Smoky Mountain Music

Here in western North Carolina, our pioneering Smoky Mountain music forefathers crafted musical instruments that resembled the ones left behind in the old country. The music and ballads of their European homeland were handed down and modified over the years into the fiddle- and banjo-driven Smoky Mountain music that is still a staple at most festivals and mountain gatherings. You can also experience a wholly different breed of Smoky Mountain music with the Cherokee Tribe. Large scale and dramatic performances by the Cherokee regularly revive the wholly unique traditions of song and dance that they’ve preserved for thousands of years.


Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts opened in the summer of 2009 with a sold-out performance by The Oak Ridge Boys and has been off and running ever since.  This state-of-the-art theater is 40,000 square feet and seats 1,500 in orchestra and balcony seating.  The stunning architecture, technical facilities, and impeccable acoustics has and will continue to attract many top-notch performers as well as thousands of devoted patrons of the arts.

To learn more about Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts visit or call 828-524-1598.


Balsam Mountain Inn’s Songwriters-in-the-Round Series

The Balsam Mountain Inn’s Songwriters-in-the-Round series, begun in 1996, brings some of the nation’s best lyricists and musicians to the inn for monthly performances in the Grand Dining Room.

Songwriters are usually fine performers in their own rights, but in many cases their calling cards are their specific songwriting talents; these are the people who write the lyrics that many well-known country and americana musicians make famous. And, in exchange for a weekend at Balsam and considerations, some of Nashville’s best began making the trip east.
On Saturday they’d sit in a small circle in the dining room with the audience all around, and they’d swap tales and sing songs. Grammy winners are numerous at Balsam, and Songwriters-in-the-Round performances are authentic and extraordinary.

Now, 16 years later, the series is as popular as ever. We hope you’ll join us soon!Call for more information and tickets: 800.224.9498.

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Smoky Mountain Blueways

NEW! Digital Magazine

This issue of the Smoky Mountains Digital Magazine includes:

  • Must Do
  • Getaway to the Mountains
  • Insider Tips
  • Turn Off Your Stress at Oconaluftee Village
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