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.
On September 24, 2019, Jim Lauderdale played a set at the North Carolina Executive Mansion in Raleigh for the Music at the Mansion series, an ongoing program of Come Hear North Carolina hosted by Governor Roy Cooper and First Lady Kristin Cooper. He was accompanied by the Asheville, N.C. based band Fireside Collective and Zebulon Bowles .
Of the many Carolina curiosities forged at Harry Deal’s Galaxie III Studios in Taylorsville, N.C., few recordings seemed to have burrowed deeper into the hills than It’s a Nice Place to Live But I Wouldn’t Want To Play There by The May Street Tops.
Come Hear NC content manager and producer Sandra Davidson co-hosted a curated music hour on Raleigh's That Station 95.7 FM. They talked tunes, 2019 The Year of Music and previewed some exciting things coming in 2020 for Come Hear North Carolina.
The New Yorker released their "Best Music of 2019" list and "The Best Music of The Decade List." We were thrilled to see Durham, North Carolina's Jake Xerxes Fussell's album "Out of Sight" on their best of list for 2019.
The Cat’s Cradle might be North Carolina’s most famous rock club. Its original location opened in 1969, and it has since become the Triangle’s most storied live music venue. To commemorate 50 years of live music, the Cat’s Cradle is celebrating the only way they know how – six nights of shows starting Friday, Dec. 27 featuring many of the acts that helped write the story of the venue. Keep an eye on CatsCradle.com for the full line-up announcement.