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Avett Brothers, Pickler, Giddens to join N.C. Hall of Fame

Thursday, March 3, 2016 – The Avett Brothers and Kellie Pickler are among the artists who will join the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame this year, it was announce today.

Rhiannon Giddens and the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the string band from North Carolina, also will join the club. Giddens launched a solo career last year.

David Holt, a Grammy winning musician from Asheville, N.C., likewise will be inducted.

Non country and roots acts to be induced include Band of Oz, a pioneer Beach music band from Raleigh, the late Chuck Brown, funk guitarist known as the "Godfather of Go-go," from Gaston; the late Percy Heath, jazz musician/bassist and a member of the Modern Jazz Quartet, born in Wilmington; and Ron Tyson, longtime member of The Temptations, from Monroe.

The Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20 in Kannapolis, N.C.

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