconic mandolin and fiddle player, Sam Bush has rewritten the game of bluegrass, especially when it comes to live…

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The trifecta. By this past Monday morning, I was running on fumes heading back to my humble abode in downtown…

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At 2:35 p.m. on Aug. 21, Western North Carolina residents and visitors will have the chance to watch as the…

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In the annals of bluegrass history, the chapter on multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien is not only long and bountiful, it’s also…

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It does mean something. Sitting in the darkness of the Grail Moviehouse last Thursday, this overwhelming feeling of deep sadness…

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It’s 12:15 p.m. Sunday. On a normal weekend, Tipping Point Brewing in downtown Waynesville would have been open for 45…

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Happy birthday, Captain Trips. On this day (Aug. 1) some 75 years ago, Jerome Garcia was born in San Francisco.…

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By Kurt J. Volker • Contributing Writer In a sense, Warren and Phil Drake and Warren’s wife Ronda have created their…

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This one? This one hurt. When I heard Thursday afternoon about the tragic suicide of Chester Bennington, lead singer for…

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I was about an hour late. Rolling up to the Swain County Business Education & Training Center in Bryson City…

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Those who forget history, tend to... Well, you know the rest. Nowadays, it seems each morning we awaken into another…

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The “WCU PRESENTS” performance series, previously known as “Galaxy of Stars” brings professional artists from around the world to the…

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I remembered those places, and those faces. Scrolling through Facebook — through the “fun in the sun” Fourth of July…

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Sitting at a booth in the back of her store on recent morning, Allison Lee remembers the days long ago…

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It’s the hardest part of this gig. As a journalist for just about a decade, I’ve been lucky enough to…

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I look forward to it these days. Calling my dad at the end of the day. With my parents still…

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I’m exhausted. I think y’all out there reading this can attest to the pure exhaustion — of body, mind and…

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