November 12, 2018

An essay supplement to our North Carolina Music Issue.

It’s easy to become bored with common things—a four-lane highway, or a daily schedule at the nursing home, or a type of bird or music. But maybe these days we make too much of what awes us or infuriates us, and too little of the regular life in the middle. What’s common only became common, after all, because it adapted and learned to fit in. A cliché was once original. Country music was once meaningful. Walking was once easy. A common robin once saved Jesus.

November 20, 2018

Notes on the songs from our 20th Southern Music Issue Sampler featuring North Carolina.

The profiles, eulogies, and essays herein boast of remarkable achievements of North Carolina’s musicians across eras and genres: from unassailable legends (High Point’s John Coltrane, Tryon’s Nina Simone, Chapel Hill’s James Taylor) to contemporary masters (Snow Hill’s Rapsody, Jacksonville’s Ryan Adams, Raleigh’s 9th Wonder) to the seen-afresh (Dunn’s Link Wray, Kannapolis’s George Clinton, Winston-Salem’s dB’s, Charlotte’s Jodeci)—and, of course, the often-overlooked and in-between (Winston-Salem’s Wesley Johnson, Morganton’s Etta Baker, Chapel Hill’s Liquid Pleasure, Kinston’s Nathaniel Jones, Black Mountain’s period of hosting John Cage). 

October 02, 2018

MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2018 at 5:30 PM | RALEIGH

The Oxford American will host a reception with readings and music, to be followed by a full 90-minute concert at Fletcher Opera Theater. Entry is limited via Ticketmaster.com as part of a VIP admission to the Fletcher Opera Theater concert that evening.

October 01, 2018

SATURDAY, DEC. 1, 2018 at 3:00 PM | ASHEVILLE

Presented in partnership with Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café, join us for stories from the issue featuring Nickole Brown, Wiley Cash, David Joy, Jon Kirby, Malinda Maynor Lowery, and C.L. White, and musical guest Tift Merritt.

October 01, 2018

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2018 at 7:00 PM | CHARLOTTE

Presented in partnership with Free Range Brewing, join us for stories from the issue featuring Rebecca Bengal, Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, Lauren Du Graf, Jon Kirby, John Thomason, and Dave Tompkins, and musical guest Tift Merritt.

October 01, 2018

TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2018 at 6:30 PM | DURHAM

Presented in partnership with The Pinhook and Letters Bookshop, join us for stories from the issue featuring Dasan Ahanu, Sarah Bryan, Benjamin Hedin, Jill McCorkle, Mark Powell, and Tom Rankin, and musical guests Tift Merritt and Phil Cook.

October 01, 2018

FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2018 at 8:30 PM | ASHEVILLE

Presented in partnership with Isis Music Hall, join us for a Statewide Singing Circle featuring Tift Merritt, poet Nickole Brown, Pat Mother Blues Cohen, Mike Guggino, Amanda Anne Platt, Woody Platt, Jimmy Landry, Michael Libramento, Tyler Ramsey, Graham Sharp, Sarah Siskind, Shannon Whitworth, and other surprise guests.

October 01, 2018

THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2018 at 7:30 PM | CHARLOTTE

Presented in partnership with Maxx Music, join us for a Statewide Singing Circle featuring Tift Merritt, Chócala, Phil Cook, David Childers, writer Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, Benji Hughes, Stephanie Morgan, Bill Noonan, Thomas Rhyant, and other surprise guests.

October 01, 2018

MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2018 at 7:30 PM | RALEIGH

Presented in partnership with Bob Nocek Presents, join us for a Statewide Singing Circle featuring Tift Merritt, Shirlette Ammons, Stephen Anderson, Chatham County Line, Phil Cook, Alice Gerrard, Brian Horton, Big Ron Hunter, H.C. McEntire, ASM (Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man), Sister Lena Mae Perry of the Branchettes, Chris Stamey, Mary Dobbin Williams, and other surprise guests.


*Note that VIP tickets include entry to the pre-concert reception at the Governor’s Mansion*

October 02, 2018

The Oxford American magazine’s celebration of its twentieth annual Southern Music issue, this year featuring North Carolina, will be held Monday, November 26 – Saturday, December 1, 2018. This weeklong celebration, co-presented by Hillsborough, North Carolina-based Yep Roc Records, and designed in partnership with North Carolina-native singer-songwriter Tift Merritt, will be comprised of music events featuring a Statewide Singing Circle and literary readings highlighting stories from the issue.