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Western North Carolina is a region that is important to the development of lead guitar. Martin traces the region's musical antecedents to determine why this instrument emerged as an important one in bluegrass. The article contains the first ever biographical sketch of Stanley Brothers guitar player George Shuffler.
Bluegrass is an integral part of the music history of Western North Carolina. The music has changed very little over the decades, but that has not diminished its popularity. The music still carries the themes of the simple folk and the trials and tribulations they face, as well as harkening back to a time when life was much different. Stith discusses some of the older and the newer, emerging musicians.
Traditional music in North Carolina has been highlighted for excellence and authenticity for years. The history of traditional, old-time, and bluegrass music in Western North Carolina's mountains is detailed. Notable musicians, revolutionary playing styles and innovations, and the music’s origins in Africa, England, Ireland, and Scotland are noted.