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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 being a teenager, touring and performing side-by-side with Lester Flatt in the 1970s, to finding country radio success in the 1980s and 1990s, to his enduring work with Doc Watson and Johnny Cash, Stuart has risen into the upper echelon of Nashville icons.

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 21:48

Lines in the Sand: Balsam Range looks ahead

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The eternal struggle of bluegrass is being able to balance evolution with tradition.

How does one adhere to the pickin’ and grinnin’ ways of the old days, but also be able to stretch the boundaries into new and innovative realms? That dilemma currently lies at the feet on the bluegrass world. And yet, as that question remains, so does the internal drive by all of the genre’s musicians to ensure the preservation and perpetuation of this melodic force at the foundation of this country.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 21:43

WCU ‘Sounds of the Season’

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The annual “Sounds of the Season” holiday concert will be presented by Western Carolina University’s School of Music on Sunday, Dec. 4.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 21:42

Polar Express returns to Bryson City

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The Polar Express train excursion hits the tracks through Dec. 24 at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad train depot in Bryson City.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 21:40

Point of Grace, craft show at ‘Appalachian Christmas’

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All are invited to an “Appalachian Christmas,” a weekend of concerts and a craft fair Dec. 9-11 at Lake Junaluska.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 21:17

Lasher to rock WNC

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Rising country/rock singer Joe Lasher Jr. will perform his show “Me, My Guitar and the Songs I Wrote” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Colonial Theater in Canton.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 21:13

‘Fear No Art’ Exhibit in Franklin

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The exhibit entitled “Fear No Art” by Isabella Jacovino, an artist and author of many dark-epic fantasy novels, will be on display throughout December at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. An artist reception will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the library.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:41

Christmas in Appalachia: Regional events

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As the temperatures drop in Western North Carolina, the fun only heats up. The holiday season here is filled with events and activities aimed to celebrate the best way we know how — with friends, family and visitors alike.

Families can partake in wagon rides, iceless skating, craft sales and art demonstrations, all the while enjoying authentic mountain music, clogging and parades through several downtowns. These are just some of the innumerable activities to be had. Each and every date, time and place found within this section, each community around the region opening their arms to share in the winter festivities.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:39

Christmas with The Celts

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World-renowned Irish musical act The Celts will perform a Christmas show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:38

‘Snowkus Pocus Cirque Holiday Show’

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The “Snowkus Pocus Cirque Holiday Show” will usher in the season in an acrobatic way at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:37

Lights & Luminaries returns to Dillsboro

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The Festival of Lights & Luminaries will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2-3 and 9-10 in downtown Dillsboro.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:35

Traditional music series features Pedi, Greene

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The 2016-17 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Concert and Jam Series will continue with a concert featuring old-time music virtuosos Don Pedi and Bruce Greene at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Western Carolina University.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 16:52

Christmas in Bryson City

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Santa Claus and other Christmas activities will be held through Dec. 17 at the Swain County Heritage Museum in Bryson City.