Wait, what?! Ah, crap. By the time you read this, I’ll have turned 30. It’s a number that seemed as…
It is the single greatest influence on my life. The people, music and culture that encompasses the Grateful Dead is…
As the crowd found their seats and got settled, all eyes were on Marty Sohovich. “I really believe 2014 was one of our…
Greg Geiger looked at it as a way to save money. “I started brewing when I was a sophomore in…
The temperature was 20 degrees below zero with a howling wind. As I listened to the online stream of my…
John MacLean will never forget his first photo shoot. “I was 19 years old and it was at a meat…
They say all great art comes from conflict. It’s conflict of the soul, the heart and the mind, everything that…
364 days down, one to go. Hurtling down Interstate 95 from Boston to New York City, I’m sitting on a…
It’s the soundtrack of America. Forty-five years ago, The Allman Brothers Band burst onto the scene. With an intoxicating blend of…
The stewardess handed me a cold Heineken.  The skyline of Boston in the distance, the beauty of a city I…
Another one is in the books.  With each passing year, I find myself digging ever deeper into what it truly…
In a beloved mountain town already filled with great restaurants, cafes, breweries and independent businesses, Sylva recently became home to…
Looking up at the old chimney, William “Gene” Gibson still wonders how Santa Claus ever managed to fit in it.…
With one flick of a light switch, Grier Lackey is illuminating a dream. “What do you think?” he said with…
I’ve always felt the greatest gift is the gift of music. Though I’ve never been a huge fan of receiving…
Maine is a long way from China. And for Amy Putansu, that distance is a testament to her life, passions and…
It snuck up on me this year. I know that it resides at the end of November. I know it’s…
There’s only one thing Tim Hall isn’t sure of. “Well, I don’t really know my age, but if I had…
Patterson Hood is a sponge. The defacto front man for the Drive-By Truckers, a bastion of nitty-gritty rock-n-roll, Hood soaks…
They call him the “Tao of Bluegrass.” It was exactly eight years this month when I first met Peter Rowan.…
As the temperatures drop in Western North Carolina, the fun only heats up. The holiday season here is filled with…
It’s Saturday morning. And as most folks are either sleeping in a couple extra hours or seizing the day by…
By Anna Fariello • Guest Editorial In writing the text for an exhibition on Cherokee culture a few years ago, I…
Why do you do it? Sitting in a tiny coffee shop in downtown Knoxville last week, I was posed this…
The beauty of literature is its solely unique power of transportation. That beauty lies in the meticulous arrangement of words, phrases…
Dave Mason has seen it all. As co-founder/guitarist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Traffic, Mason, alongside band…
It never ceases to amaze me the incredible people, places and things I cross paths with here in Western North…
They say the easiest way to hide something is to place it right in front of someone. Well, what would…
It’s not only a time capsule, but also a window into the future. With guitars in-hand, The DuPont Brothers are…
As the leaves change and the air becomes crisp, the mountains of Western North Carolina transform into a landscape of…
I’m alone, again. As of last Tuesday, I am newly single. To be honest, I’m not happy about that fact.…
If Norman Rockwell were alive today, he might have painted a record store. It’s as American and iconic as children…
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…
Claire Lynch likes to blur lines. Born and raised in Upstate New York, she eventually moved away, crossing the Mason-Dixon…
It never ceases to amaze Lorraine Conard. “It’s a little bit magical,” she said. “You walk in and there’s this…
Dale Heinlein never thought he’d set down roots in his hometown of Highlands. “Living in Atlanta, in suburbia, with the…
I did it again. It’s 9 a.m. last Saturday at the starting line of the Cashiers Trail Mix five-mile backwoods…
For the better part of the last 45 years, David Holt has ventured down a rabbit hole. Born in Texas,…
How do you do it? I get asked this question quite often. Folks, whether friends, family or strangers, approach me and…
Tracy O’Neil has a lot less weight on his shoulders these days. “We never accepted that we could lose the…
They were stuck. Sitting around the bar at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva, the members of rockabilly band Rumble Seat…
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…
What to do? That was the question I posed to myself when I found out my girlfriend was visiting from…
When he was just five years old, Michael Turco knew what he wanted to do with his life “All I…
This sucks.  One of the finest actors, comedians and pop culture icons of our lifetime, Robin Williams, gone, just like…
He was beloved by all who knew him. Richard Coker embodied the spirit of Appalachia. As a co-owner of the Cataloochee…
Who the hell are those guys? It’s a question constantly asked about Porch 40, a Sylva-based funk/rock outfit barreling out…
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