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Piedmont Laureate: Going Down to Raleigh, Bluegrass History of Eastern NC

Thursday, Aug. 29, 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.

Bluegrass has an image and reputation as “mountain music,” but just as much of the history can be found in the lowlands of the east end of North Carolina. This discussion, with musical accompaniment, features North Carolina arts council executive director Wayne Martin, who produced the 2009 project “Going Down to Raleigh: Stringband Music in the North Carolina Piedmont 1976-1998”; Justin Robinson, co-founder of the Grammy-winning stringband Carolina Chocolate Drops; Tommy Goldsmith, author of the forthcoming book “Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown: The Making of an American Classic”; and music historian Marshall Wyatt, who runs the Grammy-nominated Raleigh-based label Old Hat Records. Also featuring live music by Violet Bell, Evelyn Shaw and Gerry Overton.

Presented by the Piedmont Laureate Program, PineCone|The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, and the North Carolina Museum of History