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Pickin’ in the Pines returns to Booth Amphitheatre on Sept. 4 with New Reveille and Andrew Duhon

CARY, NORTH CAROLINA — Pickin’ in the Pines returns to the Koka Booth Amphitheatre on Wednesday, Sept. 4, with New Reveille and Andrew Duhon.

Shows will take place on Wednesday evenings in September and early October featuring local and regional talent from 5:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

All seating and music will take place on the spacious Crescent Deck creating a casual and comfortable environment to enjoy a mid-week outing with friends.

  • Parking lots open at 5 p.m.
  • Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
  • Music runs 5:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • General Admission tickets are just $5.00 for ages 13 & up.

Pre-order dinner from Taziki’s Mediterranean Café and have it delivered to you at the show! Simply choose your menu item, contact Taziki’s and your meal will be delivered to the Amphitheatre for you to pick up the night of the event. Taziki’s may require 24-hour notice. Click here to place your order

Sept. 4, 2019
5:45 p.m.
New Orleans native, Andrew Duhon, is a songwriter with an undeniable voice, weighted and soulful. His 2014 release, ‘The Moorings’, was nominated for a Grammy for ‘Best Engineered Album’. Duhon’s new record, False River, was produced by Eric Masse and released in May 2018. No Depression describes Duhon as “A soulmate of Van Morrison lyrically and vocally.”

Americana band New Reveille featuring Amy Kamm (lead vocals), Daniel Cook (banjo, guitar, vocals), George Hage (guitar), and Autumn Brand (violin, vocals) released their album The Keep, on September 7, 2018. The praise soon followed with Rolling Stone Country naming them as one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know,” and describing their sound as “twangy, truck-driving music that runs on classical gas.” The New York Times included “Babylon” in their Playlist column and said, “…Appalachian melodies are at the core of New Reveille’s music, but there’s nothing old-fashioned about the perspective of its songs.” Billboard said, “The Keep showcases the Raleigh, N.C.-based band’s growth and cohesion,” CMT premiered their video for the song “Hounds” on their website, and No Depression said, “A tremendously pristine record with nary a flaw-simple yet elegant, savory and emoting.” The Keep was produced by Nashville-based, Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Ben Fowler (Rascal Flatts, Ruby Amanfu, Lucy Hale, Kip Moore). New Reveille were able to perform the songs for the first time at AMERICANAFEST in Nashville this past year. They plan on playing more shows through 2019, and with music that resonates and grows with each new hearing, they will surely gather new fans and accolades along the way.

Jeanne Jolly
Sept. 11, 2019
5:45 p.m.
Diamond Creek
Sept. 18, 2019
5:45 p.m
Johnny Folsom 4 & Patsy Cline Tribute
Sept. 25, 2019
5:45 p.m.
Lorraine Jordan & Friends
Oct. 2, 2019
5:45 p.m.
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The Steel Wheels head to Rooster Walk 11, The Rooster’s Wife for the holiday weekend

The Steel Wheels are having a double rooster of a holiday weekend.

First up, they are set to perform on Saturday at the 11th annual Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival in Axton, Virginia. And on Sunday the string band from Virginia is heading to The Rooster’s Wife to perform in Aberdeen, North Carolina.

It’s the first time the band will perform at either venue, according to Trent Wagler, the band’s founder and frontman, who plays guitar and banjo. Continue reading


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Hopscotch 10 celebrates a decade in downtown Raleigh on Sept. 5-7, 2019

Featuring an eclectic collection of more than 120 acts, Hopscotch Music Festival will return for its 10th year on Sept. 5-7, 2019 to downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

Hopscotch has been described as “America’s (secret) best festival” and “the premiere experimental and underground festival in America.”

Wristbands go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at bit.ly/Hopscotch10

Check out the impressive lineup below:

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NCMA hosts first solo exhibition of Scott Avett’s visual art

From the good folks over at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA):

Raleigh, N.C. — This fall, the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) hosts the first solo museum exhibition of the visual art of Scott Avett, founding member of the Grammy-nominated Avett Brothers band. Open October 12,2019,through February 2, 2020, Scott Avett: I N V I S I B L E will include large-scale portraits, prints, and paintings. Until now Avett’s work with The Avett Brothers has taken center stage. The NCMA exhibition shines a lighton his art making, thereby demonstrating the richness and diversity of his practice.“I’m not anything first—not painter, musician, writer, printmaker, performer—before I am an artist,” said Avett, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from East Carolina University and lives in Concord, N.C. Continue reading


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MerleFest 2019 Chris Austin Songwriting Competition winners announced

From the good folks at MerleFest:
After they were announced at MerleFest 2019, the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition winners performed at MerleFest 2019 on the Cabin Stage to an audience eager to hear these up-and-coming songwriters before they’ve hit the big time.
Now in its 27th year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of music industry professionals (Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale, better known as The Milk Carton Kids, Cruz Contreras of The Black Lillies, and Texas-troubadour Radney Foster), under the direction of volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale.

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Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance Spring 2019 lineup features Lukas Nelson and Promise of The Real, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba

From the good folks over at Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival:

Our line-up is always carefully crafted to showcase national, regional, and local acts that span multiple genres. This spring Lukas Nelson and Promise of The Real will headline with their rocking Americana and country roots in what promises to be electrifying performance. We welcome back the West African and funk sounds of Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba and our bluegrass buddies Driftwood. Local rock favorites Arson Daily almost burned down the Grove Stage last year with their high energy set so you know we had to get them back.

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Raleigh Magazine: MerleFest Grass Roots

The following piece was originally published in the April 2019 issue of Raleigh Magazine:

For the uninitiated, MerleFest wasn’t named for Merle Haggard, although the country legend has performed at the top-rated Americana roots festival over the years. MerleFest, now synonymous with its mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, was named for another musician, Eddy Merle Watson, son of the late, great guitarist, singer and songwriter Doc Watson.

A 2.5-hour drive from Raleigh, MerleFest’s 2019 headliners—The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Wynonna & the Big Noise, Dailey & Vincent, Tyler Childers, Keb’ Mo’, Sam Bush, The Earls of Leicester, Peter Rowan, Amos Lee, The Milk Carton Kids, Steep Canyon Rangers, Scythian and The Del McCoury Band—will no doubt draw music fans to the campus of Wilkes Community College in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

One of the best things about attending MerleFest, whether you’re there for the first time or the 15th, is all of the “new” acts just waiting to be discovered as you wander among the festival’s 13 stages. In between the headliners’ sets on the main Watson Stage are myriad opportunities to check out lesser-known acts among the 80-plus artists set to perform.

Here are six reasons why you should make the short trip to the annual musical homecoming event, which marks the unofficial kickoff to the region’s outdoor music festival season.

Read more here.