laura boosinger

Image of Lula and Glenn Bolick
NC Arts Council

Glenn and Lula Bolick of Caldwell County are 2018 winners of the N.C. Heritage Award, the state’s highest honor for traditional artists. Lula is a member of the Owens family of Piedmont potters. Glenn grew up in a family whose heritage of music-making, sawmilling, and storytelling goes back generations. He carries on all three arts today, in addition to the pottery-making that he learned from Lula and her family.

Woman smiling holding banjo
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Many of today’s outstanding old-time and bluegrass musicians carry on longstanding family traditions. One such artist is multi-instrumentalist and flatfoot dancer Marsha Bowman Todd. A musician all her life, Marsha is one of the leading lights of the legendary musical community of Mount Airy, North Carolina.

Men performing on stage
Bill Lindsey

Way back in 1928, Bascom Lamar Lunsford helped start a festival of local musicians and dancers in Asheville. 90 years later, it's the longest running folk festival in the country. Musician, curator, and all-around mountain music expert Laura Boosinger joins Martin Anderson as guest DJ to spin recordings from some of the legendary string bands and balladeers that have played there over the years, as well as new releases from some of this year's headliners. The festival runs "along about sundown" August, 3, 4, and 5 at A-B Tech.