North Carolina Arts Council http://wunc.org en Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/blue-ridge-music-trails-north-carolina <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina are the center of a rich history of music and dance, from musicians like Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs, to traditions like ballad singing and square dancing.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 38710 at http://wunc.org Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina Bill Myers Wins NC Heritage Award - His Music Was Almost Never Heard http://wunc.org/post/bill-myers-wins-nc-heritage-award-his-music-was-almost-never-heard <p></p><p>Bill Myers was honored this week with a <a href="http://www.ncarts.org/Feature/HeritageAwardTickets.aspx">North Carolina Heritage Award</a>. Myers is a saxophone player, and he's led the jazz band The Monitors for close to 60 years.</p><p>Bill's earliest introduction to music was when the minstrel shows came through Eastern North Carolina in the 1940s.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 11:50:24 +0000 Carol Jackson 35918 at http://wunc.org Bill Myers Wins NC Heritage Award - His Music Was Almost Never Heard 5 Great Musicians You Might Not Know Are From Eastern North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/5-great-musicians-you-might-not-know-are-eastern-north-carolina <p>Eastern North Carolina has yielded a rich crop of nationally recognized African American musicians. People like jazz pianist and composer <a href="http://www.monkzone.com/">Thelonious Monk</a>.</p><p>But many musicians hailing from this part of the state have gone unnoticed. A new book,&nbsp;<a href="http://uncpress.unc.edu/browse/book_detail?title_id=3442"><em>African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina</em></a>, takes readers on a musical journey through this overlooked region.</p><p>Here are five musicians whose roots run deep in Eastern Carolina:</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:04:35 +0000 Nicole Campbell 27297 at http://wunc.org 5 Great Musicians You Might Not Know Are From Eastern North Carolina Economic Development Through Art http://wunc.org/post/economic-development-through-art <p>A task force of civic, arts, and business leaders says the arts can be an economic engine for North Carolina. The panel has <a href="http://www.ncarts.org/SmART%20Initiative/The%20Smart%20Initiative%20Final%20Proof1.pdf" target="_blank">released recommendations</a> as part of the <a href="http://www.ncarts.org/freeform_scrn_template.cfm?ffscrn_id=647" target="_blank">SmART Initiative</a>. It's mapping out ways for communities to use the arts to increase jobs and quality of life. Wed, 08 Feb 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson 3282 at http://wunc.org