Road Trip Music in North Carolina
A tale of two guitarists winds through the North Carolina mountains.
Doc Watson, from Deep Gap, has been playing guitar across genres and influencing other players for decades now. Country, blues, jazz, folk, swing, and storytelling of all sorts make their way in to Doc’s view of music. He has recorded dozens of albums. One of the best is Riding the Midnight Train
John Doyle was born in Ireland, but the turns of his life have led him to make Asheville his home. He is a creative and innovative guitarist, fine writer of melodies (and now and then lyrics), respecter and re inventor of songs from all aspects of Irish tradition. For a taste of what he’s been doing recently, give a listen to Karan Casey and John Doyle: Exiles Return
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This is part of The Great American Road Trip, in which I’m partnering up with A Traveler’s Library to add musical ideas to the book and film suggestions for journeys through the regions of the United States which you’ll find there. Stop by and see what the Library has in mind to inspire travels through North Carolina. It's an award winning mystery story.
For more about the road trip (and a look at some great road songs) see Great American Road Trip: Music begins