North Carolina Musicians

Photographs and Conversations

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About the Book

Daniel Coston’s career in photography began accidentally. A magazine writer, he began taking photographs for his stories when the regular photographer was unavailable, and his contacts as a writer led him to invitations to take pictures of local musicians. His life-long fascination with the sounds of North Carolina music drew him to begin documenting the musicians in his adopted state. This book is a collection of the best photographs and the stories behind them from the past sixteen years. From Doc Watson to Ben Folds, musicians of all genres are represented here in the studio, in concert, at festivals, and at home. Coston also interviewed members of the Avett Brothers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Squirrel Nut Zippers and many more.

About the Author(s)

Daniel Coston is a North Carolina-based photographer, writer, and traveler. His photography credits include work with Johnny Cash, the Avett Brothers, the Down From The Mountain tour, and many others. He lives in Charlotte.

Bibliographic Details

Daniel Coston
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 220
Bibliographic Info: 140 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7461-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0361-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments    vi

Foreword by Meg Freeman Whalen    1

Introduction    7

1. In the Studio    9

Fidelitorium Studios (Kernersville)    9

Reflection Studios (Charlotte)    14

Studio East (Charlotte)    17

Hooverama (Charlotte)    18

Old House Studios (Gastonia)    19

On the Radio    26

WTVI Studios (Charlotte)    26

Recording Away from a Studio    31

Electromagnetic Recorders (Winston-Salem)    33

Echo Mountain Studios (Asheville)    36

Overdub Lane (Durham)    40

Studio M (Durham)    42

The Rubber Room (Chapel Hill)    44

2. On the Road    46

The Triangle Area (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill)    48

On the Way to the Outer Banks    54

The Mountains and the Piedmont Triad    55

The Charlotte Region    58

Music Everywhere You Go    77

3. On Stage    82

North Carolina Music Scene in the 1990s    83

Southern Culture on the Skids    88

The Avett Brothers    91

Following the Musicians    97

Peter Holsapple    100

Nappy Brown and Bob Margolin    104

Playing Live Across the State    106

The Briarhoppers    109

George Hamilton IV    110

Andy Griffith    114

Tift Merritt    117

Chatham County Line    118

Earl Scruggs    121

George Shuffler    122

Jimmy Brown of Matrimony    123

Anywhere You Turn, a Good Show    127

4. Festivals    135

Bluegrass and Traditional Music    135

Rock and Roll and Beach Music    157

Blues and Jazz    161

Gospel Music    162

Best of the Rest    165

5. At Home    167

Joe Thompson    167

Dom Flemons: Reflecting on Music    171

Notable Others Who Called North Carolina Home    174

Writing and Recording from Home    181

Home Is the Place for Music    193

Final Thoughts    196

Index    199