Edward McKay Used Books & More Hosts Event Focused on Soul, Gospel, Folk And Blues Traditions

Panelists to Discuss Traditions in Independent Music at Third Annual Event in Downtown Raleigh

Raleigh, NC, September 02, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Edward McKay Used Books & More (http://www.edmckay.com), North Carolina’s leading independent retailer of books, movies, CDs, vinyl records, electronics, video games, audio books, textbooks and related items, has announced it will host a panel on “Atavistic Power: Soul, Gospel, Folk and Blues Traditions in Independent Music” on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. at the Raleigh City Museum at 220 Fayetteville St.

The event will include a musical performance by M.C. Taylor, a leader of the alternative-country music scene and vocalist of Hiss Golden Messenger, followed by a discussion among panelists and a question-and-answer session with the audience. Monitoring the panel will be Peter Blackstock, associate editor of the Independent Weekly and co-founder of No Depression, one of the nation’s leading magazines covering alternative music. Panelists will include Matthew E. White, musician and songwriter; M.C. Taylor; Skip Matheny, member of the indie rock band Roman Candle; Jon Mueller, musician, songwriter and actor; Samantha Crain, an American songwriter, musician and singer signed with Ramseur Records in Concord, N.C.; and David Fellerath, culture and sports editor for the Independent Weekly.

The panel is free and open to the public; however, admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information on the series and Hopscotch Music Festival, visit http://www.hopscotchmusicfest.com.

“We are honored to host a series highlighting the great traditions in soul, gospel, folk and blues music,” said Jennifer Keys, general manager of Edward McKay Used Books & More in Raleigh, N.C. “Each talented panelist member is incredibly unique and will bring a tremendous breadth of musical experience and expertise to the discussion.”

- Previous years’ participants in the Edward McKay Used Books & More Cultural Series have included musicians such as Chuck D of Public Enemy, Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips and Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers, as well as writers such as Christopher Weingarten, Mark Richardson and Mark Anthony Neal. They have explored topics from the place of hip-hop in politics and social struggles to the power of the well-written song.

About Edward McKay Used Books & More:
Started in 1974 by an ex-Army officer in Fayetteville, N.C., Edward McKay Used Books & More has grown to four stores across North Carolina in Raleigh, Greensboro, Fayetteville and Winston-Salem. The independent retailer is one of the largest suppliers in the state of used books, CDs, DVDs, videos, video games, vinyl records, textbooks, electronics and related items. Open seven days a week, the stores buy, sell and trade from individuals. For more information, visit http://www.edmckay.com.

About Hopscotch Music Festival:
Now in its third year, The Independent Weekly’s Hopscotch Music Festival brings 175 bands to 15 venues in downtown Raleigh. Intended to highlight the Triangle’s music scene by pairing exciting local talent with notable national and international artists, Hopscotch offers choices in just about every genre imaginable—rock, hip-hop, alt-country, metal, dance, punk, classical, noise, drone, folk and more. It is a festival that thrives on the variety and quality of its lineup, and with roughly 35 percent of the musicians hailing from Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and other nearby locales this year, it is a testament to both this region’s musical diversity and its national relevance. Featuring bands at night, day parties, the Edward McKay Used Books & More Cultural Series, charity activities, a poster exhibition, and more, Hopscotch takes place Sept. 6-8. For more information, visit http://www.hopscotchmusicfest.com.

Caitlin Russell
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