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1920s: A Decade of Change
by Silverstein, Barrett A. Have you ever heard the phrase “the roaring twenties?” Also known as the Jazz Age, the decade of the 1920s featured economic prosperity and carefree living for many. The decade began with a roar and [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina: Kinston Area
by . African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina: Kinston Area by the North Carolina Arts Council. Originally published in African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina, [...] (from North Carolina Arts Council.)
Ballad of Tom Dooley
by Mitchell, Thornton W. Thomas C. Dula was born in Wilkes County on 20 June 1844, the son of Mary Dula. In 1862 he enlisted in the 42nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, as a private. Dula was captured at Kinston and was a [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Bluegrass Music
by Simpson, Bland, Menius, Arthur. Whether lightning-paced and exuberant or slow and mournful, the songs of bluegrass music are immediately recognizable by their tight vocal harmonies; precisely arranged string band instrumentation [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Blues
by Holden, Charles J., Baker, Bruce E. North Carolina boasts significant contributions to the musical tradition known as the blues. Throughout its formative decades, the blues was the music of solo artists rather than groups, with the [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Brevard Music Center
by Patteson, Angelyn H. Brevard Music Center, often called the "Summer Music Capital of the South," is the site of an annual festival featuring musicals, operas, symphonies, and choral programs that attracts thousands of [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Chautauqua
by Powell, William S. Chautauqua was an adult educational program established in 1874 by leaders of the Methodist Episcopal church on the shores of Lake Chautauqua, N.Y. From this base, programs spread to many parts of [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Classical Music
by Williams, Wiley J., Foote, Margaret, Boyer, Miriam, Sherwood, Mary Bates. Classical Music by Margaret Foote and Wiley J. Williams, 2006 Additional research provided by Miriam Boyer and Mary Bates Sherwood. See also: Brevard Music Center; Eastern Music [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Cotten, Elizabeth Nevills
by Hill, Michael. Elizabeth Nevills Cotten taught the world “Freight Train,” “Shake Sugaree,” and a host of other songs. Her “parlor ragtime” style was no less elegant for the guitar being turned upside down and the [...] (from Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History.)
Country Music
by Baker, Bruce E., Stephenson, Shelby. Country music is a distinctively American form of popular music based on traditional, southern, Anglo-American folk music and influenced to some extent by the blues. North Carolinians played a [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Dulcimer
by Troxler, Carole Watterson. Dulcimer by Carole Watterson Troxler, 2006 Settlement schools in the southern Appalachian Mountains at the start of the twentieth century nurtured elements of mountain culture they believed [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Eastern Music Festival
by Williams, Jeaneane. The Eastern Music Festival (EMF), established on the Guilford College campus in Greensboro in 1962, is one of the most acclaimed music educational camps and festivals in the United States. Originally [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
El festival internacional oficial
by . Folkmoot USA es un festival folklórico internacional que se lleva a cabo todos los veranos en el oeste de Carolina del Norte en la entrada del Parque Nacional de las Montañas Great Smoky. Luciendo [...] (from NC Office of Archives and History.)
Folk Music- Part 1: Introduction
by Troxler, Carole Watterson, Williams, Wiley J., Baker, Bruce E. Folk Music by Bruce E. Baker and Carole Watterson Troxler, 2006 Additional research provided by Wiley J. Williams. See also:"Ballad of Tom Dooley"; Mountain Dance and Folk Festival; [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Folk Music- Part 2: Ballads and Balladists of North Carolina
by Troxler, Carole Watterson, Williams, Wiley J., Baker, Bruce E. Folk Music by Bruce E. Baker and Carole Watterson Troxler, 2006 Additional research provided by Wiley J. Williams. See also:"Ballad of Tom Dooley"; Mountain Dance and Folk Festival; [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Folk Music- Part 3: People and Trends in North Carolina Folk Music
by Troxler, Carole Watterson, Williams, Wiley J., Baker, Bruce E. Folk Music by Bruce E. Baker and Carole Watterson Troxler, 2006 Additional research provided by Wiley J. Williams.   See also:"Ballad of Tom Dooley"; Mountain Dance and Folk [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Folk Music- Part 4: References
by Troxler, Carole Watterson, Williams, Wiley J., Baker, Bruce E. Folk Music by Bruce E. Baker and Carole Watterson Troxler, 2006 Additional research provided by Wiley J. Williams. See also:"Ballad of Tom Dooley"; Mountain Dance and Folk Festival; [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Fortescue, John Henry: Guitar Shorty
by . In the early 1970s, a one-of-a-kind artist lived near Elm City—the blues guitarist, singer, and musical storyteller John Henry Fortescue. Known as Guitar Shorty, Fortescue—who was originally from [...] (from North Carolina Arts Council.)
