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Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

Cover Image for Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina Guidebook

    

The Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina are the center of a rich history of music and dance, from musicians like Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs, to traditions like ballad singing and square dancing. 

The North Carolina Arts Council is leading a collaborative effort to bring these traditions to the forefront to improve the economies of local communities through a new interactive website. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with the Council's executive director Wayne Martin who helped develop the original Blue Ridge Heritage Initiative; and Laura Boosinger, an old-time musician who consulted on the Blue Ridge Music Trails initiative and serves as the executive director of the Madison County Arts Council. 

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.