Technology is quite mind-blowing, isn’t it? We live in a day and age when online music sources like Spotify or Pandora can recommend new music to you based on your preferences. While I often marvel at the sophistication of these programs, I also try to remember the magic that occurs when a friend or stranger recommends new music, rather than a computer.
As my musical tastes evolve, so do the avenues through which I find new music. In eastern NC, you would be hard pressed to find big name acts playing in your area so you have to dig a little deeper and do a little more investigating to find talented musicians in the region and even across the state. Since moving to NC, I have learned to rely on the magazine Our State and the spin-off TV program on UNC-TV to aid me on my quest of musical discovery. Where better to learn about local music than from the people who are hitting the dirt roads, sidewalks, and jam sessions in all corners of the state? Each month I await the arrival of Our State in my mailbox, eager to learn not only about the music of NC but also about all of the citizens who make this state a wonderful place in which to live.
While I can’t wait to receive my January issue, I am especially excited to see the next Our State program on UNC-TV next month. On January 5th, 2012 (8pm) Our State UNC-TV will present a segment on the music and everyday life of Jim Avett. Avett, who is often mentioned in reference to his sons Scott and Seth (The Avett Brothers), deserves attention and accolades all his own. Whether perched on the front porch swing with his wife Susie or atop bales of hay in their old barn, Avett talks candidly with Our State about the blessings of raising their family on a working farm, the importance of staying grounded in faith, and the joy of being surrounded by great traditional music everyday.
Please check your local listings and tune in on January 5th at 8pm.
For those of you not in NC, go out and find resources like Our State or your local PBS station so you too can stay current on the people and events that make your state great!