Cane Mill Road Carries on Deep Gap Legacy
Deep Gap, North Carolina, is known around the world as the home of the legendary Doc Watson and his son Merle. Now the rising bluegrass band Cane Mill Road is carrying on the legacy. Born in the new millennium, fiddler and mandolinist Liam Purcell immersed in mountain music through the after school Junior Appalachian Musicians program. As teenagers, Liam joined forces with Tray Wellington, a banjo player from Jefferson. They are joined by two more rising stars of mountain music, bass player Eliot Smith of Watauga County and Southwest Virginia guitarist Casey Lewis.
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, and WNCW-FM.