Blues

The State of Things
11:28 am
Fri December 12, 2014

The Rise and Fall of "The Killer"

The cover for Rick Bragg's new biography of Jerry Lee Lewis, "Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story."
Credit HarperCollins

    

When many people think about the legends of rock and roll music, they think about The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and so on.

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Fri November 21, 2014

The Emily Musolino Band

Emily Musolino of the Emily Musolino Band at Motorco in Durham.
Credit Emily Musolino Music

  

When Durham native Emily Musolino left for the Berklee College of Music, the only thing she knew she wanted to do with her life was to make music. 

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The State of Things
11:58 am
Fri September 5, 2014

The Campbell Brothers Do “A Love Supreme”

American Sacred Steel gospel group Campbell Brothers
Credit kmuw

The Campbell Brothers, a New York-based sacred steel band, will be performing a reinterpretation of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme to kick off the Bull Durham Blues Festival this weekend.

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The State Of Things
10:01 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Ironing Board Sam Performs Rhythm & Blues

Ironing Board Sam
Credit www.musicmaker.org/ / Music Maker Relief Foundation

  Ironing Board Sam has been playing rhythm and blues professionally since he was 16 years old in Rock Hill, SC. He's now 73, living in Chapel Hill and his passion for music-making is as strong as ever. Sam is part of Hillsborough's Music Maker Relief Foundation, and he's just released a new album, “Going Up.”

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The State of Things
1:01 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Historic Marker Dedicated To Elizabeth Cotten

Elizabeth Cotten at the 1968 Newport Folk Festival
Credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/63204614@N08/ / flickr

In the early 1900s in Carrboro, a young Elizabeth Cotten took her brother's handmade guitar from under his bed.

She started playing the instrument upside down - with her right hand on the fret and strumming with her left hand. The young woman went on to become a famous blues and folk musician. Next weekend, Carrboro will dedicate a historic marker to honor Cotton’s legacy and ties to the town.

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Movie Series Looks At History Of America's Music

America's Music is a film and performance series at the North Regional Branch of Wake County Libraries.
Credit http://www.wakegov.com/libraries/events/Pages/americasmusic.aspx

America’s Music is a film and performance series that traces the soundtrack of a nation. The program features documentary screenings and discussions about the history of 20th century American popular music from blues to Broadway and bluegrass to rock 'n' roll. 

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Arts & Culture
3:06 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Legendary NC Blues Musician George Higgs Dies

George Higgs
Credit Tim Duffy, Music Maker Relief Foundation

North Carolina blues musician George Higgs died on Tuesday. He was 82 years old.

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State of Things
10:25 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Jule Brown

http://www.unc.edu/~holland3

Mark Holland and his twin brother Michael found success in the music industry with the band Jennyanykind. They were signed to a major label in the mid-90s and in 1994, Mark created Jule Brown, a southern blues and rock persona to serve as a solo side-act to Jennyanykind.

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