North Carolina has a rich musical heritage. There is definitely something for everybody. Symphonic music is heard in smaller towns as well as larger ones. Seven opera companies perform across the state. Composers, such as Robert Ward, create new compositions. Lovers of the blues can hear the music of Scott Ainslee, Etta Baker, and George Higgs. Bluegrass lovers can find a wealth of musicians playing across the state including bands like Molasses Creek and the Shady Grove Band.