Portrait of Connye Florance

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. 

Pictured above: Pink Floyd, whose namesake has an interesting North Carolina tie

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.

NC Master Chorale members performing "You Do Not Walk Alone" via video conference call

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.

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Record Store 2020

Carrie Colliton

 The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today record stores on every continent except Antarctica participate in Record Store Day.

audience with party hats in a darken room listening to a performer on stage

Come Hear North Carolina

As the Year of Music comes to a close across North Carolina, the Come Hear NC campaign will continue into 2020 to further shine a light on the state’s thriving music ecosystem, and to celebrate North Carolinians love of our music heritage.

sepia toned mug shut of Otto the Bandit

North Carolina Arts Council

On the eve of New Year’ Eve, we wanted to share a story from the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina guidebook about a famous outlaw memorialized in song.

A Look Back: The Come Hear NC Team Reflects on Key Moments from the North Carolina Year of Music

Come Hear North Carolina

The North Carolina Year of Music flew by. Between the hundreds of stories produced about North Carolina music and countless on-site participation at music events across the state, the Come Hear NC team is overcome with memories and stories about the year. As a part of our ongoing year-in-review series, we asked core members of the Come Hear NC team to share their favorite moments from the campaign.

Best of Songs We Love Podcast

Come Hear North Carolina

In celebration of the Year of Music, WUNC Music launched a new series that explored North Carolina music one song at a time called Come Hear NC on the Songs We Love. All year they asked people from the music community to talk about a song that said something about our home state.