‘In the Soundless Awe’: Play co-written by Western Carolina University professor

The haunting final moments of the man at the helm of the worse naval disaster in U.S. history will be…
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This must be the place: An Ode to Election 2016

Hate didn't get us to this point. It also didn’t win the election. A stagnant Congress for the last 16…
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Midwest Heart, Southern Blues: Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters roll into WNC

Taking a seat on the old couch, my foot began to tap immediately. The living room full of friends and…
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This must be the place

The most important band in America My ears are still ringing. After catching two nights of the Drive-By Truckers this…
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This must be the place

Why don’t you go get your crazy pills? I remember that being said to me by other students when I…
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If you lived here, you’d be home by now: A conversation with Chris Robinson

Life is good. That’s the vibe one gets when chatting with Chris Robinson these days. Former lead singer for legendary…
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This must be the place: NPR’s Ari Shapiro visits WNC

It was weird hearing him speak. As host of “All Things Considered,” the flagship program on National Public Radio (NPR),…
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WCU to celebrate Homecoming 2016

The Western Carolina University community will come together under the theme “Purple Reigns” to celebrate Homecoming 2016 with major public…
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This must be the place

I’m entering hostile waters here, folks. So, bear with me as I bring up this ideology I recently heard, which…
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This must be the place

What the hell, I figured. Sometime around midnight, and somewhere around my third beer, I decided to send her a…
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After the dust settles: A conversation with Tim Reynolds

It is the rhythm of life. When you hear the guitar mastery of Tim Reynolds, you’re listening to the joyous…
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Mountain Faith wins big in Raleigh

What a year. That is about all you can say about the past 12 months for Jackson County bluegrass act…
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This must be the place

I underestimated it. Stepping into the grand ballroom at the Raleigh Convention Center last Thursday morning, I really didn’t think…
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This must be the place

Why do you write? I write because I was told at a very young age, at some point in elementary…
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Tapping into your tummy: Nantahala Brewing launches restaurant, open-air taproom

Surrounded by piles of debris, old wood and gravel, Joe Rowland sees opportunity. “This is the inevitable next step for…
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This must be the place

I teared up immediately.
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Finding the root of your rhythm

The RPMs hovered around 4,000, the truck huffing and puffing up the steep hillside. Approaching Sam’s Gap (elevation 3,760 feet)…
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WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day

Celebrating Southern Appalachian culture through concerts, living-history demonstrations, competitions and awards programs, Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day will be…
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This must be the place

It pushed me back a couple of feet.
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The Face in the Mirror: Ron Rash releases latest novel

Can you find redemption within your own consequences? In The Risen, the latest work from famed Southern Appalachian writer Ron…
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This must be the place

I awoke with a bit of a chill in the air.
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High On A Hilltop: Yonder Mountain String Band to headline Canton Labor Day

Where to from here? It’s the lingering question within bluegrass and string circles nowadays. Amid the traditional pickers and grinners,…
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This must be the place

The instant the guitar chords echoed from the Mexican restaurant speakers, a slight grin emerged on my face. Immediately, the…
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Ahead of her time: Photographer shifted the art of the image, fought for women’s rights

Who was Bayard Wootten? “She was a wonderful, strong North Carolina woman,” said Pam Meister. “She was a skilled photographer.…
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This must be the place

It’s a feeling rather than an attitude.
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This must be the place

It took me a couple seconds to realize where I was.
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Pouring passion: Andrews welcomes second brewery

Turning onto 2nd Street from the hectic U.S. 19/74 highway, you find yourself cruising through downtown Andrews. It’s Saturday afternoon,…
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You can go your own way

From the ashes comes the rebirth.  In all my travels as a journalist, and as a music lover, one of…
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This must be the place

What are you afraid of?
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Locally shot, genre-bending sci-fi thriller draws inspiration from the region

The presence of breathtaking topography, ancient native lore, and centuries of American history makes the Great Smoky Mountains a mystical,…
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This must be the place

As I enter my fifth year living and thriving here in Western North Carolina, I’m also sliding into a space…
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This must be the place

I noticed it two rows behind me. Sitting at the cold, hard tables of my eighth-grade science class in the…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

You can’t ignore it. That little voice in the back of your head, always interrupting your daily train of thought,…
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Hitting the ground running: Franklin welcomes second brewery
 

Hitting the ground running: Franklin welcomes second brewery

Taking a right off East Main Street, just before crossing the bridge into downtown Franklin, you pull onto Lakeside Drive…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

It’s when you know you’re home. Those places and faces, those sights and lights that truly signal the arrival back…
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Between the fingers lies the soul
 

Between the fingers lies the soul

They all do something with their hands. Meandering around Western North Carolina and greater Southern Appalachia, one thing becomes apparent…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

I turned around with 25,000 faces looking towards me.
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Discovering the world within yourself
 

Discovering the world within yourself

It’s about what you see in mirror, and what you’re willing to acknowledge within the reflection staring right back at…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

I could see it in their faces. It was something I felt before, and also had seen in pictures taken…
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The world through your fingertips
 

The world through your fingertips

It’s about speaking with your hands. For guitarist Joe Taylor, his lifelong passion and career as a musician is one…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

It’s a rabbit hole. When one dives into a band, performer or genre, you find yourself swimming in the depths…
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Cherokee docudrama reveals untold history: Author takes on directing, producing and composing
 

Cherokee docudrama reveals untold history: Author takes on directing, producing and composing

Nadia Dean has dedicated the last 10 years of her life to telling a story. It’s a historical account of…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

It’s all about what you’re willing to sacrifice.
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

Yeah, it’s true. I had originally planned to be a teacher. When I was thinking about what I wanted to…
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Brotherhood through bluegrass: Balsam Range singer and Nashville songwriter release solo work
 

Brotherhood through bluegrass: Balsam Range singer and Nashville songwriter release solo work

Within the realm of melodic creativity, one word emerges — collaboration. It’s the act of bringing resources together, whether it…
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Drawing the lines to your passion
 

Drawing the lines to your passion

For Teresa Pennington, it’s a race against time.  “You have one hour to complete this drawing, where I’m usually taking…
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From the North Country to the back country
 

From the North Country to the back country

The beauty of bluegrass lies in its transparency.  Whether you’re having a good or bad day, those emotions will filter…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

You never forget where you came from.
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

It is the eternal quest.
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