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...Read More
On the evening of Friday, June 26th, the Waynesville Street Dance will be live-streamed over the internet as part of North Carolina Music Day. Tune in and watch on your smart phone, tablet, or computer. You’ll need to follow @VisitNC on Twitter or on the Periscope app.
Here’s the official announcement:
Visit NC to Use Periscope to Promote #NCMusicDay to Visitors
Music lovers can pick up the beat at events taking place across North Carolina on Friday, June 26th, thanks to the #NCMusicDay showcase on the Periscope live-streaming app. The broadcast results from a partnership between Visit North Carolina and theNorth Carolina Arts Council, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau....
With more than 200 events on the Blue Ridge Music Trails, planning your day trip is easy.Read More
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is showcasing the traditional music of Western North Carolina in a series of music videos, “Back Roads to the Blue Ridge Music Trails of NC.”
Ten videos have been produced and will be introduced individually throughout the summer and fall of 2015. The first, filmed at the Feed & Seed music hall in Fletcher, will be released on Tuesday, May 19, on the Blue Ridge Music Trails YouTube channel.
“These fun films were made in small, off-the-beaten-path music venues that lovers of the traditional music of our region might otherwise not find,” said Angie Chandler, Executive Director of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. “Our goal is to get visitors to learn about and enjoy this music in venues,...Read More
We are saddened to report that legendary Dobro player Tut Taylor has passed. Learn more about Tut in our Traditional Artist Directory.
Here is a fitting tribute from The Tennessean:
Tut Taylor, "The Flatpickin' Dobro Man" who played on John Hartford's groundbreaking LP "Aereo-Plain" and helped open Nashville bluegrass hot spot The Old Time Pickin' Parlor in the early 1970s, died Thursday morning at the Wilkes Regional Medical Center in North Carolina. He was 91.
Robert Arthur Taylor, Sr. was born in Milledgeville, Ga., on Nov. 20, 1923. His parents reportedly paid the woman who delivered him in collard greens. He grew up in a musical family, and as a child he played the mandolin. He started learning how to play the Dobro in...Read More