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.
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.
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.
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.