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Jim Knight
Got to Be NC Festival

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Siler City band wins Got to Be NC Bluegrass Competition

RALEIGH – Nu-Blu of Siler City won first place, $500, studio recording time and two future concert gigs during today’s bluegrass competition at the Got to Be NC Festival. The band will open for the Steep Canyon Rangers on Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Sam Rand Grandstand, and will perform at the Bass Mountain Labor Day festival.

Formed in 2003, Nu-Blu consists of Levi Austin on banjo, Kendall Gales on mandolin, Carolyn Routh on bass and Daniel Routh on guitar. Band members strive to mix original material, traditional bluegrass tunes and a variety of musical genres to create a unique sound.

Second place was a tie between Carolina Junction of Holly Springs and Blue Horizon of Candor.

Bands were judged on appearance, presentation and technical ability, entertainment value, professionalism, vocal ability and instrument.

The bluegrass competition took place during the first-ever Got to Be NC Festival at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. For more information, visit



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