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Come Hear NC On Songs We Love: Nina Simone's 'I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free'

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We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, HC McEntire joins Eric Hodge to talk about Nina Simone's 'I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free.' Like Nina Simone, McEntire grew up in Tryon, NC. She says the music Simone made often illuminates the challenges people in the South face, even to this day.

"For me you can hear the struggle, it’s just pure honest truth, you know, and you believe her, and she’s not holding back."

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