If you listen closely, you just might hear the strains of roots music as you enter Cleveland County, nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Music fuels the underlying rhythm of this community, and has for a long time. On any given night, you can hear buskers on the sidewalks of Uptown Shelby or live music in one of many local spots around the county. Explore rich musical history and local stories at the Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories of the American South, which celebrates the life and legacy of native son and banjo legend Earl Scruggs. The Don Gibson Theatre, named for the county singer/songwriter and native son, opened in 2009 to host stars including Whitney Houston, Ricky Skaggs, and The Wood Brothers in a 1930s movie house reborn as a top-notch concert hall.
Ideally situated between Asheville, Charlotte, and Greenville, this area draws visitors from around the region and around the world. With award-winning attractions and nationally-recognized events, those seeking an authentic and memorable experience can find it here. Live music, eclectic shopping, local food & spirits, and gifted artisans enrich every visit while diverse activities and vibrant communities make Cleveland County a great place for a day trip, weekend getaway, or a stop along a NC music tour.
Shelby is a designated hub site of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of NC.