Stories tagged: "music"


Unspoken Tradition, a western NC bluegrass band, credits the Blue Ridge Music Trail with incubating their careers as well as other traditional bands in the area. (Image via Unspoken Tradition)
The Unbroken Chain: Rediscovering North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Music Trail

“Western NC has really punched above its weight in terms of influencing American music,” says one expert. There’s no better way to explore that influence than the Blue Ridge Music Trail.

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.

Protesters march along the streets to protest the shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City, N.C., Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Brown's killing made NC the center of the racial justice movement in 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
The 4 North Carolina Stories That Changed the Way I Think In 2021

Every journalist has a preconceived notion of the story, no matter what they tell you. These stories made me think twice about those notions. 

Six members of the Littleturtle family, who are Lumbee and Tuscarora, wear traditional regalia for a dance.
Powwows, Plant Medicine and Hip Hop: NC Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Storytelling, theater, music, and Indigenous food, C&P's guide to celebrating North Carolina's native population properly.

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.