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Year in Music 2007

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Inside our 2007 Year in Music issue, you'll find three essays loosely exploring a common theme: music as a familial and social transmitter, and how music keeps surviving and moving. Rick Cornell's "Old roots, new branches" examines roots artists in North Carolina and why new traditionalists such as the bands on our cover, Carolina Chocolate Drops and Chatham County Line, appeal to so many people; Grayson Currin's "Big bills" explores the state of local music venues and their troubled survival as conduits of culture; and Chris Toenes' "Fathers and father and son" illustrates how Backwards Sam Firk—the North Carolina blues musician and archivist who died in October—used his passion to raise an electronic musician, local producer $tinkworx. Our coverage concludes with a look at significant events within the Triangle's music community in the last year and a list of every album released locally in 2007.

Plus the top 35 songs of the year in the Triangle!

MIXTAPE: The Triangle's best 35 songs of 2007
BIG BILLS: Can mid-size rock clubs survive?
OLD ROOTS, NEW BRANCHES: Roots music continues...
FATHERS AND FATHER AND SON: Backwards Sam Firk and $tinkworx ...
HEAVENLY STAIRWELL: Regina Hexaphone's Sara Bell...
SLOW ROAST: Bruce Emery & David McKnight
SOUNDED STORIES: Headlines that shaped...
TRACK LIST: The Triangle's complete 07 discography...

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