Thirty years ago, singer, guitarist and songwriter Jeffrey Dean Foster co-founded The Right Profile. The Winston-Salem-based quartet played high-energy, rootsy rock and roll, and it quickly became one of the best indie bands in our state. Jeffrey’s been releasing amazing songs ever since he and his band were first signed to Arista Records in the mid-80s. He’s received the North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship for Songwriting and Jeffrey Dean Foster and the Birds of Prey are about to release a new album The Arrow, which they’ll share during a Triad concert on New Year’s Eve.
Bibi Coyne set out on an entrepreneurial adventure when she applied for Winston-Salem’s small business competition, earlier this year. When Coyne and her family moved back to Winston-Salem, North Carolina two years ago, the graphic designer and marketing consultant was surprised by the lack of local art stores. As the “city of arts and innovation” with a thriving arts district and numerous academic art programs, Coyne saw an opportunity to address a need. Her concept for a mobile arts supply store in the Triad won the small business competition, and as a result – her business S2dio Supplies has taken off. Her idea has taken off – on wheels in fact. Bibi recently purchased a bus to house her business – a goal she’s had since applying for the competition. She’ll fill it with art supplies to travel around the city serving selling and delivering to local artists. Bibi spoke to me about the nuance and inspiration of an artist’s tools.
Since his recent death, there’s been a lot of media attention surrounding groundbreaking singer, guitarist, and principal songwriter for the Velvet Underground Lou Reed. His widow is performance artist Laurie Anderson. The two began dating in 1992, were married in 2008, and remained together until Reed’s passing on October 27th. Laurie Anderson has chosen the roads less traveled for more than four decades. Her groundbreaking original works seamlessly blend the worlds of art, theatre, storytelling and experimental music.
New Year’s Eve, the Greensboro Symphony Pops presents a truly unique, feel good way to ring in 2014. The symphony along with Grammy award-winning arranger, composer and conductor Lee Holdridge will celebrate what would have been John Denver’s 70th birthday with the return of tribute artist Jim Curry. Jim has performed Denver’s songs in sold out shows all across the country, and he’s quickly become today’s top interpreter of Denver’s enormous legacy of multi-platinum hits. In addition to his long list of concert works performed and recorded by major orchestras and opera orchestras, award-winning T.V., and film hits, Lee Holdridge has worked with a veritable Who’s Who list of major recording artists including Barabara Streisand, Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, and John Denver.
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The December issue of Our State Magazine is out. This month’s cover features a Mason jar snow bottle decked out with a little cardinal in a Frazier Fir tree. Inside you’ll find beautiful hand-made Christmas gifts at the John C. Campbell Folk School, the best Country Ham for Christmas breakfast, fantastic holiday stories by award-winning NC authors, and as always incredible photographs that bring the stories to life. New to this December’s issue are a group of 16 people of faith who share their powerful reflections on Our State. The feature is called A Prayer for North Carolina. Editor in Chief Elizabeth Hudson told David Ford about it.