Rivers that I’ve crossed: Unspoken Tradition rolls into Sylva

The key element of bluegrass music is the “unspoken” — in practice, in performance and in personality.  Whether you’re 8…
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This must be the place: Ode to Steve Sutton — banjo legend, dear friend

It came as a shock that has had a ripple effect within music circles around Western North Carolina and beyond.
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This must be the place: That face in the mirror? Own it.

I didn’t know what to say. Standing in the doorway of the music venue, he said it so casually. 
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Turning to face yourself: Comedian Dave Stone comes to Franklin

It’s brutal honesty. Within the wide-spectrum of creative mediums, standup comedy may just be the most vulnerable and jarring of…
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The art of making it: HCC ‘Crafting Your Success’ summit

So, you have the talent, imagination and output of an artist. But, do you also have the drive, business savvy…
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This must be the place: ‘In my heart, I am just a boy …’

It was during the first sip of my second beer when it struck me. “Let’s go see Dave Davies.”
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Blue Ridge Big Band to play Folkmoot Friendship Center

It’s as timeless as the soundtrack of our lives, regardless of age. When you listen to big band music, you…
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This must be the place

It was immediately familiar.  Stepping into the Canton Middle School last Friday morning, the sights, sounds and smells of the…
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This must be the place: No time for eggplant parm, let’s talk the cosmos

I had just reached for the eggplant parmesan sandwich when it was asked. “What do you think about God?”
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Take it all in: The art of Positive Mental Attitude (PMA)

It’s about finding your center.  Though they’re hundreds of miles from the closest ocean, the members of Sylva-based Positive Mental…
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This must be the place: You may be gone, but your impact remains

I remembered immediately. Scrolling through the Facebook stream on Monday afternoon, I came across a post from a dear high…
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Hop, skip and a pour away: Waynesville’s Leap Frog Tours

Stepping out of a large passenger van into the sunshine last Saturday afternoon, a group of around 10 people entered…
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One small step toward ending discrimination

North Carolina and its citizens are better off with HB2’s repeal. It’s a giant step forward, and despite criticism from…
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This must be the place: The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

It was familiar, yet weird.  Over the last two weeks I’ve crossed paths twice with my immediate family. Once down…
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The art of being in ‘the now’: Tony Award nominee, WCU professor Terrence Mann on acting, life

When you’re in the presence of Terrence Mann, you find yourself within reach of an energy — a vibe, perhaps…
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Hand-me-down reasons: The DuPont Brothers return to Waynesville

It’s needed now more than ever before. The place of the singer-songwriter in a modern world is a tricky spot.…
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This must be the place: Just when you found me, I’m gone

You don’t know me. In recent weeks, I’ve found myself saying that exact statement above to folks I love and…
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This must be the place: I was never cool. Then again, who is?

She is still a fox. Midnight. Last Tuesday morning. Wide-awake and in front of a large HD television at my…
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Dawg days of bluegrass: David Grisman picks on WNC

He’s the common denominator. When you look back at the career of iconic bluegrass mandolinist David Grisman, you’re diving deep…
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This must be the place: We won, but what’s the real prize?

Once they announce your name, you stand up and move towards the bright lights. Meandering around a sardine can ballroom…
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Through the fingertips, echoes the history

“You know, history becomes personal,” Reggie Harris said to a silent auditorium last Sunday afternoon. “These are our stories, and…
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This must be the place: I remember you, the one in the dusty photos

It came out of the blue. Sunday morning. My smart phone dinged next to my bed. I groaned, rolled over…
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The weight of desire: David Joy releases second book

What would you do? A pile of drugs. A stack of cash. More money than you’ve ever seen in your…
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This must be the place: It’s midnight, do you know where you life is?

