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To say Doyle Lawson has had a full career would be an understatement. Nowadays, Lawson is regarded as a pillar…

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Editor’s Note: After heading to his native Upstate New York last week to give the eulogy at his aunt’s funeral,…

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With Memorial Day right around the corner, the fun in the sun of summer in the mountains is here, ready…

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The roaring of the plane engine shook me awake. Coasting into the skies over Newark, New Jersey, the flight was…

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The key element of bluegrass music is the “unspoken” — in practice, in performance and in personality.  Whether you’re 8…

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It came as a shock that has had a ripple effect within music circles around Western North Carolina and beyond.

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I didn’t know what to say. Standing in the doorway of the music venue, he said it so casually. 

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It’s brutal honesty. Within the wide-spectrum of creative mediums, standup comedy may just be the most vulnerable and jarring of…

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So, you have the talent, imagination and output of an artist. But, do you also have the drive, business savvy…

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It was during the first sip of my second beer when it struck me. “Let’s go see Dave Davies.”

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It’s as timeless as the soundtrack of our lives, regardless of age. When you listen to big band music, you…

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It was immediately familiar.  Stepping into the Canton Middle School last Friday morning, the sights, sounds and smells of the…

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I had just reached for the eggplant parmesan sandwich when it was asked. “What do you think about God?”

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It’s about finding your center.  Though they’re hundreds of miles from the closest ocean, the members of Sylva-based Positive Mental…

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I remembered immediately. Scrolling through the Facebook stream on Monday afternoon, I came across a post from a dear high…

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Stepping out of a large passenger van into the sunshine last Saturday afternoon, a group of around 10 people entered…

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North Carolina and its citizens are better off with HB2’s repeal. It’s a giant step forward, and despite criticism from…

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It was familiar, yet weird.  Over the last two weeks I’ve crossed paths twice with my immediate family. Once down…

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When you’re in the presence of Terrence Mann, you find yourself within reach of an energy — a vibe, perhaps…

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It’s needed now more than ever before. The place of the singer-songwriter in a modern world is a tricky spot.…

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You don’t know me. In recent weeks, I’ve found myself saying that exact statement above to folks I love and…

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She is still a fox. Midnight. Last Tuesday morning. Wide-awake and in front of a large HD television at my…

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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…

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Once they announce your name, you stand up and move towards the bright lights. Meandering around a sardine can ballroom…

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“You know, history becomes personal,” Reggie Harris said to a silent auditorium last Sunday afternoon. “These are our stories, and…

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It came out of the blue. Sunday morning. My smart phone dinged next to my bed. I groaned, rolled over…

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What would you do? A pile of drugs. A stack of cash. More money than you’ve ever seen in your…

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I finally had a moment of silence. After a raucous Saturday night attending the Perpetual Groove show at The Salvage…

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Haywood Arts Regional Theatre is known for is top-rate shows and high-caliber acting not typical of community theaters. But HART…

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It wasn’t the film that was shocking. It was the mere fact I had previously thought “I was aware,” and…

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With the traffic and noise of a busy Main Street in downtown Waynesville zooming by outside her window, Jo Ridge…

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I hadn’t slept that long in years. After driving up and down the East Coast for the better part of…

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How could something so beautiful be so ugly? Standing at the edge of the ocean on the Gulf Coast of…

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They wanted to shake things up. In 1971, a young Sam Bush aimed to create a new kind of bluegrass…

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Sitting in the back of his tour van in a Texas parking lot on a recent cold prairie night, Hayes…

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In her short tenure, Executive Director Lindsey Solomon has righted the unknown direction of the ship that is the Haywood…

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I had just enough water left. Squeezing the last of my water bottle onto my dry toothbrush, I managed to…

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It was a 1963 station wagon with six musicians and their equipment. When Tony Butala reminisces about the beginning of…

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Has it really been that long? When I looked at the calendar this week, I realized it said 2017, which…

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I decided to not wear the hardhat. Standing underneath the magnificent 215-foot high ancient rock arch at the Natural Bridge…

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They are the bridge. In the bluegrass world these days, it seems there are two camps of thought and performance…

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It ain’t dead. Rock-n-roll. In an era when sugar-coated pop stars and polished country acts are atop the charts, one…

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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…

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It’s about time. It’s about time someone kicked us all in the ass when it comes to the power and…

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But, I’m not sad either. Even with that Charlie Brown quote in the headline to emphasize my thoughts on the…

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A frigid mountain wind howled through Bryson City last Friday evening as a handful of folks hurried into the Smoky…

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“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…

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