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Laura Blackley


Laura Blackley has been making music in Western North Carolina for several years. She’s a singer, songwriter and guitarist who specializes in country, blues and rock with an emphasis on songwriting.

Blackley plays in several bands and she and her band the Wildflowers won first prize in the 2016 North Carolina Piedmont Blues Preservation Society’s Blues Challenge. This win sent them to Memphis, TN to perform in the International Blues Competition.

She also plays classic country music with the Old Chevrolette Set, a group led by local radio host and pedal steel player Tom Pittman.

When not playing music Blackley is a Pre-k through 8th grade Music Teacher at Rainbow Community School. She earned 2nd place (Best Music Teacher) in Asheville’s Mountain Xpress Best Of competition in 2022.

Laura Blackley joined the team at Blue Ridge Public Radio as a part time weekend and All Things Considered Host in June 2022 and is very excited to be behind the mic again.

She enjoys performing live, hiking in our beautiful WNC mountains, gardening and traveling to new places. She lives in the Hominy Valley community of Candler with her daughter and their dog and two cats.

Email: lblackley@bpr.org