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Wild Ponies get back to their roots with ‘Galax’

Wild Ponies Album Release Show is Friday, Oct. 13, at the Rives Theatre. Tickets are $15/$18 (Season Passes Accepted).

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What happens when you throw a group of Nashville and Galax, Virginia, musicians who have never played together in a barn behind a farmhouse nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains? Musical magic.

That’s exactly what happened a year ago this month when the Wild Ponies – otherwise known as Doug and Telisha Williams – decided to get back to their musical and geographic roots.

“I had spent a lot time playing on my grandfather’s farm and it’s just a beautiful place to spend some time,” Doug said in a recent phone interview. “We wanted to play with people who played with my grandfather and then get some people from Nashville to play as well. It just felt like something we needed to do.”

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Phuzz Sounds, SECCA team up to host Pine State Holiday music festival on Saturday, Oct. 14

The good folks who put on the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, local music festival Phuzz Phest have teamed up with SECCA to host Pine State Holiday: a day of music and relaxation on the picturesque grounds of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA).  Continue reading


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YEP Roc Records celebrates 20th anniversary with free show featuring Mandolin Orange, Jim Lauderdale, The Stray Birds on Saturday, Oct. 21, in Hillsborough

It’s not too late to join Yep Roc Records as it celebrates its 20th anniversary as a label with a three-day festival, Yep Roc 20.  Continue reading


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Second annual Jam In The Trees raises $2,500 for forest protection; announces third annual festival for Aug. 24-25, 2018

From the good folks at The Press House and Jam in the Trees:
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The second annual Jam In The Trees, held Friday, Aug. 25-26, 2017, donated $2,500 to the non-profit Wild Forests and Fauna. The two-day Americana music festival took place at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, North Carolina, and featured 14 bands on both an outdoor and indoor stage. This is the second year that Jam In The Trees has donated a portion of proceeds to Wild Forests and Fauna (WildFF), who work with local communities in different forests around the world, striving to protect nature for future generations. The festival was also nominated this year for IBMA’s prestigious Momentum AwardJam In The Trees will return to Pisgah Brewing Company for its third year, on Aug. 24 and 25, 2018.

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Second annual Balsam Range Art of Music Festival set for Dec. 1-2 at Lake Junaluska

Fans of Balsam Range, listen up:

The 2017 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Album of the Year winners for “Mountain Voodoo” on Mountain Home Records have announced the second annual Balsam Range Art of Music Festival will be held on Dec. 1-2, 2017, on the grounds of the beautiful Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in Haywood County, North Carolina.   Continue reading


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Shiloh Hill announces new music, new ‘Autumn Roots’ tour on heels of ‘Wildflower’ album release

Shiloh Hill is a self-described eclectic folk-rock band that layers traditional folk instruments over a rock band rhythm section. My husband and I had the pleasure of discovering their unique sound recently at Craft City Sip-In in Greensboro, North Carolina, where the band is based. Continue reading


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Donna the Buffalo’s Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance returns to Chatham County, North Carolina, on Oct. 5-8, 2017

The annual fall Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance, set for Thursday, Oct. 5 to Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, features more than 50 bands and performers on four stages surrounded by 72 acres of verdant farmland in bucolic Chatham County, North Carolina – just down the road from Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham, Burlington and Greensboro. Continue reading