Nick Autry: Cause & the Cure...

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    It’s common and cliche to think it’s hard to stay true to yourself in Nashville and in the music industry as a whole. Maybe that’s true for any field where you find success and dig in. However, Nick Autry’s music is as real and true as it’s ever been, and his fresh release, Cause and the Cure, is a testament to his talent and drive as a genuine artist. His attitude about performing is such a testament, too. I was lucky to hear the new songs on a Friday afternoon this past summer at an outdoor event downtown. Unfortunately, Autry was scheduled to go on during rush hour and the sky showed all indications of imminent downpour. Adding to the confusion, folks from a Bible convention (yes, a Bible convention) milled in and...

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Revival of an American Storyteller: My Walk with Kathryn Tucker Windham...

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     They came from an era vastly different from our own.      In medieval times, people combined stories, poetry, music, and dance as a form of entertainment. The ones who excelled at this practice were revered and respected, often reaping the greatest benefits of their talents as honored members of royal courts. The people called them troubadours or minstrels, and women held these roles just as frequently as men.      They journeyed from land to land gathering news and learning favorite tales of the regions. Often they developed their own stories but sometimes… sometimes, they took bits and pieces of other people’s tales and adventures and embellished them with their own. It is said that good storytellers have the ability to hold an audience in the palm of their hand, observing their reactions and...

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Mount Airy

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     My dad is a champion whistler. The family has encouraged him to compete in Louisburg's International Whistlers Competition, and we've no doubt he'd take it, but once he found out the complexities of the rules, he wasn't interested. I did not inherit the whistling gift from him. But like all good Southern lads, I could whistle at least two tunes - Sesame Street, and the intro to The Andy Griffith Show.      It was a sad day this past July 3rd, when we North Carolinians, Southerners, Americans, and good people everywhere lost Andy Griffith.  I felt it my duty to head to Mt. Airy -- known to the outside world as Mayberry -- to pay my respects to a legend. For the uninitiated, Mt. Airy is located in the shade of Pilot Mountain,...

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Elder Mill Covered Bridge

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Photo credit: Lindsey Harris Photo credit: Lindsey Harris Photo credit: Lindsey Harris       Elder Mill Covered Bridge in Watkinsville, Georgia is one of 13 functioning covered bridges left in the state. The 100-foot wooden bridge was originally constructed in 1897 over Calls Creek. In 1924, the bridge was moved a few miles away via wagon to its present location over Rose Creek. Between 1924 and 1941, this bridge served as a safe passage to the Elder grist mill beyond the creek. Previously, all bridges built over Rose Creek would wash away in the spring during heavy rain and floods. The covered bridge provided a surer and steadier foundation.      After the mill shut down in 1941, the bridge was much more seldom used. In 1974, the bridge was deemed unsafe due to termite...

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An Interview with Milton Hall

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LO:  For those of our readers who don’t know you or your work yet, what can you tell us about your life in music and art thus far? In addition, though you’ve worked in a lot of different media, including visual and literary, so how specifically did you get your start in music? MH:  I grew up in a very rural area outside of town. The radio was the only link I had with the outside world. At some point in my early teens I stumbled upon 90.5 (WUSC – the best college radio station on the planet, in my completely biased opinion). I was pursuing the lower end of the dial and out comes “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2. That sounds so trite now but it seemed like a hidden world that I...

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