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  • Nov 21, 1789
    North Carolina is the 12th state added to the union. The Tar Heel State is the birthplace for Charlie Daniels, Luke Combs, Billy "Crash" Craddock, Earl Scruggs, Randy Travis, Eric Church, Chase Rice and Scotty McCreery
    May 1, 1868
    Thomas Dula is hanged for the murder of Laura Foster in Wilkes County, North Carolina. The event inspires The Kingston Trio's 1958 folk hit "Tom Dooley," which wins the first Grammy award for Best Country & Western Performance
    Mar 21, 1882
    Bascom Lunsford is born in Mars Hill, North Carolina. A folk music collector and promoter, he also co-writes the country classic "Mountain Dew"
    Nov 11, 1888
    Blind fiddler Gilliam Banmon "G.B." Grayson is born in Ashe County, North Carolina. His 1927 recording "Ommie Wise" appears on the Smithsonian Institute's "Anthology Of American Folk Music" and is named in a Country Music Foundation book among country's 500 greatest singles
    Mar 22, 1892
    Charlie Poole is born in Randolph County, North Carolina. The vocalist and banjo player leads The North Carolina Ramblers, who have a successful five-year recording tenure, beginning with Columbia Records in the 1920s
    Jul 20, 1898
    Fiddler Joseph Emmett Mainer is born in Buncombe County, North Carolina. Better known as J.E. Mainer, his Mountaineers are recognized among the leading string bands of the 1930s
    Oct 3, 1900
    Southern novelist Thomas Wolfe is born in Asheville, North Carolina. Best known for his book "You Can't Go Home Again," he's namechecked 80 years later in Don Williams' "Good Ole Boys Like Me"
    Mar 1, 1901
    Old-time fiddler Tommy Jarrell is born in Surry County, North Carolina. A future member of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, he earns a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts
    Jul 23, 1901
    Banjo player Coble "Dock" Walsh is born in Wilkes County, North Carolina. As a member of The Carolina Tar Heels, he plays on two songs--"Peg And Awl" and "Got The Farm Land Blues"--on the Smithsonian's "Anthology Of American Folk Music"
    Jan 10, 1905
    Guitarist, whistler and harmonica player Garley Foster is born in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He joins The Carolina Tar Heels, appearing with the stringband on a pair of songs on the Smithsonian's "Anthology Of American Folk Music"

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