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Eric Church’s Duluth concert leaves an impression.

Western North Carolina native and Appalachian State University graduate Eric Church continues to change the face of American country music.

His rebel-without-a-cause attitude and fearless ambition to go against the grain continues to barrel his music to the top of music charts. While some artists are only as entertaining as the songs that they have written for them, Eric Church owns each word and each verse of his music.


Dec. 13 at WCU’s Heritage Center

The Liars Bench presents “A Foxfire Christmas with Randy Flack” at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center auditorium Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. Member stars Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Paul Iarussi and Barbara Duncan and guest star Randy Flack perform Southern Appalachian stories, music and song on one stage. Free admission.

Flack, born in WNC and raised in Swain County, is a Nashville recording artist and has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and the Blue Bird Cafe. He learned to play guitar and sing at an early age and has traveled all over the United States performing his own songs and delighting audiences. “I love to play and perform, especially for folks here in the mountains, my home.”


Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin has a full slate of Christmas events for the month of December.

First up is The Overlook Theatre Company who will present “Christmas Memories: Postcards from the USO” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets are $13 each.

Under the direction of Artistic Director Scotty Corbin, a lively cast of talented actors, singers, and musicians will take a trip back to a celebrate Christmas, World War II style.


Holiday ARTSaturday was held on Saturday Dec. 1, in the old Cowee Elementary School gym.

The Arts Council provided materials for make-and-take craft projects along with caroling to music by keyboardist Lionel Caynon and refreshments.

The event was sponsored by the Joe Suminski Family to honor their grandmothers, Anne Gallup and Colleen Suminski.


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