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Appalachian Roots Music: What’s with the Banjo?

We will visit the Blue Ridge Music Center and learn the history of bluegrass music on the Appalachian Mountains and Music Motorcycle Tour

I never learned to like bluegrass music as a child of the 1970’s. After all, we had the Rolling Stones, The Who, and Fleetwood Mac on the AM/FM dial so who needed that old timey stuff? (How ironic,the words “AM/FM dial” when talking about old timey stuff). And why were banjos …

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The Banjo and Unlearning

One of the many cases with priceless banjos

When you’re young, life is all about learning: to walk, to use the potty, to drive a car, and to fill out complicated income tax forms. But this summer, it occurred to me that perhaps I’ve reached the point  in life that UNlearning is more important. Here’s what I mean. As …

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The Blue Ridge Parkway: America’s Favorite Drive

Tamela Rich's motorcycle on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Quick! Of all the sites administered by the US National Park System, which one is the most visited? The Grand Canyon? Yosemite? Yellowstone? No, think east, not west, dear Reader. The correct answer? The Blue Ridge Parkway, a two-lane ribbon of road connecting North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains and Virginia’s …

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