A look inside our November/December, 2012 Issue

BRD ND 2012 Cover

Online Exclusives:

  • Music of the Mountains
    View a roundup of YouTube videos highlighting some of the mountain musicians featured in this issue!
  • Foodie Final Four
    Vote for your favorite county from our Foodie Tour of the Blue Ridge Parkway series. You could win $250! The winning county will be featured in our Jan/Feb 2013 issue. The Final Four are: Rockbridge County, Patrick County, Yancey County and Buncombe County.
  • Fall Photo Contest Results
    You sent in your favorite fall photos, and we had the difficult task of selecting our favorites. Here is a look at even more of the top images we didn't have room to show you in the issue!

Photo Essay:

  • The Magic Crispness of Late Autumn
    Photographers Brett Bentley and Rob Travis present the later fall months in all their leaf-and-light glory.

Cover Features: The Music Issue!

  • The 12 Stars of Mountain Music
    No, we don’t go back to British Ballads, but instead back to the founders of the music we call Americana today. by Kurt Rheinheimer
  • The Music Festivals Not to Miss
    From the big, rangy events like FloydFest to the smaller pickin’ parties like Galax Old Fiddlers, the mountains are alive with great gatherings. by Joe Tennis
  • Doc Watson Remembered - Preview This Story Now!
    The revered picker and singer from Deep Gap, N.C. passed away earlier this year. by Jennifer McGaha
More Features:
  • Swell’ Recipes from Barbara
    Asheville’s Barbara Swell has been collecting and cooking her family’s recipes since age 10. by Kimberly Button
  • It’s the Season for Great Crafts Fairs
    All over the mountains, artists, artisans and crafts people are shining up their wares for holiday gift-buying. by Joe Tennis


  • Letters
    Remembering Steele Creek.
  • From the Editor: Dave Loggins: Americana Guy Before There was Americana
    The one-time Country Songwriter of the Year had a singer-songwriter beginning that seemed to somehow get sidetracked by the hit “Please Come to Boston.”. by Kurt Rheinheimer
  • From the Farm: Returns and Dividends
    Investing time and attention in what’s at hand yields riches not measured in dollars and cents. by Elizabeth Hunter
  • Mountain Report: Kentucky Looks to Alternative Power Sources
    Up to one-third of the state’s energy needs could be met with small-scale, renewable energy sources by 2025. by Cathryn McCue
  • The Hike: Walking Garrett State Forest.
    This Western Maryland spot offers a 7-mile loop through varied terrain. by Leonard Atkins
  • Creature Feature: Lonesome Dove
    The mourning species is the most common, widespread dove in the Blue Ridge. by Nancy Henderson
  • Guest Column: The Luck of Living in The Fertile Crescent of Mountain Music
    Kinney Rorrer is Professor Emeritus of History at Danville (Va.) Community College. He is a fourth-generation old-time musician who hosts “Back to the Blue Ridge” on WVTF-FM in Roanoke, Va., featuring bluegrass and old-time music. He has written numerous magazine articles and liner notes for CDs on the traditional music of the region. by Kinney Rorrer
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