Throwback Thursday: The Avett Brothers on Armchair Expert

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Last week Scott and Seth Avett spoke on family, career evolution, and North Carolina on Dax Sheppard’s podcast Armchair Expert.  Take a listen here:


Scott Avett’s exhibit “I N V I S I B L E” opens Saturday, October 12th at the North Carolina Music of Art in Raleigh, N.C. Tickets and information available here.

Throwback Thursday: A.G. Bauer's Academy of Music in Raleigh

Thursday, September 19, 2019

This is the Academy of Music building, designed by famed Raleigh architect A. G. Bauer and constructed in 1892. Bauer is also credited with many other notable buildings in Raleigh, including the present-day Executive Mansion. 

Before the City Auditorium, located at corner of Fayetteville and Davie Street, was built in 1910, the Academy of Music was the place Raleigh citizens went to see traveling plays, acts, musical performances and later movies - Memorial Auditorium serves this purpose today.

Songs We Love: Phil Cook on The Sensational Nightingale's "My Sisters and Brothers"

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Songs We Love is a weekly podcast series partnership between Come Hear NC and WUNC that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode Phil Cook throws things back to 1974 to discuss The Sensational Nightingales'  classic gospel song “My Sisters and Brothers,” which you can listen to here


Throwback Thursday: The Dixie Dudes

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Throwing things back to the 40s with this archived photo of the Dixie Dudes, a folk and bluegrass band active from the early 40s to the mid 50s. On the far left is Homer “Briarhopper” Drye, who later formed the bluegrass band “The Briarhoppers,” the first house band at Charlotte’s WBT radio station.


Homer "Briarhopper" Drye
Homer "Briarhopper" Drye


Throwback Thursday: Nina Simone's Early Years

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Nina Simone Weekend is just around the corner! Here's a fact about the High Priestess of Soul: Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, Nina Simone learned to play piano by ear at 3-years-old and was valedictorian of her high school class.

Throwback Thursday: Ben Folds Five Releases Their Eponymous Debut

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Twenty-four years ago today, Chapel Hill based power pop trio Ben Folds Five released their debut album, Ben Folds Five. Recorded at WaveCastle Studios in Hillsborough, N.C., the signature brand of piano based alternative rock sparked a critically acclaimed run of three more albums for the group, and helped launch bandleader Ben Folds’ successful solo career.

Throwback Thursday: Nina Simone's Childhood Home Declared a National Treasure

Thursday, June 20, 2019

On June 19, 2018, Nina Simone's childhood home in Tryon, North Carolina was declared a National Treasure.

You can support the effort to restore Nina Simone's childhood home by joining us, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Nina Simone Project - Tryon, NC at Celebrating Nina Simone featuring Lisa Simone in Concert on August 17th in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Throwback Thursday: A sit-down with Jim Avett at MerleFest

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Come Hear NC had the pleasure of sitting down with Jim Avett between one of his sets at MerleFest in April to talk about Doc Watson, his influence and ethos, and why North Carolina is such a special place to be a musician and music lover. Jim’s attended MerleFest for 20 years, as both a performer and a fan.

After the interview, we were treated to an intimate performance of “Old Bones.” Plus, he gave us some tips on how to write a good murder ballad! 

Enjoy both videos below.



Throwback Thursday: Moog Synthesizer's Asheville Roots

Thursday, June 6, 2019

The following essay is courtesy of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resource's blog.

On June 9, 1978, Robert Moog incorporated Big Briar, his musical instrument company in Asheville.  Moog, an engineer, invented the Moog synthesizer that made him famous in 1963.

As a teenager Moog had been interested in the Theremin, an obscure musical instrument that produced, via a hand waving in an electromagnetic field, the strange, ethereal sounds that were used in many of the science fiction films of the 1950s. At the age of 14, he built one and, with his father’s help, turned it into a business, R. A. Moog Company, which was incorporated in the state of New York in 1954.

An amateur musician, Moog was fascinated by electronic instruments and intrigued by the emerging world of electronics. He attached circuits to a keyboard, and in doing so invented a much more affordable and portable synthesizer.

In spite of the successes, the company, which was eventually renamed Moog Music, fell on hard times due to Moog’s lack of business experience.  He sold his trademark and worked as an engineer for the company that bought it until he established Big Briar. Moog reacquired his trademark, changing the name of the company back to Moog Music, Inc. in 2002.

Each year Moogfest celebrates electronic music.

Moog Music continues to hand-build electronic instruments in the heart of downtown Asheville. Tours are available Mon-Fri. Call 828.239.0123 or visit their website for more information.

Throwback Thursday: North Carolina’s Musical Theater Ties to Show Boat

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The James Adams Floating Theatre was the first and only travelling boat to bring live theater annually to ports between Baltimore and Savannah. The original traveling show boat of the Southeast, the James Adams was constructed in North Carolina and it sailed the southeast from 1914-1941. Edna Ferber wrote her 1926 novel “Show Boat” which launched the “show boat phenomena” into American culture after visiting the James Adams Floating Theatre while it was docked in Bath, N.C. She is believed to have travelled on the James Adams from Bath to Belhaven, N.C. in April 1925. Ferber’s novel, inspired in part by the James Adams, led to the 1927 “Show Boat” musical and its song “Old Man River,” and later the 1929 “Show Boat” motion picture and its 1936 and 1951 remakes.

North Carolina's own Ava Gardner sings "Can't Stop Lovin' That Man" in Show Boat (1951)


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