I finally had a moment of silence. After a raucous Saturday night attending the Perpetual Groove show at The Salvage…
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HART’s traveling backdrops wow theaters far and wide

Haywood Arts Regional Theatre is known for is top-rate shows and high-caliber acting not typical of community theaters. But HART…
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This must be the place: I’m a white man, and I know nothing

It wasn’t the film that was shocking. It was the mere fact I had previously thought “I was aware,” and…
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Sharing the craft: Jo Ridge Kelley Fine Art

With the traffic and noise of a busy Main Street in downtown Waynesville zooming by outside her window, Jo Ridge…
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This must be the place: So many miles, so many roads

I hadn’t slept that long in years. After driving up and down the East Coast for the better part of…
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Feet in the sand, not your head

How could something so beautiful be so ugly? Standing at the edge of the ocean on the Gulf Coast of…
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Lonesome and a long way from home: John Cowan on bluegrass, life

They wanted to shake things up. In 1971, a young Sam Bush aimed to create a new kind of bluegrass…
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The love that we need: WNC welcomes Hayes Carll

Sitting in the back of his tour van in a Texas parking lot on a recent cold prairie night, Hayes…
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This must be the place: Ode to Butch Trucks, Texas sunsets

Popping the tailgate down in my truck, I jumped up, my eyes gazing straight ahead.
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Creating a community: Haywood Arts celebrates 40 years

In her short tenure, Executive Director Lindsey Solomon has righted the unknown direction of the ship that is the Haywood…
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This must be the place: You want the house, I want the road

I had just enough water left. Squeezing the last of my water bottle onto my dry toothbrush, I managed to…
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A song for young love: The Lettermen roll into Franklin

It was a 1963 station wagon with six musicians and their equipment. When Tony Butala reminisces about the beginning of…
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This must be the place: Five years ain’t nothing, darling

Has it really been that long? When I looked at the calendar this week, I realized it said 2017, which…
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This must be the place: In the presence of the Founding Fathers

I decided to not wear the hardhat. Standing underneath the magnificent 215-foot high ancient rock arch at the Natural Bridge…
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Winds of Change: The Infamous Stringdusters hit WNC

They are the bridge. In the bluegrass world these days, it seems there are two camps of thought and performance…
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One more for the good times: The Dirty Soul Revival to rock Sylva

It ain’t dead. Rock-n-roll. In an era when sugar-coated pop stars and polished country acts are atop the charts, one…
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This must be the place: Sydney to Seattle to the South

Through the strewn lights I could see the Empire State Building.
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This must be the place

Home. For me, it’s Plattsburgh, New York. Just down the road from the Canadian border, in the heart of the…
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‘All of the freaks have gone to bed…’: A conversation with Ron Gallo

It’s about time. It’s about time someone kicked us all in the ass when it comes to the power and…
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This must be the place: ‘Christmas is coming, but I’m not happy.’

But, I’m not sad either. Even with that Charlie Brown quote in the headline to emphasize my thoughts on the…
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Christmas classic comes to life

A frigid mountain wind howled through Bryson City last Friday evening as a handful of folks hurried into the Smoky…
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This must be the place: Christmas Jam, now more than ever

“You don’t know me but I’m your brother/I was raised here in this living hell/You don’t know my kind in…
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In their words: WCU professor and alumnus nominated for Dublin Literary Award

Novels written by a Western Carolina University professor and by his former student are among the 147 titles in the…
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This must be the place: Indonesia to Carolina and back again

“I’m glad you’re here right now.” Standing in line at the Old Europe coffee shop in downtown Asheville, I said…
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Straight from the Source: A conversation with Marty Stuart

It’s about staying true to yourself. When you converse with country/bluegrass legend Marty Stuart, you’re speaking to the source. From…
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This must be the place: Last call at the Brar Patch

“Blue-collar heaven.” When asked just what the Brar Patch is, Trey Smith was quick with that response. Huddled under a…
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This must be the place: Stones sax player, improv legend rolls into WNC

It’s a whirlwind. With his group Tiny Universe, saxophonist Karl Denson seamlessly creates this vortex onstage, a sonic hub where…
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