Historical Highway Marker

The Traditional Voices Group of Burnsville with help from the North Carolina Arts Council has secured approval for a prestigious historical highway marker to be placed just west of Burnsville on Highway 19. The marker will commemorate the contributions native son Lesley Riddle made to the music of the Carter Family, to Maybelle Carter’s guitar style and the development of early country music.

TVG chairman Larry Howell along with his fellow musician Ron Powell appeared before the North Carolina Historical Highway Marker Advisory Board in Raleigh on December 16. Chris Beachum with the NC Arts Council did much of the ten minute presentation with Larry and Ron performing two of Lesley’s songs.

Pictured: Ron Powell (left), Larry Howell (right) and Chris Beacham (center) with the NC Arts Council at the Mountain Heritage Center Lesley Riddle Recording Studio.