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“Step It Up and Go” — the Spotify playlist

StepYou can’t publish a book about music nowadays without at least one Spotify playlist to go with it. So after my folks at University of North Carolina Press told me I should put one together to accompany “Step It Up and Go: The Story of North Carolina Popular Music, from Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk,” I went through the book jotting down artists and songs.

That quickly got out of hand as the list swelled to more than 250 titles, which seemed like a bit much. So I whittled that down by around 80 percent, shooting for something more manageable that a normal non-obsessive person might actually listen to.

Thus we have the Spotify playlist Songs From “Step It Up & Go,” a comparatively modest 54 songs ranging from Charlie Poole to Corrosion of Conformity. The selections touch on all 16 chapters, plus the Prologue and Epilogue. James Taylor to Jodeci, The Drifters to Doc Watson, Let’s Active to Little Brother, Etta Baker to Ben Folds Five — those and more are all there. Check it out.

Down the road, I might do more detailed playlists that get a little more into the weeds of each chapter. But for now, I think this one is a nice overview.

https://open.spotify.com/embed/playlist/7MYqYqBUenZB1ZtC8WVy3A

 

 

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Coming in Rocktober: “Step It Up and Go”

StepHowdy, campers, it’s been a minute — during which time I left the News & Observer, parted ways with University of Texas Press, had a radio show start/stop and, oh yeah, WATCHED THE BOTTOM DROP OUT OF EVERYTHING, just like everyone else on earth. Whew!

But on a possibly more positive note, you’ll soon be seeing more of me in this space again, because my next book is nigh. It’s called “Step It Up and Go: The Story of North Carolina Popular Music, from Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk.”

If I may be so bold, it’s kind of my life’s work boiled down to a few hundred pages between covers. Depending on how you reckon things, writing it took either three years or the 28 years I was at the N&O.

So here’s the cover. It’s part of the UNC Press fall catalog; and yes, it’s available for pre-order at the link above ahead of the “official” Oct. 19 publication date. I’m told that, for a limited time, the discount code 01DAH40 is supposed to get you 40 percent off.

There may or may not be readings, bookstore events, festival appearances and such this fall. Alas, I’m afraid that’s mostly going to depend on the state of the world by then. But at least we’ve all become somewhat accustomed to virtual events in recent months. So if we have to make do with online rather than in-person events, we’ll manage.

I’ll be seeing you!

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