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Read and enjoy Blue Ridge Country stories from nearly 21 years of award-winning publishing, including exclusive interviews with folks including Doc Watson, Sam Bush, Sally Mann, P. Buckley Moss and Del McCoury; readers' and editors' favorite articles over the years; an archive of editor's columns and our virtual bookshelf of regional reads.
  • Favorite Articles   ( 46 Articles )
    Melungeons, country music, sheep shearing, the Shenandoah Valley, Tom Dooley, Mary the elephant, Airstreams, "Dirty Dancing"... they're all among some of our editors' and readers' favorite articles over the years. Travel the Blue Ridge Parkway, southwest Virginia, upstate South Carolina - experience stories from the quirky to the inspiring. Looking for a story and can't remember when it was published? You'll find an index to our earlier articles here too.
  • Book Reviews   ( 26 Articles )
    Reviews of regional volumes of fiction and nonfiction by our staff, freelancers and interns. Looking for a good vacation read, a guide to your garden or some fascinating piece of regional history? Peruse our virtual bookshelf. Read a good regionally-connected book yourself? Send a (300-word-maximum) review to and we might publish it here.
  • Guest Columnists   ( 28 Articles )
    We close each issue of Blue Ridge Country with a guest column - a one-page piece reflecting on the region, from a writer, performer, politician, activist, photographer or other figure connected to the Applachian region. Over the years, contributors have included West Virginia Poet Laureate Irene McKinney; National Public Radio voices Noah Adams and Paul Brown; Grandfather Mountain guardian Hugh Morton; North Carolina painter Bob Timberlake; author and Rocket Boy Homer Hickam; Tennessee humorist Sam Venable; novelists Sharyn McCrumb, Adriana Trigiani, Robert Morgan, Ron Rash and Fred Chappell.
  • Editor's Columns   ( 6 Articles )
    An archive of columns by Blue Ridge Country Editor Cara Ellen Modisett. She's been on the staff of BRC since she interned with the magazine in 1998. In between issues, you can also follow her on Twitter, @brceditor, and at Blog of the Blue Ridge.

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