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Within the realm of melodic creativity, one word emerges — collaboration. It’s the act of bringing resources together, whether it…

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For Teresa Pennington, it’s a race against time.  “You have one hour to complete this drawing, where I’m usually taking…

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The beauty of bluegrass lies in its transparency.  Whether you’re having a good or bad day, those emotions will filter…

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It is the word of Southern Appalachia. For over a half a century, writer Fred Chappell has captured the essence…

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With the quiet evening sun fading behind the Great Smoky Mountains last Thursday evening, a single building glowed bright at…

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America has never been great. Let’s just get that out of the way. Sure, we’ve had plenty of high points,…

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For 45 years, The Allman Brothers Band took rock-n-roll and stretched it into the unlimited possibilities of blues and jazz.…

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I stepped out of the airport and into the afternoon sunshine.

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Turning the steering wheel onto Johnson Street, one quickly leaves the unrelenting bustle of two-way traffic along N.C. 110. Immediately,…

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In an effort to bring together the artistic hearts and minds from around Western North Carolina, the “LEAD:Arts” summit was…

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“They headed down south and they’re still running today…” As The Steve Miller Band blasted through the hit song “Take…

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It was a year-and-a-half ago that Western Carolina University’s director of athletic bands, David Starnes, was asked by United Sound…

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$25.06. The total at the gas pump. Full tank. Waynesville to Tybee Island, Georgia. Around 350 miles. As an impending snowstorm…

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It’s all about the song. That’s what the goal is for Joe Lasher Jr. At 19, the country singer has spent…

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Boo yah. That was my exact response (loudly) when I was informed last week I’d won a few awards from the…

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It’s lunchtime in downtown Waynesville. Hungry bellies wander up the sidewalk in search of nourishment. It is the calm before…

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He got to me before I could get to him. Turning into the large parking lot of the Canton Ingles…

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Editor’s Note: On Feb. 9, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the Democratic primary in New Hampshire. Garret posted a photo…

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Pulling off the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway onto the Cabin Flats Road, within an earshot of Waynesville, a cold wind…

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It all started in a boat. “Dan [Elliot], Jon [Bowman] and I were fishing on Wolf Lake,” Doug Weaver said. “And…

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It ain’t so bad. Getting older. Tomorrow is my 31st birthday, and as I reflect on my first year of…

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That song — you know that song — came over the stereo and I felt my shoulders relax.

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Heading west on Highway 76, the last of the warm sunshine falls behind the silent Blue Ridge Mountains. With the…

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There are singers, there are performers, and then there’s Laura Reed.  Wandering the numerous floors and stages of New Mountain…

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Byron Ballard is one misunderstood witch. “There is this whole cultural mythology that witches aren’t human. They’re seen as these…

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Thirty-eight is Noah McIntee’s favorite number these days. “For a lot of folks, we’re not the sleeper hit anymore,” he said.…

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Throwing my father’s old Dodge Dakota into park, I stepped out of the truck and felt the crunch of snow…

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It is quite the conundrum, ain’t it? In an era where mainstream radio hits are shellacked in “sugar and spice…

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I cracked the foamy Sam Adams Boston Lager and relaxed into my seat. Christmas Eve. Red-eye flight. Charlotte to Burlington, Vermont.…

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With each impending New Year, we tend to take a look back and reflect on just what made the last…

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Standing in the lobby of North Canton Elementary School last Friday morning, one could hear and witness the frenzied nature…

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She grabbed for my hand and held it up. “No ring, huh? You should meet my daughter sometime. Single. Beautiful.…

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So, you’re from Canada? Not quite, but close. Growing up on the Canadian border, most folks there don’t really take notice…

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It is the litmus test of a community. The arts. If you want to know how well a society functions,…

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America, I’m tired. I’m tired of the violence, the bloodshed, the yelling, the anger, the hate, the misinformation, the way we…

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Twenty-seven years is a long time for anything. “It amazing to me that it’s still going on,” Warren Haynes said.…

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It’s awfully quiet in here. As the rest of the newspaper heads out the door for home (or somewhere they used…

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