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Oxford American celebrates North Carolina music with a statewide tour!


October 2, 2018—LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS—The Oxford American magazine’s celebration of its twentieth annual Southern Music issue, this year featuring North Carolina, will be held Monday, November 26 – Saturday, December 1, 2018. This weeklong celebration, co-presented by Hillsborough, North Carolina-based Yep Roc Records, and designed in partnership with North Carolina-native singer- songwriter Tift Merritt, will be comprised of music events featuring a Statewide Singing Circle and literary readings highlighting stories from the issue. “As a proud member of the Oxford American family, I was thrilled they turned their gaze to North Carolina for their music issue,” Merritt said. “Our musical family tree has as many branches as it does roots and I look forward to seeing how the Oxford Americanpaints us.”

The celebration will kick-off Monday, November 26 with a reception at the Governor’s Mansion followed by a concert at Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh and will conclude at Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café in Asheville on December 1, with events in Durham and Charlotte in between. The Statewide Singing Circle, led by Tift Merritt, will vary from city to city, but will feature a diverse group of beloved North Carolina musicians coming together in intimate collaborations to create a unique once-in-a-lifetime show. A few of the many special guests include ASM (Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man), Shirlette Ammons, Chatham County Line, David Childers, Chócala, Pat Mother Blues Cohen, Phil Cook, Alice Gerrard, Big Ron Hunter, Thomas Rhyant, Tyler Ramsey, Chris Stamey, and Shannon Whitworth among many others, as well as surprise guests to be revealed later. The reading events will also include literary luminaries Jill McCorkle, Wiley Cash, and Malinda Maynor Lowery and will be emceed by Oxford American deputy editor Maxwell George, a North Carolina native.

The live programs are made possible with the support of co-presenting sponsors North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and North Carolina Humanities Council. Additional major partners include North Carolina Arts Council, Visit North Carolina, ArtsGreensboro, Bob Nocek Presents, Maxx Music, Isis Music Hall, The Pinhook, Letters Bookshop, Free Range Brewing, and Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café.

All events are co-presented by Yep Roc Records in addition to the local presenting partners noted on each event. Tickets to all events will go on sale to the public Friday, October 5 at noon EST. Below, find a listing of the full suite of events and ticket details.

For more information, visit or call 501-374-0000. The lineup below is current as of October 2, 2018, and subject to change.