The millennial generation has brought new energy and talent to mountain music. Young stars of bluegrass and old-time music such as Josh Goforth, Emma McDowell, and Bryan McDowell are doing their native North Carolina proud. And the generation younger than the millennials — Generation Z —is showing every bit as much promise to carry Blue Ridge musical traditions into the future. Among them are fiddlers Lillian Chase and Rhiannon Ramsey and flatpicking guitarist Presley Barker.
The "Down the Road on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina" podcast highlights bluegrass and old-time music stories, performers, and traditions across the mountain and foothills counties of Western North Carolina. Hosted by Laura Boosinger and produced by Kim Clark of WNCW-FM, the podcast is a joint effort of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, the North Carolina Arts Council, WNCW-FM, and the American roots music journal No Depression.