Joe Newberry has been playing banjo since his childhood in Missouri, but his career blossomed in North Carolina as both an award-winning bluegrass songwriter and a semi-regular performer on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prarie Home Companion.” We were honored to have Joe perform in the Our State library. Enjoy his moving performance below.

Other Performances:
Kruger Brothers
Nikki Talley
Mandolin Orange
Lowland Hum

Our Music in the Library series is bringing some of North Carolina’s best musicians into our offices, instruments in hand, to perform a song or two just for us. We’re filming these live performances and showcasing them on our website. See the performances at

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Erin Reitz is a former digital content specialist at Our State.