Mason Adams

Mason Adams writes from the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he's covered business, politics and culture since 2001.

Interviews

How the Destruction of Appalachia Inspired Its Black Metal Scene

Stream the new LP from Pittsburgh's Slaves BC, and explore how Appalachian black metal artists find inspiration from beauty and destruction.
Mason Adams
3.14.18
politics

A Massive Strike Is Actually Working

A weeklong holdout over teacher pay that seemed to end after the Republican governor made major salary promises dragged into Thursday. It could resonate in November and beyond.
Mason Adams
3.1.18
LGBTQ

Roanoke's Gay Bar Scene Will Never Be the Same

It's the end of an era for a bar culture that survived a mass shooting and 35 years of social change.
Mason Adams
6.27.17
Appalachia

Don't Call Appalachia 'Trump Country' Just Yet

The famously downtrodden, heavily white region fell hard for Donald Trump. Will he deliver?
Mason Adams
4.19.17
Op-Eds

How Cannibal Corpse's 'Tomb of the Mutilated' Got Me into Young Thug

Why it's worth sticking with difficult art.
Mason Adams
9.13.16
fair food

Frying All the Way to the Bank: Inside the Battle for Bigger, Badder State Fair Food

The vendors behind such creations as funnel-fried bacon on a stick and hot beef sundaes hustle in the offseason to invent—or steal—the next headline-generating fair food, all in service of generating buzz and a bump in their profit margin.
Mason Adams
9.2.16
In Memoriam

How Ralph Stanley Overcame Tragedy and the Persistence of Time to Change Country Music

A look back at the Virginia legend, whose influence on country and bluegrass will continue for generations.
Mason Adams
6.25.16
Interviews

The Strange and Enduring Afterlife of Spazz, Powerviolence, and Slap a Ham Records

Sweat to the oldies with two reissued classics from the seminal Bay Area powerviolence band.
Mason Adams
3.22.16
syrian food

The Syrian-Lebanese Cuisine of the Appalachian City Whose Mayor Doesn't Want Refugees

In November, Roanoke mayor David Bowers cited Japanese internment camps as a reason why the city shouldn’t accept Syrian refugees, completely disregarding the culinary contributions of the many Syrians who migrated here over the past century.
Mason Adams
2.3.16
Op-Eds

666 Pennsylvania Avenue: How Will Your Vote Affect the Future of Metal?

We predicted each candidate's probable effects on popular music, from a Rubio hip-hop explosion to a Clinton anarcho-punk wave.
Mason Adams
2.1.16
Op-Eds

How Hip-Hop and Country Music Helped Aung San Suu Kyi Win Myanmar's Historic Democratic Election

Never underestimate the power of a catchy campaign track.
Mason Adams
11.27.15
Interviews

Listen to Anna & Elizabeth's Spooky New Take on an Old Appalachian Murder Ballad

Stream "The Greenwood Sidey," a chilling tale of childbirth and murder.
Mason Adams
3.15.15
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