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.
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.
North Carolina is among the most celebrated musical states in America — a place that gave the world Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Nina Simone, Superchunk, the Piedmont blues, beach music, and more. Beyond the obvious headliners, however, the Old North State has also contributed more than its fair share of mysteries and legends to the wider story of popular music. Here are seven such tales.
In a typical choral performance, singers file onto a stage, climb risers, and arrange themselves by sections; soprano, tenor, bass, and alto singers stand shoulder to shoulder, primed to create collectively a big, beautiful sound known and loved by many. But it’s a tradition that requires two elements that are non-negotiable during the coronavirus pandemic: large gatherings and close proximity to other people. Following a trend directly related to performance cancellations these days, the North Carolina Master Chorale is going virtual.
Durham's John Darnielle and M.C. Taylor provide liner notes for the iconic band's upcoming anthology
Last week, the record-of-the-month club Vinyl Me, Please announced the forthcoming release of an extensive 14-LP boxed set: The Story of the Grateful Dead. Along with the music are liner notes by prolific musicians and Grateful Dead fans, including North Carolina’s own M.C. Taylor, of Hiss Golden Messenger, and John Darnielle, of the Mountain Goats.