Geneva Perry and the International Sweethearts
by . In eastern North Carolina, public school band directors have often played a crucial role in inspiring and instructing rising generations of musicians. One of the most influential band directors of [...] (from North Carolina Arts Council.)
Gospel Music
by Williams, Wiley J., Foote, Margaret, Kobrin, Lisa Brantley. Gospel music, in both its African American and white traditions, is a very popular and influential musical form in North Carolina. The term "gospel" usually refers to a style of religious music [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Higgs, George and the Bull City Blues
by Wells, Mike "Lightnin'". For more than sixty years, George Higgs, of Tarboro in Edgecombe County, has been playing and singing the blues in his community and in places as far away as Australia and Switzerland—carrying on a [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Hip Hop in North Carolina
by Eckard, Max. The Triangle region of North Carolina, anchored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, Duke University and North Carolina Central University, is a [...] (from NCpedia.)
Hymnody
by Foote, Margaret. The singing of hymns has long been an integral part of the lives of many North Carolinians. During the colonial period, two denominations, the Anglicans and the Moravians, brought distinctive [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
James Brown Band: "Almost Like a Kinston Band”
by . James Brown Band: "Almost Like a Kinston Band" by the North Carolina Arts Council. Originally published in African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina, copyright 2013. Republished [...] (from North Carolina Arts Council.)
Jarrell, Benjamin Franklin
by Conway, Cecelia. Benjamin Franklin Jarrell, musician, was raised in Surry County on the southern slope of the Blue Ridge, the son of Rufus A. and Susan Turney Jarrell. According to his father, the Scotch-Irish family [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Jarrell, Thomas Jefferson
by Conway, Cecelia. Thomas Jefferson Jarrell, musician, born and raised near Round Peak in Surry County, was the oldest child of Benjamin Franklin and Susan Letisha Amburn Jarrell. He was an exceptional instrumentalist, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Jazz
by Cordle, Owen. Although the blues captivated many North Carolinians earlier than jazz did, the state nevertheless produced a long and impressive list of jazz musicians throughout the twentieth century. The scarcity [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
John Kuners
by Steelman, Bennett L. John Kuners (also known as John Kooners, John Canoes, Junkanoes, or Jonkonnu) were troupes of slaves and free blacks, brightly dressed and often masked, who sang and danced on Christmas and New [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Kinston's Tobacco Warehouses: Music Venues and Dance Halls
by . Kinston's Tobacco Warehouses: Music Venues and Dance Halls by the North Carolina Arts Council.  Originally published in African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina, copyright [...] (from North Carolina Arts Council.)
La canción del estado
by . “El Viejo Estado del Norte” fue adoptado como la canción del estado de Carolina del Norte por la Asamblea General de 1927 (G.S.149-1). Su compositor nativo de New Bern, Carolina del Norte, William [...] (from NC Office of Archives and History.)
Los bailes del estado
by . La Asamblea General del 2005 adoptó el baile del zapateo (clogging) como el baile folklórico oficial de Carolina del Norte y “shagging” como el baile popular de Carolina del Norte (G.S. [...] (from NC Office of Archives and History.)
Maceo and Melvin Parker: Early Influences
by . Maceo and Melvin Parker: Early Influences by the North Carolina Arts Council. Originally published in African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina, copyright 2013. Republished with [...] (from North Carolina Arts Council.)
Medicine Shows
by Menius, Arthur. Medicine Shows by Arthur Menius, 2006 See also: Crazy Water Crystals; Patent Medicines; Country Music Medicine shows, from roughly the end of the Civil [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Menhaden Chanteymen
by Foote, Margaret, Kress, Kelly. The Menhaden Chanteymen are a group of retired African American fishermen who previously worked off the coast near Beaufort. The group, during their working years, used singing to synchronize the [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
MerleFest
by McFee, Philip. MerleFest, a huge American roots and folk music festival that yearly draws nearly 80,000 people to Wilkes Community College and its surrounding area, stands as a musical homage to its namesake, the [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Moravian Music
by Hutcheson, John A., Jr. Moravian music is one of North Carolina's most striking and significant contributions to the heritage of the fine arts in the United States. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Mountain Dance and Folk Festival
by Baker, Bruce E. Asheville since 1928. That year, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, a passionate lover of mountain music and culture and an active collector of folk music, organized a contest for musicians and dancers in [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Music History from Colonization to the 1920s
by Silverstein, Barrett A. Music History from Colonization to the 1920s "America's Music in the 1920s" by Barrett A. Silverstein Reprinted with permission from the Tar Heel Junior Historian. Spring 2004. Tar Heel [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
North Carolina Symphony
by Sherwood, Mary Bates. The North Carolina Symphony had its origins in Chapel Hill as a work relief project as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal agencies in 1932. The first conductor was Lamar Stringfield, [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Old-Time String Band Music
