African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina

By Sarah Bryan, Beverly Patterson, Michelle Lanier

Photographs by Titus Brooks Heagins and Cedric N. Chatterley
Includes a CD with 17 music tracks

Approx. 240 pp., , 100 color plates., 20 halftones, 6 maps, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-1079-5
    Published: December 2013
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-4336-4
    Published: December 2013
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-1279-9
    Published: December 2013

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Distributed for the North Carolina Arts Council

Thelonius Monk, Billy Taylor, and Maceo Parker--famous jazz artists who have shared the unique sounds of North Carolina with the world--are but a few of the dynamic African American artists from eastern North Carolina featured in The African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina. This first-of-its-kind travel guide will take you on a fascinating journey to music venues, events, and museums that illuminate the lives of the musicians and reveal the deep ties between music and community. Interviews with more than 90 artists open doors to a world of music, especially jazz, rhythm and blues, funk, gospel and church music, blues, rap, marching band music, and beach music. New and historical photographs enliven the narrative, and maps and travel information help you plan your trip. Included is a CD with 17 recordings performed by some of the region's outstanding artists.

About the Authors

Folklorist Sarah Bryan is editor of the Old-Time Herald, a magazine highlighting string band music.
For more information about Sarah Bryan, visit the Author Page.

Beverly Patterson is author of Sound of the Dove: Singing in Appalachian Primitive Baptist Churches.
For more information about Beverly Patterson, visit the Author Page.

Michelle Lanier directs the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission and African American Heritage Development & Cultural Tourism programs at the North Carolina Arts Council.
For more information about Michelle Lanier, visit the Author Page.


"Seeks to connect the music with the land and people."--Durham Herald-Sun