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N.C. Music Hall of Fame to induct Avett Brothers, Kellie Pickler

Concord’s Avett Brothers, Albemarle’s Kellie Pickler and Monroe’s Ron Tyson are among eight acts that will be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame this fall.

The Avett Brothers (Scott and Seth Avett, Bob Crawford and Joe Kwon) released of a new live album, “Live, Vol. Four,” in December and are embarking on a spring and summer tour that will include their first-ever appearance at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Pickler, 29, recently appeared as a mentor for current hopefuls on “American Idol,” which launched her country career in its fifth season in 2006.

And Tyson has been a member of the Temptations since the early 1980s.

Also on the list of 2016 inductees: beach-music pioneers Band of Oz, of Raleigh; Grammy-winning old-time string band Rhiannon Giddens & The Carolina Chocolate Drops of Greensboro and Durham; Grammy-winning folk musician David Holt of Asheville; late jazz musician Percy Heath of Wilmington; and late funk guitarist Chuck Brown of Gaston (not to be confused with Gaston County or Gastonia, the town of Gaston is in Northampton County).

The induction ceremony will take place Oct. 20, at the Gem Theatre in Kannapolis. It is open to the public; tickets will go on sale early this summer at

A Hall of Fame spokesman told the Independent Tribune of Cabarrus County that it is not yet clear which if any of the honorees will be able to attend, but expressed optimism that members of the Avett Brothers would be on hand.

The Independent Tribune reported that more than 800 people attended last year’s induction ceremony, which featured Warren Haynes (who played guitar with the Allman Brothers Band and went on to form Gov’t Mule) and country-rocker Eric Church.

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