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Country rockers Pure Prairie League to hit High Point Theatre Stage on Thursday, Oct. 30

Country rockers Pure Prairie League took their name from an obscure 19th century Temperance Union mentioned in the 1939 film Dodge City. But this distinctly American band, with its 40-year career and long line of top hits, escaped obscurity long ago. Although fan favorites right out of the gate it took a number of years before Pure Prairie League, formed by vocalist/guitar player Craig Fuller, had its first hit. But it couldn’t have picked a better way to start, and “Aimee” not only put PPL on the map, but went on to become perhaps the most well-known and beloved country rock songs of all time, according to the High Point Theatre website.

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Sam Bush to perform at The Harvester on Thursday, Oct. 30

If you’re a bluegrass or Americana music fan, you know that the “The Bush League” doesn’t have anything to do with baseball. Instead that is the moniker intrepid fans of Sam Bush proudly wear.   Continue reading


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Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and Asheville’s Caleb Johnson among free entertainment at Lexington Barbecue Festival

The 31st annual Lexington Barbecue Festival is set for Saturday, Oct. 25. Organizers of the festival are expecting some 150,000 people to attend this weekend’s festivities that include music, food, craft vendors and children activities. Among the free performers will be Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and 2014 American Idol winner Caleb Johnson, who is a native of Asheville. Find the entertainment schedule here.

Following is an interview with Bush that I wrote for The Fayetteville Observer in April 2007.

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Steep Canyon Rangers to perform at Blue Ridge Music Center on Saturday, Oct. 11

Want to catch glimpses of autumn color and hear some amazing music at the same time? Mark your calendar to head to the Blue Ridge Music Center near Galax, Va., off the Blue Ridge Parkway to hear the Grammy Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11. Continue reading