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Maine is a long way from China. And for Amy Putansu, that distance is a testament to her life, passions and…

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It snuck up on me this year. I know that it resides at the end of November. I know it’s…

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There’s only one thing Tim Hall isn’t sure of. “Well, I don’t really know my age, but if I had…

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Patterson Hood is a sponge. The defacto front man for the Drive-By Truckers, a bastion of nitty-gritty rock-n-roll, Hood soaks…

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They call him the “Tao of Bluegrass.” It was exactly eight years this month when I first met Peter Rowan.…

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As the temperatures drop in Western North Carolina, the fun only heats up. The holiday season here is filled with…

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It’s Saturday morning. And as most folks are either sleeping in a couple extra hours or seizing the day by…

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By Anna Fariello • Guest Editorial In writing the text for an exhibition on Cherokee culture a few years ago, I…

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Why do you do it? Sitting in a tiny coffee shop in downtown Knoxville last week, I was posed this…

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The beauty of literature is its solely unique power of transportation. That beauty lies in the meticulous arrangement of words, phrases…

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Dave Mason has seen it all. As co-founder/guitarist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Traffic, Mason, alongside band…

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It never ceases to amaze me the incredible people, places and things I cross paths with here in Western North…

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They say the easiest way to hide something is to place it right in front of someone. Well, what would…

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It’s not only a time capsule, but also a window into the future. With guitars in-hand, The DuPont Brothers are…

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As the leaves change and the air becomes crisp, the mountains of Western North Carolina transform into a landscape of…

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I’m alone, again. As of last Tuesday, I am newly single. To be honest, I’m not happy about that fact.…

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If Norman Rockwell were alive today, he might have painted a record store. It’s as American and iconic as children…

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His voice will stop you in your tracks. Russ Wilson is a bridge to an era, a time when style…

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Caleb Smith had no idea. “I didn’t hear them announce it,” he chuckled. “I was backstage talking to Del McCoury…

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Claire Lynch likes to blur lines. Born and raised in Upstate New York, she eventually moved away, crossing the Mason-Dixon…

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It never ceases to amaze Lorraine Conard. “It’s a little bit magical,” she said. “You walk in and there’s this…

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Dale Heinlein never thought he’d set down roots in his hometown of Highlands. “Living in Atlanta, in suburbia, with the…

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I did it again. It’s 9 a.m. last Saturday at the starting line of the Cashiers Trail Mix five-mile backwoods…

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For the better part of the last 45 years, David Holt has ventured down a rabbit hole. Born in Texas,…

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How do you do it? I get asked this question quite often. Folks, whether friends, family or strangers, approach me and…

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Tracy O’Neil has a lot less weight on his shoulders these days. “We never accepted that we could lose the…

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They were stuck. Sitting around the bar at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva, the members of rockabilly band Rumble Seat…

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Joe Frank McKee knows what Dillsboro is capable of. “It’s a fighting town,” he said. “There are more craftsmen involved…

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French Kirkpatrick can sum up Carroll Best. “What he did with the banjo was above and beyond,” Kirkpatrick said. “He was…

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What to do? That was the question I posed to myself when I found out my girlfriend was visiting from…

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When he was just five years old, Michael Turco knew what he wanted to do with his life “All I…

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This sucks.  One of the finest actors, comedians and pop culture icons of our lifetime, Robin Williams, gone, just like…

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He was beloved by all who knew him. Richard Coker embodied the spirit of Appalachia. As a co-owner of the Cataloochee…

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Who the hell are those guys? It’s a question constantly asked about Porch 40, a Sylva-based funk/rock outfit barreling out…

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For all the naysayers, rock-n-roll is alive and kicking — especially in the hands of Rich Robinson. Guitarist and founding…

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Heading west out of Bryson City, just before the highway narrows into a twisting two-lane road, a small, ramshackle hut…

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When the camera bulb flashed, it hit me — had it really been that long? Standing in the Belhurst Castle,…

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In the last two weeks, Joe Rowland has soaked in the California sunshine, rafted the Grand Canyon, wandered the Rocky…

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There’s no place like home. Amid my first few weeks living in Western North Carolina, there were times I got homesick.…

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The 2nd annual United Community Bank Mountain Challenge featuring American tennis legends Andy Roddick and Jim Courier will be held…

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I am the human sponge. As far back as I can remember, into the early days of my youth, I…

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Hundreds of Elvis Presley fans converged on Cherokee last weekend to pay homage to the King. They arrived from a…

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All is not well at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin. “It’s pretty bad,” said Sue Weathers. “We’re losing money, and…

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It’s the soundtrack of my life. Growing up in the Champlain Valley (Upstate New York/Vermont), the music of my native…

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Nothing says summer more than the Fourth of July, and in Western North Carolina, we celebrate Independence Day with gusto.…

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Screw it all. There have been days, many days, where I’ve found myself sitting in traffic, standing in line, waiting…

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Marc Pruett has won a Grammy and played the Grand Ole Opry stage, but his biggest concern on this day…

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It’s a sound that immediately turns your head. Sitting at a table within the 5 Walnut Wine Bar in downtown…

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When the clock struck midnight this past New Year’s Eve, a new North Carolina state tax took effect. “This isn’t…

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