Cosmopolitan country: Sylva restaurant combines fine Italian, Appalachian culinary delights

For several years, the small building at the corner of Main and Mill streets in downtown Sylva has sat dormant.…
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This must be the place: Rolling on from town to town, been so many places, still don’t know where I’m bound

With my feet dangling out of the back window of the truck, a cool morning breeze rolled through the Tacoma…
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This must be the place: The heart has its seasons, its evenings and songs of its own

Stepping into the lobby of the Days Inn just north of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, last Wednesday evening, I was immediately hit…
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The way love goes: A conversation with Brian McKnight

For the last 25 years, few R&B/soul performers have risen to height of success and level of mainstream talent as…
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This must be the place: By now you took what was to take, tear it apart and start again

Emerging from the beer line along the top of the hill with a Fiddlehead IPA, I heard the slight sound…
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We could leave them behind in the sparkle and fade: A conversation with Art Alexakis

If the old adage, “obstacles are opportunities,” rings true, then Art Alexakis might just be the definition of an opportunist. 
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New heritage center launches in Maggie Valley

In an effort to preserve and perpetuate the heritage arts and lore of the Great Smoky Mountains and greater Southern…
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This must be the place: Ode to Cousin Nate, ode to sharing the love of music

Nathan Manuel Arruda, age 42, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 28, at his place of residence in Rouses Point,…
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Setting the tone: Beloved Canton restaurant celebrates five years

Five years ago, when the Southern Porch opened its doors in Canton, it wasn’t hard to get a parking spot…
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The attitude of gratitude: Michael Reilly of Pure Prairie League

In the annals of country-rock history, a handful of acts were able to ride the line of mainstream radio success,…
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This must be the place: I awoke and faintly bouncing round the room, the echo of whomever spoke

The air was cool and the sleeping bag warm when I heard the early morning loon from across Buck Pond. 
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This must be the place: White lace and feathers, they made up his bed, a gold covered mattress, on which he was laid

It was about 15 minutes into meeting Sailor Steve and Texas Jeff when I knew I’d met some of the…
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Scripting the flip: A conversation with Jon Stickley

A blend of jazz-fusion, bluegrass and avant-garde folk music, the Jon Stickley Trio is at the core of the current…
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This must be the place: Somethin’ keeps him driftin’, miles and miles away, searchin’ for the songs to play

I was already 10 minutes late to my niece’s seventh birthday party some 20 minutes away last Sunday afternoon. 
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Diamond Rio to play Canton Labor Day

The CMA, Grammy winning, and six-time Vocal Group of the Year Diamond Rio will be headlining the 114th Canton Labor…
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This must be the place: Ode to 22 years, ode 
to being together again

It was exactly a week ago when it was decided as a newsroom to cleanup up our offices for The…
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Truer picture of me: Graham Sharp of Steep Canyon Rangers

It’s late morning at Citizen Vinyl in downtown Asheville. Formerly the Citizen-Times Building, the historic structure is now home to…
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Mountain Heritage Day returns
 

Mountain Heritage Day returns

Mountain Heritage Day, the festival of cultural traditions presented by Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, is again being planned as…
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In the journey: A conversation with Martin Sexton

Leaving his hometown of Syracuse, New York, in 1988, singer-songwriter Martin Sexton hit the road — in search of not…
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This must be the place: I feel summer creepin’ in and I’m tired of this town again

He walked into the bar, grabbed a seat next to me, and proceeded to order four shots of Jameson Irish…
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This must be the place: Racin’ with the wind, and the feelin’ that I’m under

My eyes shot open when the air-conditioning unit kicked on. It took me a couple of moments to realize where…
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Snowbird mural brings community together

Snowbird Cherokee artists and community members in Robbinsville recently gathered to launch the outdoor installation of a long-awaited 400-square-foot mural…
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Meet me where the music calls: Chuck Garvey of moe.

