Kristen Bearfield is a photographer based in Hickory, North Carolina, and a songwriter and musical artist who sings, plays guitar, mandolin & banjo with The Hurleys, a North Carolina bluegrass gospel group.
The Mast Farm Inn is honored to be one of the sponsors of Song of The Mountains. Song of the Mountains is produced through an unprecedented collaboration between The Lincoln Theatre, UNC-TV, regional bluegrass and old-time musicians, and the generous contributions of loyal supporters.
Adding richness and flavor to Native Ground Music’s extensive catalog, Wayne Erbsen’s wife, Barbara Swell, has collected old-timey pioneer recipes, kitchen wisdom and sayings, romantic advice, and cooking secrets from rural women who grew up using wood cookstoves in the southern mountains.
The Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories from the American South celebrates the tradition and innovation of this renowned banjo player. The Scruggs Center will enlighten, educate and celebrate the people, traditions and values of Cleveland County and honor native son and music legend Earl Scruggs.
Lou Reid & Carolina are based in Union Grove, North Carolina. With a sound based in traditional bluegrass roots, with an emphasis on dynamic vocals, Lou anchors the band with his lead vocals, and is arguably one of the most recognizable voices in bluegrass music today.
From deep in the Appalachians where the Great Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge comes the Balsam Range band, creatively blending Bluegrass, Folk, Gospel and Jazz into a new American acoustic music experience.
For almost a century, the music traditions of North Carolina have been celebrated and well documented in publications and research writings, films, photography, and sound recordings.