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In 16 years as a columnist for the Charlotte Observer, Tommy Tomlinson earned a reputation for telling the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things — the teenagers who integrated a Charlotte high school; a college math professor breaking a code; a police recruit with disabilitie…

The accolade has shown up over and over again: “The greatest guitarist in the world,” attributed to Eric Clapton about Albert Lee, one of Clapton’s longtime sidemen. Bill Heath of Muddy Creek Music Hall included it on a poster two years ago, the last time Lee performed there.

WHITE CROSS — Only the low ceiling kept people from hanging off the rafters of the Kraken, a funky little roadhouse out in the country west of Chapel Hill. Jonathan Byrd stepped to the microphone, surveyed the packed crowd and reflected on his final show for 2018 of a weekly residency that b…

NEW YORK — Daryl Dragon, the cap-wearing "Captain" of "The Captain and Tennille" who teamed with then-wife Toni Tennille on such easy listening hits as "Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Muskrat Love," died Wednesday at age 76.

Live music was alive and well in Winston-Salem in 2018, despite the sad loss of a downtown institution, The Garage, as 2017 closed out. The opening of The Ramkat couldn’t have come at a better time, and great shows carried on, from downtown’s abundant outdoor concert series to Monstercade’s …

The Fiddle and Bow Society will present Low Lily at 8 p.m. Jan. 4 at Muddy Creek Cafe and Music Hall, 5455 Bethania Road.

The Yadkin Arts Council and the Blue Ridge Music Center will present Dom Flemons and Big Ron Hunter at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5 at Willingham Theater, Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, 226 E. Main St., Yadkinville

The Oxford American magazine devotes one issue per year to the music of a Southern state, turning the spotlight on North Carolina for the Winter 2018 edition. An accompanying CD features songs from music legends such as Nina Simone and James Taylor, as well as newer artists such as Sylvan Es…