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Lowland​ ​Hum​ ​releases​ ‘S​ongs for Christmas Time’ just in time for the holidays

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It’s a week before Black Friday, but you can start easing into the holiday spirit today with ​Lowland ​Hum’s ​”Songs ​for Christmas ​Time,” a ​collection of low-key holiday tunes “f​or ​those ​who ​need ​something ​a little ​less ​triumphantly ​cheerful ​during ​their ​holiday ​season.” Continue reading

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The Couldn’t Be Happiers share their ‘Baggage’ with WHUPFM listeners

What happens when a tattooed Texas troubadour blends melodies and shares harmonies with a sassy blonde country crooner from North Carolina? You get the Couldn’t Be Happiers,  a Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based duo that formed in July 2017. Continue reading


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Black Lillies, Yarn, Dangermuffin headline The Shindig 2017 on Nov. 4

The Shindig festival advertises itself as “music for your beers.” The event, set for Saturday, Nov. 4, in downtown Clayton, North Carolina, certainly has something for music lovers — nine bands on two stages — and for beer lovers with more than 13 beers on tap from local craft breweries.

Musical acts include The Black LilliesYarnDangermuffinAcoustic SyndicateForlorn Strangers and many more for free!

A limited number of VIP Tickets are available at theshindig.net


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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