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Western N.C. Recording Studios Help Artists Take Their Music to the Next Level (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… Recording in Western N.C. The industry has a long (if relatively modest and not widely-known) history in the region. In the earliest days of audio recording, a little-known recording device was transported all across the country—including Western North Carolina—and used to make scores of field recordings of folk and roots artists.

Western N.C. Recording Studios Help Artists Take Their Music to the Next Level (Part One)

An edited version of this feature was published previously as the cover story in the November 2018 issue of Capital at Play. “Music discovery and delivery have changed drastically in the past ten years, and they’ll keep changing,” says Jeff Collins of Crossroads Recording Studios in Arden. “It’s hard for an artist to keep up

Gar Ragland: Combining Commerce and Creativity (Part Three)

Continued from Part Two… Studio Serendipity “Even in college, I was hopeful that I would be able to make a living in music,” Ragland says. “I’ve always had aspirations of trying to make a living as a creative person. So, it doesn’t come as a surprise that I’m doing what I’m doing now. What’s more

Gar Ragland: Combining Commerce and Creativity (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… A New Song At the same time, parts of his past were calling him. “Having grown up in Winston-Salem, Boston was far away from home,” Ragland says. His family did have roots a bit closer, with a small family farm in rural West Virginia near the New River Gorge. “It’s been

Gar Ragland: Combining Commerce and Creativity (Part One)

Gar Ragland is deeply immersed in multiple endeavors that skillfully combine commerce and creativity. The ripple effects of his efforts are often far-reaching, providing tangible encouragement and assistance to rising musical talents. Some of his projects are high-profile, while others are understated, even under wraps. And though his career path has had its share of