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Music critic and journalist David Menconi spent twenty-eight years as staff writer at the Raleigh News and Observer. His most recent book (with Ray Benson) is Comin' Right at Ya: How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country, or the Often Outrageous History of Asleep at the Wheel.


100 years of sound. From American Idol to Nina Simone, NC's rich musical legacy thrives. . . . Not every state can merit a hefty book about its music history, or fill an index with so many well-known names.--The News & Observer
An absorbing love letter to the artists, scenes, and sounds of North Carolina's contributions to America's popular music. . . . Thoroughly researched and endlessly enjoyable.--PopMatters
For anyone even remotely interested in American popular music. . . . David Menconi's sojourn through North Carolina's musical history is the indispensable book you didn't know you needed.--Mountain Times
When it comes to music, North Carolina's contribution hasn't been shabby. . . . A survey of this talent is long overdue, and now music critic David Menconi offers one in Step It Up and Go.--Wilmington Star-News
Captures the rich diversity of North Carolina's music through colorful stories, poignant photos, and humorous anecdotes. Menconi's a masterful storyteller and a delightful guide to the music of the Tar Heel state, and every chapter in the book deserves to be lingered over and treasured for its loving attention to the details of the lives and music dwelling in the state.--No Depression
Locates the soul of North Carolina music in its people's humble pragmatism. . . . Menconi's loving testament to our state's musical heritage is brisk and fun but will also be cited as a reference for years to come.--Brian Howe, IndyWeek
Menconi [has] a deep and widespread insight into how music and business intersect, and an encyclopedic knowledge of the North Carolina scene.--John Lawless, Bluegrass Today
Menconi [takes] a narrative approach, exploring a wide variety of music styles and packing his book with compelling stories.--Eddie Huffman, Greensboro News and Record

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