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Josh Turner is a county music singer and songwriter with a rich, deep voice and distinctive style. He is a multiplatinum artist who writes and records music that is true to who he is, a remarkably kind and devoted man, and sticks to the sounds and purpose of traditional country music. The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will welcome Josh Turner on Friday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. A limited number of tickets are still available and start at $45 each.

Turner says he knew at a very early age that singing was what he was supposed to do and considers it his calling. He starting singing in church and developed a passion for country music as a teenager. He enrolled in college after high school but it wasn’t long before he decided to move to Nashville to pursue a music career. There, he enrolled in Belmont University and soon after graduation, made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry where he received two standing ovations.



The North Carolina Folklore Society will hold its 102nd annual conference on Friday, Oct. 9, and Saturday, Oct. 10, at Western Carolina University and the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

This year’s theme is “Native Voices: A View from the Mountains” and will feature a series of talks, demonstrations and exhibits on Cherokee culture, Southern Appalachian heritage and mountain traditions. The conference is open to the public, with most activities free of charge or covered by a $5 registration fee.

Both days feature a full program of activities and concurrent sessions. Opening day highlights include a reception, a regional book display and sale, and evening performances of live music by the Junior Appalachian Musicians and storytelling by Gary Carden of Sylva.


The historic Rickman Store will be filled with the sounds of bluegrass music this Saturday, Oct. 10, when local and visiting musicians will gather at 11:30 a.m. for a special annual celebration.

This is the third year that the Friends of the Rickman Store invite and honor all the musicians who have played at the store sharing freely their talents, their love for mountain music and their support of the local heritage.

The community is invited for a day of music and fellowship.


Jeanne Robertson is a remarkable woman, a dynamic humorist, and a professional speaker who motivates, inspires, and entertains audiences wherever she goes. She tells stories about her life that not only keeps everyone in stitches but also leaves them thinking about her message. She’s had a great impact on people from coast to coast, but North Carolina has always been home. Robertson will be speaking at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20 each.

At the age of 19, Robertson was named Miss North Carolina and was awarded the title Miss Congeniality in the Miss America competition that same year. She used her pageant experiences to foster her public speaking career, and the scholarship funds she received from these competitions to go to college. She earned a teaching degree and taught physical education for eight years.



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