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Rutledge: Mountains and music ‘keep calling me home’

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We didn’t move back to East Tennessee just for the music, but it might have been a deal breaker without guitars, fiddles and mandolins in the mix.

Plenty of those instruments and their distinctively Appalachian sounds are present in eastern North Carolina, but the heartland of their traditional music centers in the mountains of East Tennessee.

Growing up in the foothills can make mountains hard to see. Trips home during our life in the coastal plain often reminded me of a man I met during college while working at the Johnson City Medical Center.

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Bless your heart
Bless your heart