May 2021: The Blue Ridge Music Issue

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On the Cover: Illustration by Kevin Howdeshell,


Biking the Beer Trail: Singletrack and suds in western North Carolina.

The Studio
Nevada Tribble reinvents the wheel by incorporating biking into her art. 

The local North Carolina landscape provides comfort during a milestone celebration.

The Goods
Spin your wheels with our favorite spring biking gear.

The Out and Back
RAD memories and rekindling the potential of youth.

A good deed for the planet spirals into existential anxiety. 

Trail Mix
New tunes from Amy Helm and the Steel Woods; plus a collaboration between John Hiatt and the Jerry Douglas Band.  


Live Music Returns Outdoors
The pandemic decimated the live music industry. Now, at pod shows, drive-ins, and small festivals, performers are making a return to outdoor stages in the South. 

Blue Ridge Musicians Persevere 
Learn how artists made it work in a year of lost live performance.

Pitch a Tent Ride
Bike-friendly camping destinations in the Blue Ridge.

Reviving the Piedmont Blues
The new movement to bring back an old regional art form. 

How to Save the Okefenokee Swamp
The South’s wildest spot is now one of the most endangered.

Picker’s Choice
Texas guitar great Redd Volkaert finds a new home and music community in the Virginia mountains. 

Special Sections

Camping the Southeast
Whether you prefer a coastal adventure or a mountainous getaway, check out our roundup of the best camping options in the region. 

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