Welcome to the temporary African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina website. While we finish building the new website — a guide to music sites, artists and traditions — we invite you to explore here.

The African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina project is a celebration of jazz, rhythm and blues, funk, gospel, blues, church music, rap, marching bands – and the musicians and places in eastern North Carolina where music has been a part of family, church and community life for generations. A cluster of eight contiguous counties including Edgecombe, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt, Wayne and Wilson are featured. Distinct and powerful African American music traditions are also abundant across North Carolina.



Listen to Frank Stasio of WUNC Public Radio’s The State of Things interview two of the book’s authors, Sarah Bryan and Michelle Lanier, along with musicians Bill Myers and Dick Knight:

Mapping African American Music in Eastern North Carolina, December 11, 2013