Choices and changes: A conversation with Sierra Hull

Though part of the scene most of her life, singer/mandolinist Sierra Hull has been making some big waves in the…
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This must be the place: ‘If everything could ever feel this real forever’

As a Rolling Stone magazine subscriber since I was in ninth grade, it has my biggest dream as a writer…
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The face behind the lens: Longtime journalist to hold photo showcase

For over 25 years, journalist Quintin Ellison has roamed our region documenting the people, places and things that make up…
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This must be the place: ‘I will walk alone, by the black muddy river’

Many folks here in Waynesville knew Louie Bing as “the homeless guy with the dog.” Well, Louie and his Australian…
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This must be the place: ‘We’ll climb that hill, no matter how steep’

There was something so cozy about that navy blue 1992 Toyota Camry. With my mother behind the wheel of her…
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Let the world decide: Travers Brothership release latest album

Just about a decade ago, on a school bus somewhere on the back roads of Black Mountain, four teenage boys…
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This must be the place: ‘Rejoice, rejoice, we have no choice but to carry on’

I couldn’t believe she gave me a ticket. Thanksgiving 2001. I was 16 years old. Having just ate a quick…
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This must be the place: ‘The air was just electric. The air was quivering.’

I was handed a telephone number and told good luck. In the fall of 2007, I was 22 years old.…
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Tapping into the past, present of Appalachia

In the six or so years I’ve lived and worked in Western North Carolina, the amount of craft breweries in…
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We are but a moment’s sunlight, fading in the grass

I was born in the wrong decade.  Or so I often hear from others. Some are musicians or artists, dreamers…
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Don’t judge the book, read the book: ‘Liberal Redneck’ brings wellRED tour to WCU

What Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester are doing is artistically and politically groundbreaking in the world of…
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This must be the place: Sweet Caroline, good times never seemed so good

Let’s go Sox.  Standing and shouting at the large television at a pub around the corner from my apartment in…
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Today is a video game: Vermont singer-songwriter returns to Waynesville

About six years ago, I moved from Upstate New York to Western North Carolina. I was, and remain, some 1,100…
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Remember what we’ve said and done and felt about each other

The laughter ensued deep into the night. 
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It ain’t over yet: Rodney Crowell reflects on life, role of the songwriter

Like a tumbleweed from his native Texas, Rodney Crowell has bounced and rolled along through life to wherever the four…
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This must be the place: The only way to remember is to forget in a rhyme

There was a slight ringing in my ears leaving the show last Sunday evening at Ambrose West on Haywood Road…
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This great life we wish to attend

When one is in pursuit of their dreams, once-feared obstacles become golden opportunities, where you see what it will take…
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Blue collar dreams: Balsam Range wins big at IBMAs

Sitting on a bench in the lobby of the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium last Thursday evening, Marc Pruett waits quietly for…
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This must be the place: You who are on the road, must have a code that you can live by

I had to really think back and question it. Had I ever crossed that line into what could be considered…
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A love so full it could send us all ways: A conversation with Gavin Rossdale

In the mid-1990s, just as the raucous nature of the grunge scene in the United States was hitting its peak,…
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In my life, I’ve loved them all

With the massive rainfall from Tropical Storm Florence on Sunday, my truck carefully navigated its way through deep puddles and…
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This must be the place: In pitch dark, I go walking in your landscape

With a slight jog around an empty basketball court at the Waynesville Rec Center last Monday evening, I dribbled the…
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‘Women Songwriters Showcase'

There will be a “Women Songwriters Showcase” held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in the Macon County Public Library…
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Like a river we grow as we roll

If change is the only constant in life, then Sanctum Sully is the epitome of change.  Celebrating a decade together…
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This must be the place: ‘A little before she left me, I asked her what it’s all about’

Hello, from the “Mile High City.” Sitting here in Denver, onward back to Asheville tomorrow morning. This summer has been…
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Voicing the truths of Southern Appalachia

In the digital age that is the 21st century, and in many aspects of this modern era, the culture and…
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This must be the place: I wanna be an American cowboy, and I ain’t never moving away

Every-so-often, I’d look around the crowd and wonder if I’d have known any of these folks, perhaps called them dear…
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This must be the place: Tomorrow’s gonna be a brighter day

Back to square one. Dammit. You’d think that after existing on this earth for 33 years, and being a legal…
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This must be the place: Pebbles and marbles like things on my mind

Well, 15 years ago this past weekend, I spontaneously bolted from Upstate New York straight to northern Maine to attend…
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Nantahala Brewing to open Asheville outpost

Following the announcement of its upcoming Sylva outpost, aimed at a fall opening, Bryson City-based Nantahala Brewing will launch an…
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A rapid series of comical noises: A conversation with comedy genius David Cross

If there was a single voice of reason amid the bombardment of deafening noise in the digital age — of…
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This must be the place: With a little help from my friends

Bolting up Interstate 95, just outside of Portland, Maine, this past Monday, I finally could smell that smell that conjures…
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Long as I can see the light: A conversation with Doug ‘Cosmo’ Clifford

They just don’t make’em like they used to. That adage is the pure, honest truth when applied to the music…
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This must be the place: Happy 50th birthday, Dirty Santa

And there I was, at a dive bar in the 800-person high desert town of Victor, Idaho, with the backdrop…
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Honoring the past, welcoming the future

High atop a mountain overlooking Haywood County, Annie Haslam Colquitt sits across a dining room table at The Swag. A…
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This must be the place: Finding Nirvana is like locating silence

Emerging from the Appalachian Trail on the North Carolina/ Tennessee state line this past Sunday afternoon, a hot southern sun…
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Constant evolution: Jam-rock act to play Highlands

In an era when rock-n-roll has seemingly taken a backseat to hip-hop and electronic acts — on the radio and…
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This must be the place

I still don’t really know what day it is.
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Music to my ears: A conversation with Ricky Skaggs

At 63, Ricky Skaggs has spent just about 58 of those years completely enamored and immersed in that singular “high,…
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This must be the place: Don’t shoot the messenger, literally

It’s something that’s been in the back of my mind for a while now. When news broke last week of…
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All-American mutt — Jamie Kent

As the music capital of the world, the bright lights of Nashville have always been a tough place to make…
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This must be the place: The heart has its seasons, its evenings and songs of its own

“If you see all the people playing corn hole in the driveway you’re at the right place,” the familiar voice…
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Everywhere I go is a long way from home: A conversation with Trey Hensley

Over the last few years, guitarist Trey Hensley and dobroist Rob Ickes have crisscrossed the country with their unique brand…
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This must be the place: No guarantees how long we’re going to be here, just enjoy life

I, like many of you reading this, was initially shocked and saddened to hear the news of the recent passing…
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Brighter days, where did they go?

When you find yourself in conversation with JJ Grey, you walk away from the interaction with a kick in your…
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This must be the place: We had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life

Hopping out of my truck, the intense sunshine and humidity of rural central Tennessee in early June slapped me right…
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Everybody’s scared, everybody’s inspired: Shovels & Rope to headline Cold Mountain Music Festival

There’s a reason Shovels & Rope has evolved into one of the “must see” live acts in the music scene…
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This must be the place

I was thrown into the deep end. When I was 20 years old, I became a substitute teacher. I was…
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All-American bluegrass girl: A conversation with Rhonda Vincent

Hot off the heels of winning the Grammy for “Best Bluegrass Album” this past winter, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage…
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This must be the place: Chasing the American Dream of Breakfast

It’s the only way to eat breakfast. Two eggs, two slices of toast (cut into four triangular pieces), a side…
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