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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Jim Lauderdale seated with a guitar at the Governor's mansion

Come Hear North Carolina

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 .

1974, across the street from Galaxie III Studios in Taylorsville, NC: L to R, Jack Fulk, Don Story, Steve McCord, Tom DeVoursney, Steve Owens

Jonathan Kirby

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.

95.7FM That Station

Come Hear North Carolina

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.

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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.

Cat's Cradle 50 Logo

Come Hear North Carolina

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.