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L.O. Temple's To Be a Simple Man packs heat and heart
By:  Sheryl Bryant - 4/18/2017
Lanny Temple of Bunnlevel, NC in Harnett County released To Be A Simple Man in 2015. It is an impressive volume of blues and Southern rock that deserves exposure. You really need to check it out for yourselves.

Stevie Nicks: Spirits Rising From the Dark Gothic Trunk of Lost Songs
By:  Sheryl Bryant - 3/20/2017
The Pretenders/Stevie Nicks show at PNC began with Chrissie Hynde and friends feeding the fans some electric, punkified rock and roll. Stevie Nicks followed with a two and one half hour testimonial that paired story with song, sharing songs from the vault as well as giving us her classic gold.

Ryanhood Stirs the Crowd at the Town Hall in Swansboro
By:  Sheryl Bryant - 3/5/2017
This indie folk duo that formed in Tucson in 2004 has got the stuff: Originality, cleverness and talent tightly loop for some solid melodic storytelling.

NC Ska & Reggae Launches skaNCk*wid*me Radio
By:  Danielle Rode - 3/2/2017
Listen to skaNCk*wid*me radio! Sixty-one classic and current North Carolina artists. Nearly four hundred Tarheel chunes. From Roots Reggae to Ska Punk and everything in between. NC skanks and ranks on skaNCk*wid*me radio!

Shovels & Rope Deliver an Unexpected Evening of Joy
By:  Erika Rasmussen - 2/27/2017
Just when I thought I knew Shovels & Rope, they delighted me with an amazing evening that's even better than I remembered.

Attending Bluegrass First Class at the Asheville Crowne Plaza Resort is like getting to sit at the adult table for the first time
By:  Erika Rasmussen - 2/25/2017
Everything is a little nicer. The humor is a little smarter. The music is more sophisticated. The setting is more formal. The food and beverages are better. And somehow, I got a pass to level up to the grown-ups' table last weekend.

Carolina Rebellion Festival Returns To Concord For 7th Year
By:  Sheryl Bryant - 2/22/2017
Don't miss the Carolina Rebellion Music Festival at Rock City Campground near Charlotte Motor Speedway this May 5th - 7th.

The Wood Brothers Leave It All On Stage At The Carolina Theatre In Durham
By:  Ike Riddick - 2/16/2017
The Wood Brothers took up shop at the historic Carolina Theatre on Monday night and delighted appreciative patrons with their collection of original folk rock blues as well as special tributes to Butch Trucks and Levon Helm.

John Scofield Pays Homage To Country Music Legends At The ArtsCenter In Carrboro, NC
By:  Paul Kerr - 2/15/2017
John Scofield's latest expedition Country For Old Men, opened its winter tour at the cozy ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC paying homage to American country music.

Darrel Darnell Experience Plays Aussie Day at Patrick Jane's Gourmet Pizza Bar
By:  Sheryl Bryant - 1/31/2017
Aussie Day is celebrated and elevated by the music of the Darrel Darnell Experience at Patrick Jane's Restaurant in the Shoppes of Kildaire in Cary, NC.

Trinity United Methodist Church Hosted Wakefield High School Singers for an Outstanding Holiday Concert
By:  Sheryl Bryant - 12/15/2016
Wakefield High School's Choruses, Choirs, Ensembles and Chamber Singers presented "A Season of Hope and Dreams" on Friday, December 9, 2016.

Playing Around with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe featuring Jimmy Herring
By:  Erika Rasmussen - 12/5/2016
Can you recall the days of running to join your friends on the playground? It looked so fun you just jumped right in until you were dragged out of there, practically kicking and screaming by some adult? Welcome to Karl Denson’s Tiny Playground. The fun’s just begun.

The O’Jays to headline 97.1 QMG’s Rhythms of Triumph 2017 Friday, Feb. 3
By:  Danielle Rode - 11/28/2016
Tickets are on sale now at the Greensboro Coliseum box office,, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Fiddler’s Dream, Michael Cleveland’s Fiery New Solo Project, Will Make You HAPPY
By:  Cindy Faulkner - 11/20/2016
Listening to Fiddler’s Dream will make you happy, and everyone seems to need more of that right now! Some people are not very happy at the end of this November because of, well….. you know. Down with all the drama and division in the air! If you need an instant pick-me-up, crank the volume of some blistering bluegrass music.

Sweater Beats at Kings Nov. 20th
By:  Danielle Rode - 11/17/2016
Sweater Beats brings his national tour to Kings, Raleigh on November 20th

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