For the better part of the last four years, Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters have zigzagged to and fro every…
Hola. I’ve been saying that an awful lot while currently down here in Cancun, Mexico. Ten days of feet-in-the-sand with…
It’s like pulling teeth. As your arts and entertainment editor for Western North Carolina, I find it difficult sometimes to…
The territory, and what comes with it. Being a traveling musician has always been a haphazard and often difficult position…
If there’s one singular force truly keeping the flame of Bill Monroe alive and kicking well into the 21st century,…
The time had come. Last Friday, right around noon, I received a message on Facebook. It was a fella looking…
Catch him if you can. For the last few years, Steve Yocom has made quite a name for himself as…
They said it happens. When I was younger, and very much so in conversation nowadays, it was always said that…
When you are in the presence of the woodwork by Ben Grant, you find yourself captivated by the contours of…
He is a welcomed voice of reason in a planet seemingly gone mad. For the last four decades, Henry Rollins…
Nobody ever seems to know. New Year’s Eve is the same day every go around, and yet, why is it…
The sound echoes a tone of inclusion and timelessness. When you listen to Langhorne Slim, you’re hearing something oddly familiar,…
Once the roads became sketchy, I became familiar with the territory.
Ten years ago this week I left my native Upstate New York for my first journalism gig out of college…
The Great Smoky Mountains Association’s newest musical release, “Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition,” earned a Grammy nomination recently…
The crunching kept catching my attention. After finding a scarce parking space, it was a short, careful stroll from the…
Catch her if you can. In the last two or so years, the name “Margo Price” has overtaken brightly lit…
“I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing. As opposed to those that are just…
It was right around the second beer when I began to settle in. The warm sunshine and lingering foliage of…
That slow walk from the car. When I was 16 years old, I entered the American workforce. I was the…
They stick out. In a city like Asheville and in a region like Western North Carolina, world-renowned for bluegrass and…
It’s the carrot. For the better part of the last 12 years, Rolling Stone magazine has been a carrot dangling…
It’s about finding a balance between your creative soul and your sanity. “When you feel you’re doing what you’re supposed…
Taken too soon. It’s the three words one person — let alone one family or one community — never wants…
With sunshine spilling into the taproom of Currahee Brewing Company in Franklin one recent afternoon, brewmaster Taylor Yates is all…
My first love. Baseball. The quintessential American pastime. The thing of which childhood dreams are made. The playing grounds of…
It was right around the third song or so that the goosebumps kept appearing. Up and down my arms, the…
Just outside of a small Western North Carolina community known as “Papertown USA” sits a dilapidated 84-year old brick schoolhouse…
For a moment, I thought the dog was going to charge me. Running along the quiet back country of Southwest…
Why not? Why not include Greensky Bluegrass in the sacred — sometimes stale and stuffy — pantheon that is bluegrass…
Three pickup trucks. One stretch of highway. Since 2005, I’ve routinely traversed a never-ending stretch of Interstate 81 from north-central…
Amid the innumerable reasons we love Western North Carolina, the fall foliage of October might be the common denominator that…
Tom Petty. I can’t remember a time without him and his band’s music in my life. It’s always been there,…
It’s the internal struggle. Do you participate in life and soak it in like a sponge being dropped into a…
You could see it in his eyes. Sitting across from James “Jim” Joyce in his office in downtown Waynesville, his…
Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day, a free family oriented festival that celebrates Southern Appalachian culture through concerts, living-history demonstrations,…
He suggested two. I bought three. Standing in the small main office of the Woodsmoke Campground in Unicoi, Tennessee, I…
There is no middle ground. With Jackson County storyteller/playwright Gary Carden, you either love the guy or you tolerate him,…
Ugh. The moment my girlfriend handed over my soaking wet smart phone, a shiver of isolation ran up my spine.…
I ain’t perfect. And the older I get, the more I realize just how true that statement is. Along with…
It’s the intersection of American blues and British rock. When you throw some Foghat onto the stereo, you’re entering a…
It gets to the point without distraction. Folk music — the intersection of the human heart and the greater world…
I can still feel the cold air, the sense of hopelessness. Watching the clips of the massive rainfall and flooding…
An iconic mandolin and fiddle player, Sam Bush has rewritten the game of bluegrass, especially when it comes to live…
The trifecta. By this past Monday morning, I was running on fumes heading back to my humble abode in downtown…
At 2:35 p.m. on Aug. 21, Western North Carolina residents and visitors will have the chance to watch as the…
In the annals of bluegrass history, the chapter on multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien is not only long and bountiful, it’s also…
It does mean something. Sitting in the darkness of the Grail Moviehouse last Thursday, this overwhelming feeling of deep sadness…
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