Folk Music

Arts & Culture
10:21 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Listen: Jonathan Byrd 'Can't Outrun The Radio'

Jonathan Byrd (center) plays the Cat's Cradle tonight.
Credit jonathanbyrd.com

North Carolina's Jonathan Byrd has been served well by his time on the road. His travels have inspired his songs – both the gritty and gentle ones – and have earned him a huge following, especially in Canada.

He's a star in Quebec and southern Ontario.

"I sell out every show. The reception is just incredible, and I'm honored to be a part of that."

Jonathan Byrd's latest recording is "You Can't Outrun The Radio."

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Mon January 12, 2015

David Holt's State of Music

David Holt and Rhiannon Giddens during the filming of "David Holt's State of Music."
davidholt.com

  

Grammy Award winning musician David Holt moved to western North Carolina to learn "mountain music" in the early 1970s.

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Music
11:40 am
Mon December 29, 2014

The Avett Brothers Will Ring In The New Year In Raleigh

The Avett Brothers will be in Raleigh for their annual New Year's Eve concert.
Credit Moses / Wikipedia

North Carolina drops an acorn, a pickle, and a possum every New Years Eve. But Concord-natives Scott and Seth Avett have their own holiday tradition.  The Avett Brothers will be playing their annual New Year's Eve concert at the PNC Arena in Raleigh this year. 

The band does a New Year’s show in North Carolina every year. Seth says it’s a tradition borne out of convenience. When the band started 14 years ago, they were on the road a lot. Like, more than 200 shows in a year.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Greensboro's Little Mountain (LIVE)

Greensboro's Little Mountain perform live on The State of Things, 12/17/14
Credit Ivan Saul Cutler / Governor Morehead Forum for Economic Development

Greensboro's Little Mountain will perform live at the Triad Stage today during The State of Things. 

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Chapel Hill's Utility Player

Nick Vandenberg
Credit Nick-Vandenberg.com

This was originally aired on  10/17/2014

Nick Vandenberg is a man of many talents. 

In the early 2000’s Nick ventured from his home in the Mid-Ohio Valley out to L.A. in hopes of writing scores for films, and guess what? It happened. He worked wrote music for indie flicks that have made their way to the Sundance Movie Festival and has even had his music featured on Nickelodeon. But, now the multi-instrumentalist is based in Chapel Hill and he’s working on his second album of folk/roots music. 

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Build It Back Again: The Billy Jonas Band's Creative Reconstruction

From left to right, Sherman Hoover, Ashley Farmer, and Billy Jonas
Credit Steve Mann

    

The Billy Jonas Band, an Asheville-based group, encourages listeners to play along.

Their audiences routinely clap their hands and stomp their feet to add to the sound.

And the band members are masters of re-percussion, using recycled materials like milk jugs or buckets to create unique beats and sounds.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Fri October 17, 2014

A Chapel Hill Utility Player

Nick Vandenberg is a Chapel Hill musician (posing outside the Durham studios).
Credit Hady Mawajdeh (WUNC)

Nick Vandenberg  is a man of many talents. 

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Joe's Sailing On Dry Land

Joe Woodson prepares for the show.
Hady Mawajdeh

Joe Woodson and The Bean Trees have released a new album of Americana music that has an old-fashioned grounded by solid songwriting. 

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Arts & Culture
11:39 am
Thu September 25, 2014

'The Most Natural Thing': The Wood Brothers Play Tonight In Saxapahaw

The Wood Brothers are playing in Saxapahaw tonight.
Credit The Wood Brothers

Brothers Chris and Oliver Wood went their separate ways after growing up in Boulder, Colorado. 

Oliver headed to Atlanta where he formed the band King Johnson which combined, blues, R&B, funk and country. 

Chris traveled to New York to continue his studies on jazz bass and went on to form the instrumental Medeski, Martin and Wood

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Wowolfol Plays The Triad Theater

Durham Artist Rich James has like staying pretty anonymous while playing under the moniker of WowolfoL, but he's stepping out and into the light.
Credit wowolfol.bandcamp.com

Music by the Durham-based Wowolfol band is difficult to describe. 

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