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Durham-based Merge Records to be inducted into NC Music Hall of Fame

Merge Records, an independent record label based in Durham, will be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in October.

Founded in 1989 by Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance of the band Superchunk, Merge is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Initially formed to release music from Superchunk, Merge has grown into one of the world’s most influential independent record labels, releasing albums from artists such as The Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lambchop, the Mountain Goats, Caribou and She & Him.

Merge’s induction into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame will be celebrated during an induction ceremony on October 17 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in Mooresville. The ceremony, presented by Visit Mooresville, will also celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the hall of fame as a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing the musical heritage of North Carolina.

Other 2024 inductees are Petey Pablo of Greenville, Clarence Avant of Greensboro, Mary Cardwell Dawson of Madison, Tommy Faile of Charlotte and Bobby Hicks of Newton.

The ceremony, which will include dinner and performances by the inductees, is open to the public and tickets are available online.

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