When most club-level indie-rock musicians hit the road to go on tour, they tend to play a straightforward schedule of nightclub venues. But UNC professor Florence Dore rolls a bit differently when it comes to touring endeavors.
After releasing her most recent album in 2022, Dore undertook a tour that was equal parts conventional rock-band outing and traveling liberal-arts symposium. Whatever the stage, her performances included a lot of talk about the intersection of literature with rock and roll – the place where she lives and works.
“Even though I was on sabbatical from teaching at UNC, I was still teaching a lot all over,” Dore says. “It was a fabulous balance between both endeavors, music and literature, weighted more toward rock shows. It was an eye-opening experience.”
“It was pretty cool that UNC helped support this public humanities project,” she added. “I had amazing conversations in the most unlikely places, like parking lots in Alabama.”