Mill Spring, NC (December 1, 2021) – Earl Scruggs Music Festival is proud to announce its first round of artists for its inaugural event, taking place September 2-4, 2022 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North… [Read More]


    November 18, 2021 – 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Looking for local gift ideas? Here’s a list of our staff’s top 10 favorites available in our gift shop! 1. Mary Beth Martin – Step It Up & Go by David Menconi I highly recommend Step It Up and Go – The Story of North Carolina Popular… [Read More]


    November 17, 2021 – Earl Scruggs Center Announces: New Special Exhibition

The Earl Scruggs Center announces a new special exhibition, A Symphony for the Road: An Avett Brothers Retrospective Featuring the Photography of Daniel Coston, opening February 8, 2022 and running through August 6, 2022. A Symphony… [Read More]



Getting On Travel       November 12, 2021 – A Perfect Long Weekend In Shelby, North Carolina

It’s easy to spend a perfect long weekend in Shelby, North Carolina, a stop on the North Carolina Blue Ridge Music Trail. This city and surrounding Cleveland County proclaim their musical heritage with the slogan: Carolina’s Land of… [Read More]


Home | The Southern Edge Magazine    September 23, 2021 – DISCOVER THE HIDDEN MELODIES OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

A trip up to the mountains is never complete without a stop in Asheville. This city pays homage to its mountain roots with live music and cultural celebrations. Pop into Isis Music Hall in west Asheville to enjoy one of their weekly shows… [Read More]


Northern Virginia Magazine | News, Restaurants, Best of NoVA    September 8, 2021 – Find Your Rhythm Here

Located in the rolling foothills of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, nestled between Asheville and Charlotte, Cleveland County, North Carolina is a place that welcomes visitors from around the world. A rich and varied past has made way… [Read More]


    September 2, 2021 – Earl Scruggs Center Announces: New Special Exhibition

The Earl Scruggs Center announces a new special exhibition, Everyman Jack: Stories & Illustrations by Gail E. Haley, opening September 10, 2021 and running through December 23, 2021. This exhibition displays…[Read More]


    August 27, 2021 – The Biggest Week in Bluegrass

IBMA World of Bluegrass comes to Raleigh, September 28 – October 2 Last year, we participated in the International Bluegrass Music Association’s virtual World of Bluegrass event, but this year, we couldn’t be more excited to attend… [Read More]


    July 26, 2021 – A Locally Crafted Travel Guide to Cleveland County

When Red and Lyttle Bridges started smoking pork in Cleveland County in 1946, they didn’t dream of winning awards — they just wanted to make great food. But Dedmond’s Barbecue — renamed Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge in 1949… [Read More]


    April 23, 2021 – Volunteer Appreciation Day 2021

“Volunteer” defined. (a) An individual who performs hours of service for a public agency for civic, charitable, or humanitarian reasons, without promise, expectation or receipt of compensation for services rendered, is considered to be… [Read More]


     March 24, 2021 – Your Guide to a Day Trip to the Earl Scruggs Center

Spring is here in Shelby, NC, and with that comes delightful weather and the urge to take daytrips or explore your own community. We hope that means you are planning a visit to the Earl Scruggs Center, where you can learn more about the… [Read More]


     March 18, 2021 – Justin Harper to lead ‘Musical Explorations’ at ESC

Classes are now underway for a new music series offered by the Earl Scruggs Center (ESC) in Shelby. But the classes aren’t new at all — they are the continuation of a series, titled “Musical Explorations,” that provides children with music… [Read More]


       March 10, 2021 – HISTORIC SHELBY WALKING TOUR

This self-guided walking tour in Shelby highlights historic structures dating back to the 1850s which include Webbley, a national historic landmark and house of O. Max Gardner; a 1907 Classic Revival courthouse… [Read More]


       February 17, 2021 – Celebrating the life of Louise Scruggs (1927 – 2006)

Anne “Louise” Certain Scruggs was a woman ahead of her time. When she began managing Flatt & Scruggs in 1955, the role of a professional manager was a new concept. As a woman in a high-powered business… [Read More]


      February 8, 2021 – Special Exhibition: African American Builders & Architects Opening

African American Builders & Architects opened to our members on February 8, 2021. Check out these pictures from the opening day celebration… [Read More]


     January 15, 2021 – 2021 Official Charlotte City Guide

Just 45 minutes from Uptown Charlotte, discover the quintessential heart of Carolina culture in the rolling hills of Cleveland County, connecting the Piedmon to the mountains. From groundbreaking bluegrass to world-class barbecue… [Read More]



     January 6, 2021 – Happy Birthday Earl Scruggs

On this day in 1924, Earl Scruggs was born in the Flint Hill community of Cleveland County, NC. In this community, he learned a love for music and perfected “Scruggs Style,” a distinctive three-finger style of playing the banjo… [Read More]