Back Roads Videos

Back Roads to the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

These videos will give you a glimpse of some great, out-of-the-way places where you can enjoy and even participate in the traditional music of North Carolina’s mountains and foothills.

The Original Pickin' At Priddy's

Priddy's General Store offers seasonal live bluegrass throughout the year. The Original Pickin at Priddy’s happens every Saturday in October. Bring the family and experience the taste, sight, sound and feel of the “good ole days” at Priddy's General Store where great memories are made. 


WPAQ Saturday Morning Merry-Go-Round

The WPAQ Saturday Morning Merry-Go-Round has an exceptionally long history of presenting the best of live traditional music in the Blue Ridge. 


White Horse Black Mountain

A remarkable repurposing of an old automobile dealership’s garage, the White Horse offers an intimate listening room for many types of music, with bistro style seating along with an eclectic collection of comfy sofas and a bar with wine, beer, and soft drinks.


Drexel Barber Shop

Get a shave and a haircut and join the tradional music jam in the back room of the Drexel Barber Shop in the village of Drexel, NC. You'll hear bluegrass, country music, old-time, and western swing.


Phipps General Store

Phipp’s General Store, in the high country town of Lansing, NC, is the place where locals  - some drive up to two hours - and visitors come together for weekly old time music jams. A wood stove warms the colder months and during the summer the music and crowd spill to the front porch for bluegrass jams.


Sims Country Bar-B-Que

Make your way along the Back Roads to the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina and discover this mighty fine barbeque restaurant and dance hall near Granite Falls, NC. Clogging is a favorite among the clientele, as are the corn cakes served up with local sorghum alongside mouthwatering barbeque and sides.

Make your way along the Back Roads to the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina and discover this mighty fine bar-b-que restaurant and dance hall near Granite Falls, NC.

Rickman's Store and Cowee School

Step back in time for the Saturday afternoon bluegrass jams at T.H. Rickman's General Store, then step down the road a bit for evening performances on stage at the historic Cowee School, now repurposed as the Macon County Heritage Center. Just 10 minutes north of Franklin on Highway 28.



Young's Mountain Music

Folks come from hilltops and hollers to dance and listen to country music, bluegrass, and gospel played by local artists on the stage at Young’s Mountain Music, located between Burnsville and Spruce Pine along Highway 19. It has also become a place where young emerging musicians have the opportunity to take the stage to gain performance experience. (December 2015 - Young's Mountain Music is temporarily closed of renovations. SIte wil reopen soon.)


Clay's Corner

Nestled in the far southwestern corner of North Carolina, Clay’s Corner in Brasstown is a colorful stop on a visit to that region. Join the open jam sessions every Friday night in the back room. An “elderly” gas station and sort-of convenience store, Clay’s Corner bills itself as the “Possum Capital of the World,” and indeed you can buy all sorts of possum memorabilia there.



Fletcher Feed and Seed

This short video provides an inside look at the Feed & Seed Music Hall which offers old-fashioned, family-friendly music and dancing in a historic setting. Just 20 minutes south of Asheville and 15 minutes north of Hendersonville.

More videos to come soon!

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