Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina: A Guide to Music Sites, Artists and Traditions of the Mountains and Foothills your travel companion for Fall Adventures

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina: A Guide to Music Sites, Artists and Traditions of the Mountains and Foothills your travel companion for Fall Adventures

Planning an autumn getaway to the mountains of North Carolina? Take along the latest cultural trails guidebook from the N.C. Arts Council, Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina: A Guide to Music Sites, Artists, and Traditions of the Mountains and Foothills. (Available from UNC Press.)

From jam sessions held in century-old general stores and small-town barber shops to multiple-day fiddlers conventions and folk festivals, traditional mountain music can be heard throughout western North Carolina, preserving its past and energizing its present. Plenty of music festivals are on tap this fall so you can combine a beautiful setting with a musical event. Highlights include:

  • John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival, Brasstown Friday to Sunday, Oct. 4-6
  • Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia,” Mars Hill Saturday, Oct. 5
  • Todd New River Festival Saturday, Oct 12
  • Livermush Expo and Art of Sound Music Festival, Shelby Saturday, Oct 19
  • Ellenboro Fiddlers’ and Bluegrass Convention Saturday before Thanksgiving

Some year-found activities include perfect for a long weekend include:

  • Bluegrass Jam at Zuma Coffee, Marshall: Thursday
  • Clay’s Corner Weekly Jam Session, Brasstown: Fridays
  • Fletcher Feed and Seed, Fletcher: Weekly on Friday and Saturday
  • Jam Sessions at the Barber Shop, Drexel: Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Jimmy’s Pick n Grin, Andrews: Saturday
  • Marshall Railroad Depot, Marshall: Weekly Friday & Saturday nights, 1st Sundays
  • O’Henry’s Restaurant, East Bend: Weekly on Friday and Saturday
  • Old Fort Mountain Music, Old Fort: Weekly on Fridays
  • Old Helton School Hog Stomp, Lansing: Thursdays
  • Saturday Morning Jam at the Cook Shack, Union Grove: Saturday
  • Sims Country Bar-B-Que, Granite Falls: Friday and Saturday
  • Thursday Night Jam at the Silvermont Mansion, Brevard: Thursday
  • Todd General Store, JAM Sessions, Todd: Friday
  • Wilkes Heritage Museum/Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, Wilkesboro: Tuesday-Saturday
  • WPAQ Saturday Morning Merry-Go-Round, Mount Airy: Saturday
  • Young’s Mountain Music, Burnsville: Live music and dancing every Saturday

 

And while you’re watching the leaves turn yellow, orange and red along the Blue Ridge Parkway enjoy our recommended play list of traditional music selected from the CD that is included in the guidebook. From classics like the Watson Family, the more contemporary sounds of the Krüger Brothers to the region’s most influential historic musicians, the CD represents distinctive Blue Ridge musical styles, such as the unaccompanied ballad singing tradition in Madison County and Round Peak string band music. Swannanoa Tunnel, Frankie Silver’s Confession, Otto Wood, and Tom Dooley are based on actual events that took place in the region.

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina: A Guide to Music Sites, Artists, and Traditions of the Mountains and Foothills is a project of the North Carolina Arts Council and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership.  

Visit the companion website to the guidebook at www. BlueRidgeMusicNC.com. Find out more about the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area at www.blueridgeheritage.com


About the North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council works to make North Carolina The Creative State where a robust arts industry produces a creative economy, vibrant communities, children prepared for the 21st century and lives filled with discovery and learning. The Arts Council accomplishes this in partnership with artists and arts organizations, other organizations that use the arts to make their communities stronger and North Carolinians—young and old—who enjoy and participate in the arts. For more information visit www.ncarts.org.

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Arts Council is a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, which annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives.

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com.