Sixteen months ago, Doc Watson's death offered a reminder that North Carolina has perpetually served as a musical incubator. This week, that spotlight returns with the IBMA's World of Bluegrass, in Raleigh for the first time.
"We saw this as the opportunity we'd been talking about—an event that can attract a new spotlight to the area and give us a shot at showing at least one piece of the larger puzzle of the great music that's being made here." —PineCone director William Lewis
The Steep Canyon Rangers, a band that began at UNC-Chapel Hill around 2001, never intended to play music full-time, much less big-time.
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