Carl catches up with Dom Flemons at the Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival in Mocksville, NC. Dom was born and raised in Arizona, and moved to NC because of his alignment with the musical and cultural heritage of the region. Dom abides in the rich traditions of African-American folk, country, and cowboy music. Dom recommends educational programs and summer camps that will immerse you in the art and provide connections for your musical growth.
For this episode of the Life in the Carolinas podcast, Carl is on location at the Theatre of the Republic in Conway, South Carolina, with the Executive/Artistic Director, Tim McGhee. The Theatre of the Republic began in 1969 as a community theatre that would perform in school auditoriums and other venues until they were offered the old Holiday theatre in town as their current home in 1999. The community came together to raise $1 million to renovate and restore the theatre and bring this rich cultural resource to the region.
Jamie and Heather have been fans of folk art for most of their relationship and promoting the arts has always been important to them. So putting the Kindred Art Gallery inside the B&B was a part of the plan from the beginning. They reached out to Charlie Frye directly and hß∑e served as a mentor to them as they began the process of curating the art and artists that they wanted to be a part of the gallery. Not only have Jamie and Heather been blessed by getting to know the artists, but guests of the Rosemary House greatly enjoy the art pieces and leave inspired to see the world in a different way, considering the potential of things that have never had potential before.
Jane Pigg recognizes the power of media in spreading messages, including public service campaigns like the Chesterfield county clean up day this past May. Partnering with local government officials and businesses, WCRE organized litter clean up efforts and communicated the importance of keeping the county clean. There is still much work to do, but Jane has faith that people will begin to adapt their ways and reduce the amount of waste being strewn along our roads.
This Carolina story has several interesting twists and it all started some 50 years ago in Michigan. A young boy by the name of Dennis Proctor was doing a bit of exploring in his parents’ room. The contents of the box lead Dennis to believe that the man he knew as his father was not actually his biological father. That was the start of a 50-year journey that would lead a man from Michigan to the third-generation barber shop at the top of second Street Hill in North Wilkesboro, NC.
Being a member of the Chamber of Commerce provides benefits such as brand building, credibility, recognition, networking, professional development opportunities, and comradery with other members. Many small business owners have seen their business grow significantly over the years due to their membership and participation in the Chamber, and they have seen firsthand what it is like to build trust with one another. Linda encourages listeners to get plugged in where you are, to serve, and to help others at all opportunities.
This episode of the Life in the Carolinas podcast was recorded on location in the Kindred Gallery of the Rosemary Bed and Breakfast in Pittsboro, North Carolina. One of the artists featured in the gallery is Cher Shaffer, who is celebrating 50 years of making folk art.
This episode of the Life in the Carolinas podcast was recorded on location during the 2019 Kruger Brothers Music Academy in Wilkes County, NC. Carl spoke with Jens about his musical journey and the events that led to his moving from Europe to Wilkesboro more than 15 years ago. Jens and his brother Uwe began playing music at a young age, and by the time Jens was 17 in 1979 the two were performing on the streets of various European cities. They were signed to CBS Records based on their talent, and the rest is history.
Shay caught the “songwriting bug” at a young age, influenced by his father who was a songwriter, and has always gravitated towards the guitar. He doesn’t remember exactly which song was the first that he wrote, but he looks back fondly on those early songwriting days as formative to his continuing passion for music. Sometimes a song begins with an idea, a single lyric, or a melody, but Shay always tries to remain true to his creative flow and let the songs come together organically.
Well-known musician, songwriter and comedian Jim Stafford recounts his surprise encounter with Don Gibson and the pleasant afternoon they spent talking about songwriting. Jim writes unique songs that have humorous or unexpected twists. Jim’s songs have the exceptional capacity of captivating audiences young and old, and he has enjoyed seeing the sizes of the crowds grow over the years as more people come to appreciate his art.