Doc Watson playing his guitar in Deep Gap, NC

The First Family of NC Mountain Music

Doc Watson’s legendary flat-picking style helped define the sound of North Carolina. But he would’ve been the first to say that he was one link in a long tradition of folk and bluegrass. Raised in a musical home in Deep Gap, his influence branched out far beyond Watauga County, welcoming new generations of musicians into the fold.

Rock, Roll, & Remember

Across North Carolina and through the years, artists of all stripes have contributed to an ever-evolving genre of music that’s defined by its edginess and energy.

Walls of Fame: 17 Musical Murals

A muralist set out to honor North Carolina’s musical heritage by painting portraits of notable artists — some famous rockers and others musicians who inspired them — in the towns and cities that they once called home.