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.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Carey Rowland forged an early fascination with the music of Peter, Paul and Mary, and Joan Baez. He began taking guitar lessons at age 12 and formed his first band, the Blazers (later, Unsoul Property) in high school. After graduating from Louisiana State University, Rowland drifted around a bit before migrating north to Asheville, where he would fall into formation with informal architects of the city’s burgeoning folk scene.
Jim Lauderdale, the prolific, two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning American music icon, shares the video for “Cackalacky,” from his new bluegrass album, When Carolina Comes Homes Again, out March 27 on Yep Roc Records.
Country-rock outfit American Aquarium's 6th Annual Roadtrip to Raleigh homecoming shows are already sold out. Presented every year by The Lincoln Theatre, the annual series has become a staple of Raleigh's music culture.