“We chose the sites based on their ability to host the exhibition and to showcase local roots music heritage,” says Darrell Stover, program officer with the North Carolina Humanities Council and statewide coordinator of the exhibition. Although Jarrell passed away in 1985, Mount Airy continues to be a regional music center. Local radio station WPAQ (AM 740) remains an old-time music station and still draws crowds to “Merry Go Round,” a weekly performance broadcast live from downtown since 1948.
The traveling exhibit features interactive kiosks displaying, for example, instruments, vintage sheet music, images of performers, and program bills collected from such American music genres as blues, country western, folk, and gospel music. Each site is also designing its own lectures, photo essays, events, and oral histories around the local area’s music traditions and legacy.
The Mount Airy Museum kicks off the exhibit March 13 with a morning program at 10 a.m. and a reception at 5 p.m. On April 17, The Carolina Travelers welcome guests The Round Peak Ramblers at the Downtown Cinema as part of the celebration.
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