Charlotte’s glossy skyline can make yesteryear seem far removed. Step into the Levine Museum of the New South for a sense of the city’s heritage.
Let’s trek central and western North Carolina into southwest Virginia in search of America’s musical roots; where ballad-singing, flatfoot dancing and banjo-picking were homemade entertainment before radio broadcasts and makeshift recording studios made them something more. Here, bluegrass, country and old-time string music dominate, but wait ’til you hear their modern variations at jams and genre-blending festivals in historic downtowns, churches, and nightclubs. If at any time you’re uncertain what type of event you’re about to experience, just follow the music – the scene is utterly welcoming; the Blue Ridge Mountain backdrop disarming.