The North Carolina Mountains Feature


Trip Tunes

Bluegrass. Appalachian folk. Mountain music. Whatever you call them, the songs of the North Carolina Mountains make a great sound track for a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway or other trips around the region. Stock your iPod with these tunes, throw in a few of your own favorites, and enjoy the ride.

"Ballad of Thunder Road" by Robert Mitchum (The 1958 movie was filmed in and around Asheville and has become a cult favorite in the region.)

"Blue Ridge Cabin Home" by Flatt and Scruggs

"Blue Ridge Mountain Sky" by Marshall Tucker Band

"Blue Ridge Mountains" by Fleet Foxes

"Carolina in My Mind" by James Taylor

"Country Roads" by John Denver

"Cripple Creek" by Doc Watson

"East Asheville Hardware" by David Wilcox (named for a local shop that, sadly, has closed)

"My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains" by the Carter Family

Third Piano Concerto, the "Asheville Concerto," by Béla Bartók (written while Bartókwas in Asheville)

"Tom Dooley" by the Kingston Trio (based on a folk song about the murder of a woman in Wilkes County in 1866)

"Mountains Win Again" with Asheville native Warren Haynes, recorded in 2010 at his annual Benefit Jam in Asheville

"To the Pines, to the Pines" sung by Bascom Lamar Lunsford (Lunsford, called "the Minstrel of the Mountains," collected and saved many Appalachian folk songs.)

"Whistling Asheville Blues" by David Holt

Updated: 09-2013

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