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Novels written by a Western Carolina University professor and by his former student are among the 147 titles in the…

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“I’m glad you’re here right now.” Standing in line at the Old Europe coffee shop in downtown Asheville, I said…

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It’s about staying true to yourself. When you converse with country/bluegrass legend Marty Stuart, you’re speaking to the source. From…

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“Blue-collar heaven.” When asked just what the Brar Patch is, Trey Smith was quick with that response. Huddled under a…

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It’s a whirlwind. With his group Tiny Universe, saxophonist Karl Denson seamlessly creates this vortex onstage, a sonic hub where…

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The haunting final moments of the man at the helm of the worse naval disaster in U.S. history will be…

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Hate didn't get us to this point. It also didn’t win the election. A stagnant Congress for the last 16…

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Taking a seat on the old couch, my foot began to tap immediately. The living room full of friends and…

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The most important band in America My ears are still ringing. After catching two nights of the Drive-By Truckers this…

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Why don’t you go get your crazy pills? I remember that being said to me by other students when I…

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Life is good. That’s the vibe one gets when chatting with Chris Robinson these days. Former lead singer for legendary…

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It was weird hearing him speak. As host of “All Things Considered,” the flagship program on National Public Radio (NPR),…

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The Western Carolina University community will come together under the theme “Purple Reigns” to celebrate Homecoming 2016 with major public…

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I’m entering hostile waters here, folks. So, bear with me as I bring up this ideology I recently heard, which…

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What the hell, I figured. Sometime around midnight, and somewhere around my third beer, I decided to send her a…

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It is the rhythm of life. When you hear the guitar mastery of Tim Reynolds, you’re listening to the joyous…

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What a year. That is about all you can say about the past 12 months for Jackson County bluegrass act…

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I underestimated it. Stepping into the grand ballroom at the Raleigh Convention Center last Thursday morning, I really didn’t think…

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Why do you write? I write because I was told at a very young age, at some point in elementary…

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The RPMs hovered around 4,000, the truck huffing and puffing up the steep hillside. Approaching Sam’s Gap (elevation 3,760 feet)…

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Celebrating Southern Appalachian culture through concerts, living-history demonstrations, competitions and awards programs, Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day will be…

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Can you find redemption within your own consequences? In The Risen, the latest work from famed Southern Appalachian writer Ron…

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Where to from here? It’s the lingering question within bluegrass and string circles nowadays. Amid the traditional pickers and grinners,…

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The instant the guitar chords echoed from the Mexican restaurant speakers, a slight grin emerged on my face. Immediately, the…

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Who was Bayard Wootten? “She was a wonderful, strong North Carolina woman,” said Pam Meister. “She was a skilled photographer.…

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Turning onto 2nd Street from the hectic U.S. 19/74 highway, you find yourself cruising through downtown Andrews. It’s Saturday afternoon,…

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From the ashes comes the rebirth.  In all my travels as a journalist, and as a music lover, one of…

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The presence of breathtaking topography, ancient native lore, and centuries of American history makes the Great Smoky Mountains a mystical,…

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As I enter my fifth year living and thriving here in Western North Carolina, I’m also sliding into a space…

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I noticed it two rows behind me. Sitting at the cold, hard tables of my eighth-grade science class in the…

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You can’t ignore it. That little voice in the back of your head, always interrupting your daily train of thought,…

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Taking a right off East Main Street, just before crossing the bridge into downtown Franklin, you pull onto Lakeside Drive…

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It’s when you know you’re home. Those places and faces, those sights and lights that truly signal the arrival back…

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They all do something with their hands. Meandering around Western North Carolina and greater Southern Appalachia, one thing becomes apparent…

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It’s about what you see in mirror, and what you’re willing to acknowledge within the reflection staring right back at…

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I could see it in their faces. It was something I felt before, and also had seen in pictures taken…

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It’s about speaking with your hands. For guitarist Joe Taylor, his lifelong passion and career as a musician is one…

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It’s a rabbit hole. When one dives into a band, performer or genre, you find yourself swimming in the depths…

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Nadia Dean has dedicated the last 10 years of her life to telling a story. It’s a historical account of…

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Yeah, it’s true. I had originally planned to be a teacher. When I was thinking about what I wanted to…

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