October 18, 2013
Stephenson Center to host musician Barton Carroll

While Thomas Wolfe achieved fame with his novel about Western North Carolina You Can’t Go Home Again, Lees-McRae College’s presentation of a native son returning to the mountains in triumph refutes the author’s claim. On October 28 from 7-9 p.m. in Evans Auditorium the Stephenson Center for Appalachia will host Barton Carroll, an Avery native who has lived for several years in Washington State, in a program of eclectic music. The event is free and open to the public.

Barton Carroll will entertain you with music from his recently released album, Avery County, I’m Bound to You. Carroll, who grew up in Banner Elk, attended Avery County High School, and graduated from Warren Wilson College, has maintained a loyal following in this area over the years.

Carroll’s album echoes mountain themes that have characterized Appalachian music for many generations, yet he renders the stories in a unique combination of folksy, bluesy ballads.  Trains, Beech Mountain, love and betrayal give his songs a local feel both through subject matter and the way these themes are handled, yet his distinctive voice sounds throughout.

“My musical memories always echo with Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley and other Old Time voices," says Carroll about his latest work. "But while working on the songs for Avery County, I’m Bound to You, I had records by Bad Religion and The Jam on the turntable and in my headphones. Bad Religion for directness, clarity and boldness of language, and The Jam for regional loyalty, passion and unashamed use of dialect. Those guys put the vocals up front and sing it like they mean business. It’s something I think they have in common with folk music.

The Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College invites the public to join the college community for this exciting program.

“We are fortunate to have Barton Carroll as part of our lecture series, and hope that everyone will take advantage of this opportunity to hear a unique brand of our traditional music,” says Dr. Michael Joslin, Director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College. “His ability to capture mountain heritage in his personal stories brings together the past and the present in a compelling way.  We are pleased to welcome our native son home.”

Stephenson Center for Appalachia programs are free and open to the public. Barton Carroll will present his music from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Monday, October 28, in Evans Auditorium.  For information contact Megan Hall at 828.898.8729. For more information on Barton Carroll, visit

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