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The roots of American music run deep in North Carolina

North Carolinians have made groundbreaking contributions to many of America's most important musical genres: John Coltrane, Nina Simone, and Thelonious Monk in jazz; Charlie Poole, Earl Scruggs, and Doc Watson in bluegrass; Elizabeth Cotten, Blind Boy Fuller, and Etta Baker in Piedmont blues; Reverend Faircloth Barnes and Shirley Caesar in gospel; Maceo and Melvin Parker, Nat Jones and George Clinton in funk; and Link Wray, Roberta Flack, James Taylor, and Don Gibson in rock, R&B, pop and country. Today new generations of North Carolina musicians are building on this rich legacy by making their own mark in hip hop, indie music and more.

Welcome to Come Hear North Carolina: a celebration of our state's music.

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African American Music Trails
Blue Ridge Music Trails
NC Symphony