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Discover Mountain Music with New ‘Down the Road’ Guide

Explore the Blue Ridge Music Trails With Our Free Magazine

If you love the traditional sounds of mountain music from banjos to fiddles, from ballads to shape-note singing, find your passion with our new “Down the Road” guide to the Blue Ridge Music Trails.

Working with the talented editors and writers of Smoky Mountain News, we have published a free 64-page magazine “Down The Road,” with 30,000 copies to distribute to partnering music venues, stages and visitor centers across the region.

Learn how N.C. Heritage Award winner Arvil Freeman is passing on fiddle playing to a new generation. Meet the talented David Holt as he captures the roots of mountain music on his PBS show “David Holt’s State of Music.” Follow the Music Trails up to Mount Airy, Andy Griffith’s hometown, and the heart of the distinctive Round Peak sound popularized by fiddler Tommy Jarrell and others. See how Shelby is honoring the legacy of Earl Scruggs, who shaped the sound of bluegrass banjo with his three-fingered style of playing.

The Blue Ridge Mountains has been a fertile ground for European, African American and Cherokee sounds that have met and mingled for hundreds of years. In these mountain coves, among these rolling foothills of Western North Carolina, come the sounds of fiddle, banjo, guitar, and mandolin –  homegrown sounds that have shaped American music in many genres.

BRNHA launched its signature Blue Ridge Music Trails in 2013, inviting people to return to the source to hear and enjoy these living traditions in 29 counties of Western North Carolina.

“Down the Road” magazine includes an extensive calendar of events, listing festivals, stages, and venues throughout the entire region.

Read the online version, or look for the free magazine at visitors centers, venues and festivals around the region.

Dale Neal