How The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music Began

A group of music lovers preserves and shares the sounds of a region.
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The Character of Woody Pines

An Asheville musician alters traditional songs to fit his diverse styles, and entertains crowds across the United States and United Kingdom.
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Summer Road Trip Music

Django Haskins crafts the perfect North Carolina summer road trip music playlist. So roll down the windows, press play, and hit the open road with us.
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Rayna Gellert

The Memory Project

Even as a preschooler, Rayna Gellert immersed herself in music her family made and the music they played from a collection of old-time records. Sometimes that meant reveling in string-band folk songs, but just as often the 4-year-old anguished over
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Piedmont Swing Dance Society

The Return of Swing

Twice a month, a group of friends gather in the Piedmont and relive the glory days of the jitterbug and swing dance.
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Shout Bands Charlotte

How the Spirit Moves You

Shout bands gave the Charlotte African-American community something of its own in the early 20th century. Colorful parades. Mass baptisms. And a haunting, beautiful sound that transcended race and time, and still moves people today.
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Music from Rayna Gellert

Listen to a few tracks from Swannanoa-based fiddler and singer-songwriter Rayna Gellert’s newest album.
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Happy Valley Pals

Old-Time Sound

Members of the Happy Valley Pals band preserve traditional Piedmont music.
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Victoria Livengood Opera

Dixie Diva

A farm girl from Thomasville discovered her voice and became an international opera star.
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The Dixie Diva Interview

Listen to excerpts of associate editor Sarah Perry’s interview with Victoria Livengood.
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