Discover A Living History
Western North Carolina is home to the people who crafted the traditions generations ago and home to the people who preserve and pass them along today. Explore the artists, instruments, music, song and dance of the Blue Ridge Music Trails.
Meet the Artists
No one can tell the story of North Carolina’s mountain music better than the musicians themselves. Check out each artist’s profile to learn more about each one in their own words.
Traditional Artist Directory
By visiting the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s Traditional Artist Directory, you can learn more about the lives and careers of many of the remarkable musicians mentioned on this site. The Traditional Artist Directory is also the place to learn about the region’s outstanding craftspeople—quilters, carvers, potters, blacksmiths, and many others—and the men and women who are carrying on mountain heritage in such areas as storytelling, herbal medicine, and old ways of farming.