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Cold Mountain Music Festival 2018 lineup features Shovels & Rope, Mandolin Orange, River Whyless and The Steel Wheels, among many others

To know me is to know that the lineup announcement for the second annual 2018 Cold Mountain Music Festival at Lake Logan set for June 8-9 has me pretty excited.

They had me at Shovels & Rope, Mandolin Orange, River Whyless, The Steel Wheels and Jon Stickley Trio, and that’s not all the acts!

The event will raise funds and awareness for Lake Logan and Camp Henry. The centerpiece of the 300-acre property is a mile-long lake surrounded by the Shining Rock Wilderness Area of Pisgah National Forest, according to the website.

So if you, like me, are interested in checking out this festival, head over to http://coldmountainmusic.org to buy tickets or for more information.


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Flashback Friday: Seven Questions with Tim O’Brien

In light of the fact that West Virginia native and Grammy-winning, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien is bringing his prodigious talents to Asheville and Raleigh this weekend with “The Banjo Tramps,” today’s Flashback Friday is an interview I had the privilege of conducting at Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival a few years ago. Continue reading


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Wise Man Brewing celebrates its first anniversary with live music, beer releases

Wise Man Brewing in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is celebrating its first anniversary with four days of exclusive beer releases (as they should) and live music (because what’s a party without music?). Continue reading


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‘MerleFest On The Road’ featuring the Way Down Wanderers, The Barefoot Movement and Andy May offers a sneak peek of 2018 festival offerings

This just in from the good folks over at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina:
MerleFest, the popular music festival founded by the legendary Doc Watson and presented by Window World, offers music lovers a sneak peek of this spring’s festival when MerleFest On the Road tours throughout the Southeast during March. The tour will feature select artists that will perform at MerleFest 2018 or have performed previously at the festival: The Way Down Wanderers, The Barefoot Movement and Andy May.

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Martha Bassett to perform at The Barn at Reynolda Village on Friday, Jan. 26

Doors for the latest installment of the “More Barn” Concert Series featuring bluegrass and folk singer-songwriter Martha Bassett open at 7 p.m. with the show slated to start at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, at The Barn at Reynolda Village, 106 Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Silo Bistro & Bar will be on site with wine and beer for sale.

Bassett was raised on the bluegrass and gospel of her native West Virginia farmland, according to her website bio. Classically trained, Bassett is blessed with a crystalline tone, a remarkable range, and sultry delivery. Her performances are known for their emotional honesty and visceral impact, making everyone in the room feel she’s singing directly to them.  Her musical inspiration moves effortlessly through swing, jazz, folk, country, and rock guaranteeing playful variety at her live shows.

Mixing originals with choice covers, she navigates sexy torch songs, rip-your-heart-out ballads, and slinky groove tunes with ease supported by a band equally comfortable in acoustic and electric settings. With her fourth disc, “The Goodbye Party,” released in 2017, Bassett explores longing, anger, loss and love.  The songs are heartbroken and wistfully triumphant. No Depression describes Martha’s music as “intricate and resoundingly captivating, each song takes me further into a scene.”

Regularly seen on stages at Merlefest, the Eastern Music Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival and concert venues throughout North Carolina and Virginia, she’s opened for Lyle Lovett, Tony Bennett, the Avett Brothers, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Jim Lauderdale, and Chuck Prophet.  Bassett contributed music to the Sony Classics film, “Junebug,” as well. Her tours have taken her up and down the east coast and into the Midwest.

 

 


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Ring in the new year on a live musical note

Still looking for ideas to close out 2017 and welcome the new year? There are myriad live music options at venues in and around North Carolina’s Triangle and beyond. The following list is in alphabetical order and in no way comprehensive so please feel free to share other options. Happy New Year!

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