Listen to our curated Spotify playlist featuring a selection of tunes by homegrown jazz legends and the modern musicians they inspired.
Book Review: On the Way to Birdland
In this adventure-packed novel, a teenager from High Point sets out on a mission to reunite his family. Inspired by the music of his hometown hero, he journeys through fantasy and reality.
An Our State Playlist: Voices of North Carolina Women
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve curated a Spotify playlist featuring a selection of tunes by homegrown female musicians.
Musicians Who Move Us
The tunes created by these talented North Carolinians fill our homes and hearts all year. During Black History Month, especially, we love to celebrate their legacies.
An Our State Playlist: Black History in North Carolina
To celebrate Black History Month, take a journey into the history of African American music in North Carolina with our curated Spotify playlist.
A Q&A with Our State’s Resident Playlist Maker: Mark Kemp
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.
Our State Knows Best: Jazz
Listen up! Four experts share their best tips for beginners getting into jazz, the North Carolina musicians who most inspire them, and the records that are essential to any good collection — plus, how to avoid the “jazz police.”
The 1960s: The Concerts That Helped Desegregate ECU
Although slow to desegregate, one college shifts racial sentiments on campus not with court orders or violence — but through the power of music.
The 1940s: The Soundtrack of the Decade
In the 1940s, traditional mountain music gives rise to bluegrass, jazz spreads nationwide, and three North Carolina natives make their mark on American music.