Must Be the Music

In Buzz, May 2021 by Lauren Kruchten1 Comment

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If music is the soundtrack of life, NC is the stage. Home to a plethora of famous singers, songwriters, band members and other music groups, NC is also a popular tour stop, and many renowned musicians have graced stages across the Old North State—from the Triangle to Greensboro, Charlotte and beyond. Here, we challenge you to feel the music and test your knowledge on NC’s tuneful scene—from local venues to rising stars. It shouldn’t be too much treble. See answers below.

  1. Famed country music star Scotty McCreery—born and raised in Garner—won which popular music competition show in 2011 at the age of 17?
    1. America’s Got Talent
    2. The Masked Singer
    3. American Idol
    4. The Voice
  1. This Raleigh chef and band member also co-owns Downtown Raleigh live music venue Kings.
    1. Cheetie Kumar
    2. Kim Hammer
    3. Eric Montagne
    4. Angela Salamanca
  1. This Fayetteville-born Grammy-nominated rapper, singer, songwriter and producer held the popular Dreamville music and arts fest in 2019 at Dorothea Dix Park showcasing a number of renowned artists such as Big Sean, SZA, Nelly, to name a few.
    1. Snoop Dogg
    2. J. Cole
    3. Kendrick Lamar
    4. Drake
  1. The Avett Brothers—you know, the nationally recognized American folk rock band made up of NC-raised brothers Scott and Seth Avett (born in Cheyenne, Wyoming; and Charlotte, respectively; and reared in Concord, NC)—have held concerts at which of the following local music venues?
    1. Lincoln Theatre
    2. Cat’s Cradle
    3. The Ritz
    4. All of the above
  1. Lincoln Theatre originally served as a movie theatre catering primarily to the African-American community. What year did it open its doors?
    1. 1838
    2. 1945
    3. 1951
    4. 1960
  1. North Carolina singer, actor, author, activist and politician Clay Aiken is from which NC  town?
    1. Raleigh
    2. Wilmington
    3. Clayton
    4. Durham
  1. Before evolving into the popular concert locale that it is now, The Ritz was what kind of venue?
    1. Jazz hall
    2. Techno club
    3. Disco club
    4. Opera house
  1. Randy Jones, a disco and pop singer from Raleigh (best known as the cowboy from Village People), attended what North Carolina university?
    1. East Carolina University
    2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    3. NC State University
    4. University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  1. How many rotating draft beer selections does popular record shop/live music venue The Pour House Music Hall (which bowed in 1997) now have for concertgoers to sip on?
    1. 10
    2. 20
    3. 30
    4. 40
  1. What Old Crow Medicine Show song’s final version, including lyrics “and if I died in Raleigh, at least I will die free,” is an anthem at NC State tailgates(!)? History bonus: The song was originally co-written by Bob Dylan and Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor in 1973, before the latter added verses 25 years later and the final version earned certified Platinum status in 2013. Hint: The fan fave has also been covered by country music singer Darius Rucker.
    1. “Beers And Sunshine”
    2. “Wagon Wheel”
    3. “Every Grain of Sand”
    4. “Like a Rolling Stone”

Answers: 1. C; 2. A; 3. B; 4. D; 5. B; 6. A; 7. C; 8. D; 9. C; 10. B

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  1. Your “Must Be The Music” quiz was fun and informative. It contains at least one error, though. Question #10 states that the song “Wagon Wheel” was “originally co-written by Bob Dylan and Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor in 1973, before the latter added verses 25 years later…”. To be accurate and according to confirmed sources, Dylan recorded the melody and chorus in February 1973 when Secor was only 4 years old, so it’s incorrect to say the song was “originally co-written” in 1973. Secor did reportedly write verses 25 years later to Dylan’s original recording and, presumably, refined the song in subsequent performances over the years. According to the U.S. Copyright Office website, the song was formally created in 2003 and first published in 2004 with “words & music” by Secor and Dylan. Here’s the link to the Copyright office website to verify:,20&Search%5FArg=Secor%20Ketch&Search%5FCode=NALL&CNT=25&PID=RrQ_MGzwm6t28WWOTAx4PCOyQidMH&SEQ=20210507104243&SID=3

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