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Second annual Jam in the Trees set for Aug. 25-26, 2017, at Pisgah Brewing

Americana fans, listen up: The second Annual Jam In The Trees will feature some of my favorite acts including Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Jeffrey Foucault, Front Country, Eilen Jewell, Cicada Rhythm, Zoe & Cloyd, The Infamous Stringsuters, Acoustic Syndicate, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel, Tim O’Brien and Jan Fabricius, Jim Lauderdale, Underhill Rose and Ken Tizzard.

Jam in the Trees is a two-day, Americana music-themed event that takes place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25 and 26, 2017, on two stages — the Outdoor Stage and the Taproom Stage — at Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Continue reading


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Carolina Blues Festival set for May 20 at Barber Park Amphitheater in Greensboro

Blues fans, listen up: The 31st annual Carolina Blues Festival is set for 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Barber Park Amphitheater, 1500 Dans Road, in Greensboro, North Carolina.

A 10-pack of general admissions tickets are a bargain at $38.

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Mountain Faith Band’s literacy project an example of grass-roots initiative

This story was originally published as a Carolina Journal Exclusive.

Mountain Faith Band, which has graced the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and Radio City Music Hall, wants to bring its unique blend of Americana/roots music to a school near you.

It’s all in the name of promoting literacy and writing, without government funding or related mandates.

The bluegrass, folk, and gospel family band from Sylva has been playing its unique brand of music since 2000. Named the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association Emerging Artist of the Year, the group’s members are Summer McMahan, Brayden McMahan, Sam McMahan, Cory Piatt, and Nick Dauphinais.

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Yarn, Will Overman Band to perform Cinco de Mayo show at The Blind Tiger

I discovered two of my favorite bands — Yarn and Will Overman Band — at the annual Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival just outside Martinsville, Virginia. Rooster Walk 9 is set for May 25-28, 2017. Yarn, a perennial favorite will be there, but unfortunately, Will Overman Band will not. Rooster Walk needs to work on that for RW10.

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The Kruger Brothers trio to release ‘The Roan Mountain Suite’ at MerleFest 2017

The Kruger Brothers trio are releasing a remarkable new project, “The Roan Mountain Suite,” on April 28 as part of MerleFest’s 30th anniversary celebration that runs through April 30. This weekend also marks the trio’s 20th anniversary at the Americana music festival held on the grounds of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

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30 reasons to attend MerleFest’s 30th anniversary of making music, memories

MerleFest, one of the top Americana roots festivals, is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music and four days of making memories, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock and many other styles known as “traditional plus.” The festival, presented by Window World, is celebrating its 30th anniversary April 27-30, 2017, at in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Founded in 1988 by the late, great Doc Watson in memory of his son Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College. Tickets are available here.

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Scythian to release ‘Dance All Night’ at 30th anniversary of MerleFest

If MerleFest has a house band, it’s Scythian, the Celtic rockers who initially played their way into fans’ hearts busking outside the grounds as festival goers were waiting in line. To hear them tell it, Doc Watson heard them playing and the rest, as they say, is history.

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