“Saturday was just as exciting, as two trios (Dom Flemons and John Stickley) played back to back, both delivering sets of awe inspiring song writing and virtuosity. Mipso took the Southern Stage starting slowly and then ramping up their performance as the show went on, playing fun covers and more upbeat tunes, whipping the audience into anticipation of sets by Chris Smither, The Good Lovelies, and Tony Furtado. The truly anticipated highlight, however, was no doubt the performance by event hosts The Steel Wheels. Though Trent Wagler’s charismatic performance makes him the undoubted front man, it’s hard to ignore just how much fun the rest of the band is having up there with him, leaning up into the center mike to deliver those fantastic Gospel harmonies they’re known for.” Read more here. 

“Dom Flemons – otherwise known as the American Songster – kicked off the evening with great merriment.
 In case you haven’t heard of them, songsters were itinerant multi-instrumentalist musicians who roamed the southern United States in the 19th century. Just as those old timers would have needed to be very skilled at playing music to suit the tastes of different audiences, Flemons was also able to switch seamlessly between instruments and styles. From strumming a wistful black cowboy number to singing a fun, up-tempo ditty about Nashville hot chicken. Each song told a story in its own way, whether our entertainer picked up a guitar, a banjo or harmonica.”  Read more here. 


If you enjoy roots music, and especially Americana, then Dom Flemons’ gig in Campbell’s Tavern, Cloughanover, on Wednesday, July 27, is for you.

A former member of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom plans to bring an intriguing mix of sounds to the venue, just outside Headford.

“I’ll be playing a combination of styles of American music, ranging from country blues to early ragtime, early jazz, and I’ll be doing some country,” he says. “I’ll also be interspersing older songs I’ve learned with original material.  Read more.

imagesKannapolis, N.C. – The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame has announced this year’s eight inductees.  The Induction Ceremony takes place annually in October. The inductees are as follows:

  • The Avett Brothers – folk rock/bluegrass/Americana, from Concord, NC.
  • Band of Oz – popular pioneer Beach music band, from Raleigh, NC.
  • Chuck Brown (deceased) – funk guitarist known as the “Godfather of Go-go,” from Gaston, NC.
  • The Carolina Chocolate Drops – Grammy award winning old time string band, from Durham, NC. (more…)


Dom Flemons is an Arizona born musician who has been touring in 2016 in Europe, teaming up for some gigs with legendary English folk artist Martin Simpson. He is a collector and afficianado of American folk music, mining the rich seam of recordings collected by the Lomax family among others, adding his respectful twist and helping to keep the songs alive. He also has a keen interest in Black culture, including the songs of the Black Cowboy tradition of his native state.

He’s an artist who values the stories behind the songs and their history as much as the song themselves and we’re all the better for it.

See more here.


To send him home, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. requested a modern gospel composition performed by its greatest singer. In 1968, Mahalia Jackson sang out of pain, she sang out of praise, at both the funeral at Ebenezer Baptist Church and the memorial at Morehouse College. She was a large black woman with a kind and pleasant face. When she opened her voice and unleashed this powerful praise music, she vocalized the sentiments that form the foundation of the modern black church:

Precious Lord, take my hand,
Lead me on, let me stand.
I’m tired, I’m weak, I’m ’lone.
Through the storm, through the night,
Lead me on to the light.
Take my hand, precious Lord, 
Lead me home. 

Read more here.