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for Independent Weekly Vol. 24 Issue 7, February 2007
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Raleigh’s Old Hat Records works to preserve and restore the music of North Carolina from the first half of the 20th century. The label is currently working on projects which will feature musical artists from across North Carolina from the pre-war era, hillbilly blues and cotton mill songs from Gaston County and string bands that played on NC radio in the 19030s. The label was nominated for two Grammy Awards this year and the label’s founder Marshall Wyatt is interviewed and he describes how he documents the history of music from North Carolina.
The Dorothea Dix mental health hospital in Raleigh is closing. There is an increasing nationwide trend of state hospitals for the mentally ill closing due to a lack of funding. These hospitals are often turned into expensive condos while the former patients of the hospitals find themselves in jails after losing their mental health care facilities and funding. People who are mentally ill and Dorothea Dix’s legacy deserve better and states should do more to help them.