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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…
The haunting final moments of the man at the helm of the worse naval disaster in U.S. history will be…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 17:27

This must be the place: An Ode to Election 2016

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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…
Taking a seat on the old couch, my foot began to tap immediately. The living room full of friends and…
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 21:42

This must be the place

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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…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:06

This must be the place

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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…
Life is good. That’s the vibe one gets when chatting with Chris Robinson these days. Former lead singer for legendary…
It was weird hearing him speak. As host of “All Things Considered,” the flagship program on National Public Radio (NPR),…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 15:22

WCU to celebrate Homecoming 2016

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The Western Carolina University community will come together under the theme “Purple Reigns” to celebrate Homecoming 2016 with major public…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 15:15

This must be the place

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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…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 16:26

This must be the place

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What the hell, I figured. Sometime around midnight, and somewhere around my third beer, I decided to send her a…
It is the rhythm of life. When you hear the guitar mastery of Tim Reynolds, you’re listening to the joyous…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:32

Mountain Faith wins big in Raleigh

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What a year. That is about all you can say about the past 12 months for Jackson County bluegrass act…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:29

This must be the place

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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…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:18

This must be the place

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Why do you write? I write because I was told at a very young age, at some point in elementary…
Surrounded by piles of debris, old wood and gravel, Joe Rowland sees opportunity. “This is the inevitable next step for…
Thursday, 22 September 2016 17:07

This must be the place

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I teared up immediately.
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 20:54

Finding the root of your rhythm

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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)…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:25

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day

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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…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:23

This must be the place

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It pushed me back a couple of feet.
Can you find redemption within your own consequences? In The Risen, the latest work from famed Southern Appalachian writer Ron…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 15:37

This must be the place

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I awoke with a bit of a chill in the air.
Where to from here? It’s the lingering question within bluegrass and string circles nowadays. Amid the traditional pickers and grinners,…
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 20:41

This must be the place

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The instant the guitar chords echoed from the Mexican restaurant speakers, a slight grin emerged on my face. Immediately, the…
Who was Bayard Wootten? “She was a wonderful, strong North Carolina woman,” said Pam Meister. “She was a skilled photographer.…
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 21:11

This must be the place

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It’s a feeling rather than an attitude.
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 19:46

This must be the place

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It took me a couple seconds to realize where I was.
Turning onto 2nd Street from the hectic U.S. 19/74 highway, you find yourself cruising through downtown Andrews. It’s Saturday afternoon,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:21

You can go your own way

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From the ashes comes the rebirth.  In all my travels as a journalist, and as a music lover, one of…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:19

This must be the place

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What are you afraid of?
The presence of breathtaking topography, ancient native lore, and centuries of American history makes the Great Smoky Mountains a mystical,…
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 20:56

This must be the place

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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…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:17

This must be the place

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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…
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 20:19

This must be the place

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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,…
Taking a right off East Main Street, just before crossing the bridge into downtown Franklin, you pull onto Lakeside Drive…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 14:43

This must be the place

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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…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 14:40

Between the fingers lies the soul

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They all do something with their hands. Meandering around Western North Carolina and greater Southern Appalachia, one thing becomes apparent…
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 15:07

This must be the place

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I turned around with 25,000 faces looking towards me.
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 15:04

Discovering the world within yourself

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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…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 02:12

This must be the place

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I could see it in their faces. It was something I felt before, and also had seen in pictures taken…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 02:09

The world through your fingertips

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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…
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 19:41

This must be the place

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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…
Nadia Dean has dedicated the last 10 years of her life to telling a story. It’s a historical account of…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:45

This must be the place

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It’s all about what you’re willing to sacrifice.
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 20:47

This must be the place

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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…
Within the realm of melodic creativity, one word emerges — collaboration. It’s the act of bringing resources together, whether it…
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 15:21

This must be the place

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So, do you?
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 15:19

Drawing the lines to your passion

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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…
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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