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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:32

This must be the place

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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…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

Working to preserve ‘Cherokee Traditions’

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By Anna Fariello • Guest Editorial In writing the text for an exhibition on Cherokee culture a few years ago, I…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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Why do you do it? Sitting in a tiny coffee shop in downtown Knoxville last week, I was posed this…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

In search of the perfect word

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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…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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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…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:40

This must be the place

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It never ceases to amaze me the incredible people, places and things I cross paths with here in Western North…
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:38

Reach for the Skyway

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They say the easiest way to hide something is to place it right in front of someone. Well, what would…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:33

This must be the place

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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…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:29

Carolina chills

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As the leaves change and the air becomes crisp, the mountains of Western North Carolina transform into a landscape of…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:26

This must be the place

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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.…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:24

Just let the music play

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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…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 14:36

This must be the place

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His voice will stop you in your tracks. Russ Wilson is a bridge to an era, a time when style…
Caleb Smith had no idea. “I didn’t hear them announce it,” he chuckled. “I was backstage talking to Del McCoury…
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:49

This must be the place

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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…
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:44

The heartbeat of a community

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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…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:00

Tapping into Macon County

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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…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 14:59

This must be the place

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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…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 14:57

Crossing the musical bridge of Appalachia

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For the better part of the last 45 years, David Holt has ventured down a rabbit hole. Born in Texas,…
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:10

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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…
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:05

Never giving up Hope

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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…
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:47

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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…
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:42

Crafting the future — Dillsboro at 125

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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…
French Kirkpatrick can sum up Carroll Best. “What he did with the banjo was above and beyond,” Kirkpatrick said. “He was…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:36

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What to do? That was the question I posed to myself when I found out my girlfriend was visiting from…
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00

The trick to achieving your dreams

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When he was just five years old, Michael Turco knew what he wanted to do with his life “All I…
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:27

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This sucks.  One of the finest actors, comedians and pop culture icons of our lifetime, Robin Williams, gone, just like…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:12

This must be the place

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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…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:09

So funky you can smell it

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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…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:05

This must be the place

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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…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:03

Boiling down the essence of humanity

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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…
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:33

This must be the place

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When the camera bulb flashed, it hit me — had it really been that long? Standing in the Belhurst Castle,…
In the last two weeks, Joe Rowland has soaked in the California sunshine, rafted the Grand Canyon, wandered the Rocky…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:56

This must be the place

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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.…
The 2nd annual United Community Bank Mountain Challenge featuring American tennis legends Andy Roddick and Jim Courier will be held…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 14:37

This must be the place

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I am the human sponge. As far back as I can remember, into the early days of my youth, I…
Hundreds of Elvis Presley fans converged on Cherokee last weekend to pay homage to the King. They arrived from a…
All is not well at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin. “It’s pretty bad,” said Sue Weathers. “We’re losing money, and…
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 16:17

This must be the place

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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…
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

An Appalachian Fourth

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Nothing says summer more than the Fourth of July, and in Western North Carolina, we celebrate Independence Day with gusto.…
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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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…
Marc Pruett has won a Grammy and played the Grand Ole Opry stage, but his biggest concern on this day…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

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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…
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 00:00

New state tax hits entertainment venues

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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…
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 00:00

This must be the place

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Time sure does fly, eh? It hit me this week that my column recently crossed over the one-year anniversary threshold. How…
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 14:02

This must be the place

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Waylon Jennings is alive. Figuratively. Not literally, folks. Strolling down Haywood Road in West Asheville one evening last summer, I…
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:59

Tell it from the mountain

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It all started with a drum solo. “My mother was of the big band generation, and she’d watch all of…
With each throw, Scott Medlin is connecting to his ancestors. “The Scottish Highland Games need to be preserved because most…
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 15:17

This must be the place

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“Let’s go back to the 1930s,” said Judy Coker. Standing underneath a large manmade birch tent in the backwoods of…
At the front of the room, banjos and fiddles plow through an Appalachian repertoire. Fingers dance across strings, conjuring the…