Ragan Robinson

Ragan Robinson is the digital editor for the Winston-Salem Journal.


City Portrait: Morganton

Sheltered by the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the people of this Burke County city find art and music, history and natural beauty, in the gentle peaks that surround them.


From Bluegrass to Zydeco, Asheville Music Flourishes

Asheville won’t sit still for labels. Its inhabitants will smile and oblige mountain-music expectations with strings that threaten to ignite under a picker’s high-speed fingers. Sidewalk musicians will stage corner concerts, a gracious Asheville reception for guests drawn to the city for its celebrated jam sessions. But don’t dress the Asheville of your daydreams in a permanent pair of cowboy boots. And don’t brand it an unruly drummer too offbeat to march in time.