by Simpson, Bland, Menius, Arthur, Kress, Kelly, Hicks, William. Old-Time String Band Music by Bland Simpson and William Hicks, 2006 Additional research provided by Kelly Kress and Art Menius. See also: Bluegrass Music; Country Music; Square [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Opera Houses
by Wilson, Paul F. From the mid-1870s until World War I, any building used for presenting entertainment on stage was popularly called an "opera house." The term was something of a euphemism: despite the popularity of [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Organs
by Johnson, K. Todd. Moravians first brought the organ into North Carolina for use in worship services. Joseph Ferdinand Bulitschek, a Salem cabinetmaker and millwright, built two early organs for Moravian congregations [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Peter, John Frederick
by Cauble, Frank P. John Frederick Peter, musician, composer, teacher, and minister, was born of German parents in Heerendyck, Holland, where his father, John Frederick Peter, was a Moravian pastor. His mother was [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Pianos
by Fick, Virginia Gunn. Pianos were ubiquitous in North Carolina homes, churches, and schools from the late eighteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century. By the late 1700s, pianos were imported to America by [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Proffitt, Frank Noah
by Warner, Anne. Frank Noah Proffitt, farmer, craftsman, and singer of traditional songs, was born in Laurel Bloomery, Tenn., the son of Wiley and Rebecca Alice Creed Proffitt. His paternal grandparents, John and [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Recording Industry - Part 1: Introduction
by Wells, Mike "Lightnin'". Recording Industry - Part 1: Introduction; Recording Industry - Part 2: North Carolina Recording Pioneers; Recording Industry - Part 3: Independent Labels Find Success; Recording Industry - Part 4: [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Recording Industry - Part 2: North Carolina Recording Pioneers
by Wells, Mike "Lightnin'". Recording Industry - Part 1: Introduction; Recording Industry - Part 2: North Carolina Recording Pioneers; Recording Industry - Part 3: Independent Labels Find Success; Recording Industry - Part 4: [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Recording Industry - Part 3: Independent Labels Find Success
by Wells, Mike "Lightnin'". Recording Industry - Part 1: Introduction; Recording Industry - Part 2: North Carolina Recording Pioneers; Recording Industry - Part 3: Independent Labels Find Success; Recording Industry - Part 4: [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Recording Industry - Part 4: Record Production since the 1970s
by . Recording Industry - Part 1: Introduction; Recording Industry - Part 2: North Carolina Recording Pioneers; Recording Industry - Part 3: Independent Labels Find Success; Recording Industry - Part 4: [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Recording Industry - Part 5: References
by . Recording Industry - Part 1: Introduction; Recording Industry - Part 2: North Carolina Recording Pioneers; Recording Industry - Part 3: Independent Labels Find Success; Recording Industry - Part 4: [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Rock Music
by Menconi, David. Rock music in North Carolina has always been marked by a "do-it-yourself" streak-meaning that some of the state's most notable musicians have practiced their craft while holding down day jobs. In [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Rouse, Ervin T.
by Hill, Michael. Rouse, Ervin T. 19 Sept. 1917-3 July 1981 by Michael Hill, Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History, [...] (from Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History.)
Sawtooth Center for Visual Art
by Kress, Kelly. The Sawtooth Center for Visual Art, an arts education facility located in downtown Winston-Salem in a renovated 1910 textile mill with a distinctive jagged roofline, serves the Triad community [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Shape-Note Singing
by Foote, Margaret. Shape-Note Singing by Margaret Foote, 2006 Shape-note singing is a form of American choral music developed in the early nineteenth century and still sung in sections of the southeastern United [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Swalin, Benjamin Franklin
by . Benjamin Franklin Swalin led the North Carolina Symphony for 33 years, from 1939 to 1972, revitalizing and expanding the project that Lamar Stringfield had started under the WPA. In 1945, Swalin's [...] (from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries.)
The Old North State: A Toast
by Agan, Kelly. State Toast: The Old North State: A Toast (aka, The Tar Heel Toast) by Kelly Agan, N.C. Government & Heritage Library, [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Vardell, Charles Gildersleeve
by Bair, Anna Withers. Charles Gildersleeve Vardell, music educator and composer, was born in Salisbury, the only son of Charles Graves, a Presbyterian minister, and Linda Lee Rumple Vardell. He grew up in Red Springs, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Williams, Cratis Dearl
by Jones, H. G. Cratis Dearl Williams, folklorist, ballad collector and singer, linguist, professor, and college administrator, rose from humble beginnings in the Caines Creek community of Big Sandy Valley in [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Work Songs
by Baker, Bruce E. Work Songs by Bruce E. Baker, 2006 See also: Menhaden Chanteymen. Work songs are sung as an accompaniment to work, primarily manual labor. They are usually traditional in nature, [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
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