Music


Clemmie Lee "Fig" Jones near his home in Pink Hill. An R&B and rock-and-roll drummer, Jones is holding the drumsticks that the early Kinston drummer Willie Moore gave him. (Photograph by Titus Brooks Heagins)
The Rise and Rebirth of North Carolina’s African American Music Trail

An eight-county trail in eastern NC doesn’t just revisit our dark history of segregation. It lifts up Black joy by celebrating the musicians who broke barriers and made remarkable music. 

The Durham artist is a leader in the local music scene. (Image via Sonicbids.com)
Being Shirlette Ammons: The Durham Musician on Embracing Life as a Queer, Black Woman in the South 

"Spectacles," the forthcoming album from the Durham artist, delves into a lifetime navigating a hybrid identity: QPOC, artist, and rural Southerner.

For just the second time, Willie Nelson's Farm Aid benefit is coming to North Carolina. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Why Now, More Than Ever, North Carolina Needs Farm Aid

Willie Nelson’s farm-boosting benefit show is coming to North Carolina. The timing couldn’t be better for N.C.’s biggest industry.

North Carolina singer-songwriter Fantasia Barrino performs in 2018.  (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)
NC Women Rockers Who Shook Up the Music World

It's Women Rock Day, and we're paying tribute to these North Carolina visionaries who broke barriers and blazed new trails in popular music.

Native North Carolinian Nina Simone is among the musicians featured on our list of songs to hear from NC. (Shutterstock)
NC Music Is Deep and Diverse: Here Are 10 Songs by North Carolinians to Add to Your Playlist

C&P takes you on a tour of North Carolina musicians, with overlooked gems from J. Cole to Roberta Flack to Nina Simone.