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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Photograph of the Cat's Cradle

Come Hear North Carolina

The Cat’s Cradle might be North Carolina’s most storied music venue. Established in 1969, the venue has presented some of the best local and national acts to music-loving college students for generations.

Top 10 Videos of 2019

Come Hear North Carolina

As 2019 draws to a close, we are reflecting on some of the biggest moments of Come Hear North Carolina this year. Over the last 12 months, we published dozens of video's profiling musicians venues and one-of-a-kind concert series in North Carolina. We’ve compiled the 10 most popular videos of the year.

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, we are reflecting on some of the biggest moments of Come Hear North Carolina this year. In celebration of the North Carolina Year of Music, we published a story a day about music in our state on this blog, and we’ve compiled the 10 most popular stories of the year

The Raleigh Concert Band

The Raleigh Concert Band performed holiday classics while Governor Roy Cooper lit a Christmas Tree on Capitol Square in downtown Raleigh, N.C.

Sidney Outlaw performing at Music at the Mansion | Photo by Linda Fox

Come Hear North Carolina

On Thursday, October 10, 2019 baritone Sidney Outlaw from Brevard, N.C. and pianist Warren Jones, who was raised in High Point, N.C. closed out the 2019 Music at the Mansion season with a bang. The golden-hued ballroom of the Executive Mansion served as the perfect backdrop for their musical offerings, and Sidney Outlaw’s powerful baritone had no trouble filling the space.