All genres of music can be found around the Carolinas. We’ve taken a look at our Folk, Bluegrass, Jazz and R&B traditions
in a previous blog. Here is the scoop on the Gospel, Rock and Indie Alternative sounds that have also filled the Carolina air.
Gospel and Contemporary
Mt. Airy, NC native Andy Griffith graduated with a music degree from UNC at Chapel Hill. In 1996, he released I Love to Tell the Story – 25 Timeless Hymns, winning a Grammy for best Southern ,Country, or Bluegrass Gospel album.
Urban Gospel great Donald Lawrence was born in Gastonia and was host of How Sweet the Sound; The Search for the Best Church Choir in America tour from 2008-2013. He is based in Charlotte.
2011 Grammy winners in the Contemporary Christian category, producer/songwriter Ed Cash grew up in Charlotte, and singer/songwriter Laura Story hails from Spartanburg.
Rocking and Rolling
One of the major Southern rock bands of the ’70s, the Marshall Tucker Band was formed in Spartanburg, SC. They are best known the Top 15 single “Heard It in a Love Song” in 1977.
Edwin McCain, from Greenville, SC found a wide audience with his radio Top 40 hits, “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask for More” in 1997 and 1999.
Indie and Alternative
The Avett Brothers grew up and got their start in Concord, NC, going on to perform at the 53rd Grammy Awards.
Alternative music trailblazers Ben Folds Five was formed in 1993 in Chapel Hill by Ben Folds. Folds has since found success as a solo artist/producer and judge for the TV show Sing Off.
Other contemporary Carolina Indie bands of note include Carolina Chocolate Drops, Southern Culture on the Skids and Squirrel Nut Zippers.
Can you hear it? It seems no matter your musical taste, you’ll find a little bit of everything from everywhere in the Carolinas.
In case you missed it, check out Listen to the Music: Part 1!
By: Susan Larkin (Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations)