The foundation for the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina project is a guidebook of the same name that was released by UNC Press last April. Written by folklorist Fred Fussell, the book highlights 60 venues throughout 29 counties in Western North Carolina, giving historical background and musician profiles.
A new website for the project, a program of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership and the North Carolina Arts Council, will be launched the same week as the workshop. Participants will learn how to submit music festivals and events for promotion on the site and will receive a toolkit to facilitate the marketing of traditional mountain music; not only in their local area, but also throughout the region.
Cost for the workshop is $10, which includes afternoon refreshments. Fussell’s book is available online at www.blueridgeheritage.com