Mark Haywood

The State of Things
10:48 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Young Band Spreads Its Musical Wings

The band Many Nights Ahead performs on The State of Things.

Out of the Shenandoah Valley, Many Nights Ahead is a young 7-member bluegrass band looking to grow. Their music is influenced by the Shenandoah Valley and their backgrounds in genres such as blues and metal. 

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The State of Things
11:02 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Love Army Fights NC General Assembly With Music

The North Carolina Music Love Army Logo.
Credit Skillet Gilmore

Two weeks ago, the North Carolina Music Love Army did not exist. It was just an idea.

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The State of Things
10:17 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Chasing Windmills: Outsider Art Flourishes in North Carolina

Vollis Simpson on his farm in Lucama, NC circa 1986.
Roger Manley

Thousands of curious visitors have made the trek out to Lucama, North Carolina.  The tiny rural town, home to just over a thousand people, has become an unlikely tourist attraction. The visitors come to see the whirligigs.  These are giant windmills, measuring up to six stories high and 50 feet wide, with hundreds of small moving parts. 

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Bluegrass Band 'Town Mountain' on Tour

Town Mountain
Credit Jason Beverly /

Last year, Town Mountain released their album Leave the Bottle.  On WNCW’s “Top 100 of 2012” list, the  Asheville-based bluegrass band's album earned the #19 spot. 

Town Mountain is playing tonight in Raleigh at The Pour House Music Hall.  The band joins Frank Stasio today in the studio to tell us about themselves and play a few songs.

Listen to their song "Come Break My Heart."

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The State of Things
11:20 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Jeff Deaver Breathes New Life Into Popular Character

Cover of best-selling author Jeffery Deaver's new novel, 'The Kill Room.'

  Best-selling author Jeffery Deaver has garnered international acclaim through his murder mystery series of novels featuring former NYPD homicide detective Lincoln Rhyme.

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