Musings on folk, Americana, country, bluegrass and newgrass

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Mountain Faith to perform on April 7 at Duke Energy Center in Raleigh

Mountain Faith, the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Emerging Artist of the Year, is heading back to downtown Raleigh at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 7, to perform at the Duke Energy Center.

The bluegrass, folk and gospel family band that hails from Sylva, North Carolina, has been playing its unique brand of music since 2000.

The band is made up of Summer McMahan, Brayden McMahan, Sam McMahan, Cory Piatt and Luke Dotson.

In 2015, the band made it to the semifinal round on the popular TV show “America’s Got Talent” propelled by Mountain Faith’s unique cover of the OneRepublic hit “Counting Stars.” The same year the band traveled to the Persian Gulf and performed six concerts for our men and women serving in the military.

The group’s most recent project is “Battlefield.”





After Jack performs at Rooster Walk 6

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Listen up! My favorite Americana discoveries of 2014

One of the reasons I attend Americana music festivals is for the opportunity to be exposed to new music and musicians I might never have sampled on my own. Following is a list of some my favorite Americana musical discoveries of 2014 at some of my favorite festivals in no particular order and where I first heard them. I hope that you will share your own discoveries.

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