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The 2024 edition of our Down the Road Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Guide is here!

This magazine features a wealth of stories about WNC’s traditional music, the people that play it, and the places where you can experience it. Our cover story celebrates 100 years of Earl Scruggs. You’ll also learn more about numerous styles, players, venues, concert series, and more throughout WNC. You’ll also get access to an extensive calendar of live music events through the spring of 2025. Read the full magazine online here or get your own copy here.

Fine Tuned CD and LP Now Available!

Fine Tuned: Volume One

The goal of Fine Tuned: Volume One is to document the hard work, dynamic energy, and lasting growth that occurred for the participants of Fine Tuned project. The album features 10 tracks from six artist grouping and offers sounds of bluegrass, old time, Cherokee, country, blues, gospel, and more.

Fine Tuned: Volume One will present the sound of WNC traditional music in 2023.  Available for release in late summer 2023, the the album will be offered in vinyl and CD format. Bring the dynamic energy of the Fine Tuned project into your music collection!

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Down The Road Podcasts

The Creative Community of Rare Bird Farm

Rare Bird Farm in the mountains of Madison County is an agricultural arts center that hosts performing arts, classes, workshops, and community events, all centered around the ideas of creativity, connection, and collaboration. While not a commercial farm, Rare Bird also raises animals, medicinal plants, and food. We spent some time with Mitchell Davis and Farrah Hoffmire or Rare Bird to learn more.

The Ridgetop Riches of Red Spruce

An intersection of the natural and musical heritage of WNC can be found in the high mountains. Red Spruce (picea rubens) is prominent at altitudes above 5,000 feet in the Southern Appalachians. It’s also one of the primary tonewoods used in traditional construction of mandolins and guitars. For this episode, we spent time with conservationist Marquette Crockett and luthier James Condino to learn more.

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