Wednesday, June 02, 2010

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

you may also wish to see
Music Road: John Doyle: Wayward Son

Music Road: cathie ryan: the farthest wave

This is part of The Great American Road Trip, in which I originally partnered 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’d find there. The Library is closed now, but I think you will still find the journeys through music interesting.
For more about the road trip (and a look at some great road songs) see Great American Road Trip: Music begins

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Blogger Babette said...

Ooh, thanks for sharing this. Especially since I am now inNC!

9:05 AM  
Blogger Anjuli said...

this was great- I'm trying to learn as much about North Carolina as possible - since my future son in law is from there

11:53 AM  

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