David Menconi and Scott Avett present Step It Up and Go The Story of North Carolina Popular Music

Hosted by Park Road Books

We want to gather (virtually, of course) to celebrate David Menconi and his new book that chronicles North Carolina's music. He will be conversing with and local musician and Grammy-nominated, Scott Avett, of The Avett Brothers. We will be showing this conversation through Zoom at 7PM on October 20th, 2020. If you would like to order the book please click on the cover to order online or if you could prefer you may call the store at 704-525-9239.

This book is a love letter to the artists, scenes, and sounds defining North Carolina’s extraordinary contributions to American popular music. David Menconi spent three decades immersed in the state’s music, where traditions run deep but the energy expands in countless directions. Menconi shows how working-class roots and rebellion tie North Carolina’s Piedmont blues, jazz, and bluegrass to beach music, rock, hip-hop, and more. From mill towns and mountain coves to college-town clubs and the stage of American Idol, Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk, Step It Up and Go celebrates homegrown music just as essential to the state as barbecue and basketball.

Spanning a century of history from the dawn of recorded music to the present, and with sidebars and photos that help reveal the many-splendored glory of North Carolina’s sonic landscape, this is a must-read for every music lover.

Author Bio:
Music critic and journalist David Menconi spent twenty-eight years as staff writer at the Raleigh News and Observer. His most recent book (with Ray Benson) is Comin’ Right at Ya: How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country, or the Often Outrageous History of Asleep at the Wheel.

Host Bio:
Scott Avett is an acclaimed singer/songwriter, painter and co-leader of The Avett Brothers, the Grammy-nominated rock band from Concord, North Carolina.