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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

The Hometown Opry

Posted November 15, 2007 11:45 a.m. EST
Updated November 19, 2007 9:06 a.m. EST

Doc Watson has played there. So has Ricky Skaggs and many others. If you're into bluegrass music I would suggest a trip to North Wilkesboro some Friday morning to Minton Pawn & Music Company downtown.

Every Friday morning at 7:00 A.M. pickers and grinners gather for a two hour back porch bluegrass session. It's free and tons of fun. Just ask WRAL Multimedia Producer Nathan Clendenin who put together a cool black and white photo show of a "full throttle" Hometown Opry. This is the latest addition to WRAL's ongoing "Tar Heel Treasures" series.

Local radio station WKBC broadcasts live on location in what many are now calling "Little Nashville." Wilkes County has a rich reputation for its colorful characters and talented musicians. As Tut Taylor, the legendary dobro player, put it: "You'll find a picker here behind every tree."

Check out Nathan's slide show and let me know what you think.

Also, where do local musicians gather in your community to play in similar fashion? Let us know and maybe we can come for a visit soon.