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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Mandolin Orange Plays LIVE In WUNC Studios

Mandolin Orange
Credit NPR Music

The music of Mandolin Orange is pure and beautiful.  Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz call North Carolina home, but they have spent the better part of a year on the road, most recently touring Europe with Chatham County Line. Now home, the duo is playing at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC this weekend. But first they stopped by the studio to talk with Eric Hodge, and play live:

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow dropped by WUNC to play The State of Things.

The Lone Bellow is a band is born from tragedy with songs told with heart and simplicity. 

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Arts & Culture
8:03 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Jason Isbell's 'Plea For Redemption' Brings Praise From Americana Music Lovers

Jason Isbell is coming to Durham to perform at DPAC.
Credit Michael Wilson / Jason Isbell

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Jason Isbell has covered a lot of ground since leaving the Drive-By Truckers seven years ago. He's released several albums with his band The 400 Unit. He spent a lot of time on the road and last year put out his solo album Southeastern. Great reviews followed.

This fall, Isbell scooped up Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year at the 2014 Americana Music Awards.

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Arts & Culture
6:44 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

George Hamilton IV: 1937-2014. Five Songs That Made Him Famous

George Hamilton IV

George Hamilton IV was a student at UNC Chapel Hill when a friend approached him and asked him to sing the song "A Rose And A Baby Ruth." Hamilton didn't like the song, but after some nudging from a local record executive, he relented. The song shot to number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and launched a career marked by a string of chart successes.

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Favorite Sessions
10:26 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Folk Alley Presents: Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons.
Folk Alley

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 12:02 pm

Many people know Dom Flemons as one-third of the original membership of groundbreaking revivalist stringband Carolina Chocolate Drops. Indeed, with the CCDs, Flemons achieved international acclaim and earned award nominations from organizations like the Americana Music Association and the Grammys. But, before the Chocolate Drops made their debut, he was a performing songster and songwriter, covering the entire scope of what constitutes American folk and roots music — not just the stringband, Carolina-based stuff that would eventually make him folk-famous.

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The Fresh Air Interview
3:41 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Dom Flemons Holds On To Those Old-Time Roots

Dom Flemons with his 1920s banjo.
Michael Weintrob Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 11:39 am

From his vintage hat to his enormous 1920s banjo, Dom Flemons looks like he's time-traveled from a different era.

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The State of Things
10:30 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Musician Jon Langford: Blending Punk With Country

Drone Operator album art
Jon Langford

Welsh musician Jon Langford is best known for his time with the British punk band, The Mekons. But Langford’s work is also deeply influenced by American country singers like Johnny Cash. Langford's new album, "Here Be Monsters", blends those interests. He'll be performing at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh on April 25th at 8 p.m. Host Frank Stasio talks with Jon Lanford and we get a taste of the new album. 

The State of Things
9:52 am
Tue March 25, 2014

New Songs With Old Roots

Bruce Piephoff's new album is Soft Soap Purrings


Bruce Piephoff's music draws inspiration from the Appalachian tradition of story and character-centered songs. The poet, guitarist and singer released a new album, "Soft Soap Purrings" earlier this year. 

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

The Indigo Girls' Amy Ray: Her New Album Is A Little Bit Country, And A Lot North Carolina

Amy Ray, art from her new album
Credit Amy Ray

Amy Ray is likely best known as a member of the duo the Indigo Girls. She has a solo career as well and this week the Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter released her first country record.  It's called "Goodnight Tender" and it has tons of North Carolina connections. It was recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville.  There are local musicians involved, like the brothers from Megafaun.

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Ricky Skaggs On His Kentucky Mountain Origins

Ricky Skaggs
Credit / Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs was just five years old when he first got his hands on a mandolin. Many boys in small town Kentucky were playing the guitar or the fiddle, but not the mandolin. With a rich and varied career in bluegrass and country, Skaggs is known for that masterful mandolin sound. 

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