For over three decades, moe. has remained a pillar of the ongoing and ever-evolving jam-band scene — this melodic entity…
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This must be the place: Ode to Albino Skunk, ode to the spirit of ‘Fes-Taa-Vul’

It was just about 8:30 a.m. when I awoke in my pickup truck last Saturday. 
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And I could not ask for more: A conversation with Edwin McCain

When the entire music industry shutdown last year, acclaimed singer-songwriter Edwin McCain wasn’t necessarily concerned with not being able to…
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Spring at the Rickman Store

The arrival of spring marks a new season of weekly festive gatherings at the Rickman Store in Macon County. 
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Sweet heaven in my view: A conversation with Charley Crockett

Standing in a hotel room last week, Charley Crockett peered out the window onto the quiet morning streets of Amarillo,…
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This must be the place: Ode to ‘Lucinda,’ ode to busted front bumpers

Sitting in the waiting room of my hometown mechanic last week, I knew it wasn’t good when he called for…
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On my way: A conversation with Grace Potter

At 37, Grace Potter has already positioned herself as one of the finest stage performers and singer-songwriters of the early…
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This must be the place: The best things in life are truly free, singing birds and laughing bees

Woke up this morning with the thought of the impending summer, impending “state of being” for all of us slowly…
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Shelton House reopens

The Shelton House will launch its 2021 season on Saturday, May 1, promising to bring more “History, Heritage and Crafts”…
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Blue Ridge Music Trails podcast

Listen for new episodes of “Down the Road” on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, a series highlighting…
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This must be the place: Don’t look too far, right where you are, that’s where I am

Coming to a stop at the end of the off-ramp of Exit 40 along Interstate 87 last Saturday evening, I…
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Rivers, rains and runaway trains: Tim Surrett of Balsam Range

In its 14 years together, Haywood County’s own Balsam Range has risen into the upper echelon as one of the…
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A hard life makes a good song: Travis Book of The Infamous Stringdusters

Before the shutdown of the entire music industry in March 2020 due to the pandemic, The Infamous Stringdusters were widely-regarded…
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Rowdy heart, broken wing: A conversation with Drew Holcomb

If there ever was a 21st century musical ambassador for the state of Tennessee, it would be Drew Holcomb.  Born…
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WNC Tomorrow Black Oral History Project

Western Carolina University’s Special and Digital Collections at Hunter Library has digitized a collection of interviews conducted between 1986-1989 with…
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This must be the place: Driving down a corduroy road, Ferris wheel is rusting off in the distance

Yesterday, at the corner of Brown Avenue and Hazelview Drive in Waynesville, this weird feeling washed over me. The thought…
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‘Connecting Legacies’: New art exhibit shines light on Black Mountain College

From 1933-1957, Black Mountain College was formed and thrived within the context of its seemingly unconventional methods and ways, only…
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This must be the place: Ode to Mr. P, ode to never sacrificing the gift

It is with an extremely heavy heart that I share the news of the passing last Friday morning of Brian…
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Haywood Arts director retires

Leigh Forrester, who served as executive director of the Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) for four years has announced her…
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Interested in metal art?

A new grant from the Center for Craft is supporting an effort to share traditional metal working techniques with the…
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This must be the place: I never ever saw the stars so bright, in the farmhouse, things will be alright

It was a flood of memories I hadn’t thought of in years. There I was on a date with this…
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Just like the days: Papadosio celebrates milestone with Haywood drive-in show

In its 15 years together, Papadosio has remained on a steady, upward trajectory as one of the premier jam-bands currently…
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This must be the place: Look in the mirror, who do you see? Someone familiar, surely not me

The sound of thunder and a heavy rain awoke me from a deep slumber. Opening my eyes, I relaxed into…
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How can it be wrong if it grows wild: An afternoon with Songs From The Road Band

On March 14, 2020, Songs From The Road Band jumped onstage in the backroom of the Wicked Weed Funkatorium in…
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This must be the place: We sit together forever, by the color TV glow, telling stories, allegories

Stepping out of my old apartment in downtown Waynesville on Monday afternoon, I placed my old laundry basket on the…
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Tale of two signs: Local restaurants, breweries hold steady a year into shutdown

Wander along Everett Street in downtown Bryson City these days and you’ll be hard-pressed to find two things: a parking…
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It’s like I’m falling out of bed from a long and vivid dream

It was probably one of the most uneasy beers I’d ever drank. Sitting on the back porch of Frog Level…
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Patience, passion and pork: Big Nick’s Barbecue carries on family tradition

Coming off Exit 85 on the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway, a funny thing happens to drivers when they’re about halfway…
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