Celebrate 2019: The Year of Music

North Carolinians made groundbreaking contributions to many of America’s most important musical genres – blues, bluegrass, old-time, jazz, gospel, funk, rock and more including Thelonious Monk, Nina Simone, John Coltrane and Max Roach in jazz; banjo and guitar innovators Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson; Piedmont blues greats Elizabeth Cotten, Blind Boy Fuller, and Etta Baker; gospel titans Reverend Faircloth Barnes and Shirley Caesar; funk architects Maceo and Melvin Parker, Nat Jones, and George Clinton; and rock, pop, and country artists Link Wray, Roberta Flack, James Taylor, and Don Gibson, among others, have made outstanding contributions to our state and nation’s musical legacy.

Join us throughout 2019 to celebrate and embrace our music heritage and the way it shapes and expresses the cultural identity of diverse people and communities across North Carolina!


Madison County, North Caroilna is home to one of our state's most celebrated music traditions: ballad singing. Listen to an authentic ballad singer perform "Jack-A-Roe" in the latest episode of our podcast Arts Across NC.

Gospel singer, historian, and educator Mary D. Williams

When Mary Dobbin Williams sings, people listen. The gospel singer, historian, and educator has a voice and a presence that demand attention.

Fidelity Playlist

We kick-off our first artist-curated playlist with a special Valentine's Day edition created by Phonte Coleman, a Raleigh-based rapper, producer, and singer who is a founding member of the acclaimed group Little Brother and The Foreign Exchange.

Lauchlin Shaw was a Harnett County-based fiddler whose family was a part of the 18th and 19th century wave of Scottish immigration to North Carolina.

Jaki Shelton Green

In November of 2019, North Carolina's Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green added the music of her poetry to the Oxford American’s North Carolina Song Circle at Fletcher Music Hall in downtown Raleigh.

Algia Mae Hinton

Born in 1929, Algia Mae Hinton was a blues musician and buck dancer from Johnston County, North Carolina. She is remembered for her loving spirit, artistry, and signature move of buck dancing while playing guitar behind her head.



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