Pick up your 2022 guide to the best of Western North Carolina’s traditional music scene, breakout musicians, artists, venues, and comprehensive calendar of music events, including concert series, dances, jam sessions, and more.
It is wonderful to hear the music of our North Carolina Mountains and Foothills come alive this year! Through the 4th edition of Down the Road – Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Guide, you can learn about old favorites and new fresh faces on the traditional music scene across our region. An extensive calendar of events will help you plan your journey down the road.
Traditional mountain music features the old-time sounds of string bands and the high energy of bluegrass. Cloggers kick up their heels on mountain stages. You can follow the callers of street dances in our historic small towns. In our mountains, ballads have been passed down from generation to generation, “knee-to-knee” on front porches with haunting verses that date back centuries to Ireland and Scotland. And across the region, you can hear sacred music from shaped-note singing to hymns sung in Cherokee to African American gospel.
The Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina was created to guide visitors and fans through the mountains and foothills of WNC to find the best mountain music for themselves.
The Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina is a partnership between Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership (BRNHA) and the NC Arts Council.