Each month, our senior editor, a former music editor of Rolling Stone, curates one-of-a-kind Spotify playlists featuring North Carolina songs and musicians. We sat down with him to find out more about his love of music.
Growing up in a chilly 1950s household in Lumberton, a prodigy received the gift of music — a beautiful cherrywood piano. The instrument guided him through hardship, triumph, and, ultimately, redemption.
On fall break from college in the early 1980s, a writer and his loyal English setter took a road trip from Watauga County to the Qualla Boundary, accompanied by the sweet sounds of fiddles, banjos, and high-lonesome harmonies.