Sheila Kay Adams and Marc Pruett to Receive the North Carolina Heritage Award //

Governor Pat McCrory announced today that eight North Carolina artists will receive the North Carolina Heritage Award for their ...

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Asheville Marks 90th Anniversary of Historic Recording Sessions //

Ninety years ago this week, Asheville was the site of some remarkable music recording sessions. 

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Master Bluegrass Musician Billy Constable Passes //

The Blue Ridge Music Trails salutes Billy Constable, the master bluegrass musician from Spruce Pine, North Carolina who passed away on August 22, 2015 at the age of fifty-six. 

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Mountain Faith’s Got Talent! //

Mountain Faith, the bluegrass gospel band from Sylva, North Carolina, has advanced to the round three of the NBC television show America’s Got Talent.

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Dulcimer and Banjo Maker Clifford Glenn Passes //

The Blue Ridge Music Trails salutes Clifford Glenn, the talented dulcimer and banjo maker from Watauga County, who passed away on July 18, 2015 at the age of seventy-nine. Clifford made dulcimers and fretless mountain banjos for more than five decades in a tradition that dates back to his great-grandfather, Eli Presnell.

During the folk boom of the 1960s, Clifford and his father, Leonard Glenn, were discovered by the folk music community and orders for instruments began pouring in from all over the country and eventually the world.

When asked what he wanted to impart in general to the public, Clifford said, "I'd rather the instruments I make be played rather than just hung on a wall for decoration like some are. But they're...

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