Black Hip-Hop Artists Showcase New Wave of N.C. Protest Music

Come Hear NC and the N.C. Arts Council team up with North Carolina hip-hop artists for two multimedia discussions of race, music, and social injustice. 

Caleb Caudle playing guitar and singing

Like all of his colleagues, Caleb Caudle is stuck at home now, deprived not only of the touring income he depends on but also of the constant motion he acclimatized to over the past 10 years. This summer, Caleb spoke about tobacco memories, the lonely grind of the road, and the unpretentious essence of North Carolina musicians.

Peach colored background with white text that reads "Singing on the Land"

From Historic Halifax in the east to Horne Creek Farm in the west, many state historic sites will be backdrops for Singing on the Land, a new virtual music project highlighting treasured North Carolina landmarks. 

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A collage of Three Lobed Records titles. Established in 2000, the label has released more than 100 titles and has become one of the country’s premier syndicates for experimental rock and folk music.

Grayson Haver Currin

For 20 years, one of the country’s premier psychedelic labels, Three Lobed Recordings, has hidden away in the suburban Greensboro basement of a business lawyer.


A group of young surfers in Kure Beach, Hanover County,  NC, on July 25, 1965. Photo from The News & Observer.

Come Hear North Carolina

On September 24-27, Come Hear NC is presenting Surfalorus, a three-day film festival showcasing the year’s newest surf films. The pandemic interfered with our plans to present music programming at this year’s festival, but we curated a playlist of surf-inspired music from North Carolina artists with our partners at Surfalorus.

Photo of the Steep Canyon Rangers sitting in an auditorium with their instruments

Sandra Davidson and Samuel Gerweck

After five months on hiatus, the Steep Canyon Rangers reunite for three nights of free drive-in concerts in western North Carolina on Thursday, August 27, through Sunday, August 29.

Heather McEntire. Photo by Heather Evans Smith

Story By Grayson Haver Currin

Rural rivers and country songs have long crisscrossed the life of Durham singer-songwriter H.C. McEntire. They have become inextricably braided, like ivy vines around a live oak trunk or barbed wires  across a weathered fence post. 

Portrait of Connye Florance

Story by Craig Havighurst

Jazz has long been on Nashville airwaves and in Nashville clubs and nightspots. North Carolina native Connye Florance is one of the most admired jazz artists in Music City.