PineCone: North Carolina’s Rich Musical Tradition

Cary, NC – North Carolina, and specifically the Piedmont, has a rich tradition in, well, traditional music.

Upon my arrival in the Piedmont some 17 years ago, I stumbled across The PineCone Blue Grass Show on 94.7 FM, which I listen to pretty religiously. Come by pretty much any Sunday before dinner and it’s coming from my garage, especially when I’m smoking ribs or fish in the driveway. Neighbors make fun, but the homeowner’s association hasn’t stopped by yet. Read more

Black History Month: Billy Strayhorn of Hillsborough, NC

Story and photos of Hillsborough by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – I’ve been pondering what to write for Black History Month. Yesterday, on a trip to nearby Hillsborough, I discovered a small hole in the fabric of black history. It concerned Billy Strayhorn, composer and arranger for jazz great Duke Ellington. Read more

Video: Cary Plumbing Radio Jingle

Cary, NC – This is the second installment in our series on radio jingles created by Cary Players for the production of “Yes, Virginia.”“Jingles,” of course, are short, catchy songs written specially for advertisers to promote their products or services.

This second clip is for Cary Plumbing. You can also find it on YouTube.

Credits

Cary Plumbing Jingle

Lyrics: Debra Grannan
Music: Debra Grannan & Craig Johnson

Singers: Jordan Blais, Mathew Harvey, Joanna Herath, Jeri McKee, Bonnie Roe, Megan Woronka

Cary Players production of “Yes, Virginia”

Director: Debra Grannan
Producer: Phil Lowden
Music Director: Craig Johnson
Costumes: LeGrand Smith

Video

Producer/Director: Hal Goodtree

Video: Nowells Radio Jingle by Cary Players

Cary, NC – The production of “Yes, Virginia,” a radio play by Cary Players set in the 1940’s, included several original radio jingles for local businesses. “Jingles,” of course, are short, catchy songs written specially for advertisers to promote their products or services. Read more

Pictures: Cary Band Day 2010

Story and pictures by Hal Goodtree

Cary, NC – The sun was shining and the excitement was high on Saturday for the 52nd Annual Cary Band Day. Read more

Garrison Keillor Likes Ashworths

L-->R Keillor, Watkins, Show Band Pianist Rich Dworsky, Linda and Robin Williams.

Story by Hal Goodtree. Photos by Joshua Steadman.

Cary, NC – Guy Noir needed a raincoat Saturday night as Garrison Keillor brought A Prairie Home Companion to Booth Amphitheatre.

The sky drizzled all evening with umbrellas periodically opening and closing across the great lawn like a field full of moths. But the weather couldn’t dampen the fun for the packed house, there to hear Keillor’s witty and nostalgic show. Read more