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Oak & Ash to perform at annual Mid-Town Square Spring Fest on Saturday, March 24, in Cary, North Carolina

Bond Brothers Beer Company, 202 E Cedar St., in Cary, North Carolina, will host its third Annual Mid-Town Square Spring Fest on Saturday, March 24. The event includes local artists, vendors, a variety of food trucks, and, of course, lots of beer. Continue reading

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Ten fresh faces you won’t want to miss at MerleFest 2018

For years I have discovered some of my favorite artists — Scythian, Mandolin Orange, Front Country, Tift Merritt, Carolina Chocolate Drops and Rhiannon Giddens, just to mention a few — at MerleFest. And this year it appears the good folks at MerleFest has upped the ante on finding some new favorites with its announcement of “10 Fresh Faces to Catch at MerleFest:”

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Six Strings Presents Michelle Malone, Jason Adamo at The Cary Theatre on Friday, March 6

You can catch roots rocker Michelle Malone and country hit singer-songwriter Jason Adamo at The Cary Theatre, 122 E. Chatham St., at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 9. Tickets for the event, sponsored by Six String Presents, range from $15 to $25. Continue reading

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Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival takes collaboration to a new level for RW10 with Marcus King, Billy Strings debut mashup


From the good folks over at Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival:
Marcus King and Billy Strings, two of the hottest names on today’s music scene, will join forces for a world-debut “King & Strings” set on May 25 at Rooster Walk 10, according to a release.

King will join Strings for the duration of a late-night, two-hour set at RW10, and iconic drummer Jeff Sipe will also sit in for the latter portion of the performance.

The two have never met, let alone played together, but each calls himself a fan of the other’s music. The current plan involves an unscripted jam that will begin in the bluegrass/acoustic world native to Strings, before evolving into something more electric and rock-based, with Sipe on the kit.

“I think that will be the most fun, if we showcase a little bit of both. We’ll get Marcus some on an acoustic and then get me on an electric with Marcus,” said the 25-year-old Strings. “We’ll kind of do both of our worlds and make them clash.”

Already a veteran of the special guest sit in, King has played with the likes of Widespread Panic, The Allman Brothers and Greensky Bluegrass, to name just a few. He said he’s looking forward to the improvisational set at Pop’s Farm, which will also feature Billy’s band (banjo, fiddle and bass.)

“I think it’s gonna be a hoot man. If I can be frank, I think it’s a great idea, and we’re gonna have a lot of fun with it,” said King, just 21 years old.

Rooster Walk 10 will take place May 24-27, 2018, at Pop’s Farm in Martinsville, Virginia. Headlining bands include The Wood Brothers, JJ Grey & Mofro and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. To buy tickets or learn more information, visit

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Third annual Jam in the Trees to feature diverse lineup including The Travelin’ McCourys, Jerry Douglas, Shooter Jennings and Elizabeth Cook on Aug. 24-25

From the good folks over at The Press House and Jam In The Trees:
Jam In The Trees is proud to announce the lineup for the 2018 festival, which will be held on August 24-25, 2018. The annual music festival returns with a diverse lineup for the third year to Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
The roster includes legendary artists The Travelin’ McCourys, Jerry Douglas, Shooter Jennings, Elizabeth Cook, Jane Kramer, Gangstagrass, The Stray Birds, Jim Lauderdale, The Steel Wheels, Fireside Collective, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, The Slocan Ramblers, and Andy Buckner. Following tradition, Jam in the Trees will host music on both an indoor and outdoor stage, and will strategically schedule artists so that there are no overlapping sets. In addition to award-winning Pisgah beer, food trucks will be present on-site, as well as unique vendors and local artisans.

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2018 MerleFest Band Competition to feature Brynmor, The Midatlantic among others

I am so excited to announce the 2018 MerleFest Band Competition will feature two of my personal favorites, Brynmor and The Midatlantic. The annual band competition features talented bands from across the country that perform for 15 minutes each.

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North Carolina Piedmont’s newest music venue, The Ramkat, opens March 9

From the good folks over at the new The Ramkat:

The Ramkat, a new concert hall and community performance space located in downtown Winston-Salem’s Entertainment District, has announced the lineup for its opening weekend along with an initial lineup of concerts in March and April. Tickets for all announced shows are available now online at

The Ramkat is a two-level, 11,670-square-foot entertainment venue located at
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Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival announces daily artist lineup, single-day ticket sales

From the good folks over at Rhythm ‘N Blooms Fest:

Rhythm N Blooms Music Festival is pleased to announce the daily lineup of artists for its ninth annual music festival. The festival, which takes place in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, on April 6-8, 2018, features a wide variety of national and regional acts ranging from Americana, country, alternative, roots and blues. On Friday, more than a dozen artists including Deer TickThe Mowgli’sCaroline Spence, and The Lonely Biscuits will perform across the festival’s seven stages. On Saturday, headliner Dr. Dog will be joined by Hayes CarllDK the DrummerPenny & Sparrow, and more. Paul Thorn’s Mission Temple Fireworks Revival featuring The McCrary Sisters will close out the festival on Sunday. Continue reading

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

In light of Shiloh Hill’s Thursday, March 1, show at Muddy Creek Music and Dance Hall in Bethania, North Carolina, with Brooklyn-based Common Jack, I thought I would re-post this story I wrote about this uber talented Winston-Salem-based group in October. Tickets for tonight’s show are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Shiloh Hill also made my “Favorite Musical Picks for 2017” published here and on The Huffington Post for the group’s most recent album, “Wildflower.” Go check them out. I promise you won’t be disappointed.


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.

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