Grits & Soul
/ɡrits/ \ən(d) \ˈsōl\
n. An Americana duo who fuse roots country with Southern soul and blues.
v. Anna Kline: vocals and guitar. John Looney: vocals, mandolin, and guitar.
At the heart of Grits & Soul are Anna Kline and John Looney.
Their seamless harmonies and stirring melodies will tear your heart in two. For seven years now, the duo has traveled the globe spreading the gospel of Southern sound. Their partnership converges at the crossroads of bluegrass and classic country, Southern soul and blues.
Grits & Soul released their first album, Flood Waters, to rave reviews in 2013. Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine called it “intriguing and enveloping.” The recording highlights the collaboration of a gifted songwriter with a talented arranger, who share a mutual sensibility of powerful melodies and compelling storylines. "The listener will hear a different side of them on each and every song." (Prescription Bluegrass)
John is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist whose accompaniment on mandolin and guitar gives each song its own personality and groove.
"[Anna's] voice is a marvel, powerful and expressive, with a keening, gorgeous vibrato that brings forth images of a displaced Depression-era farmer's wife, mourning the loss of her land to the dust. And yet, Grits & Soul is much more than a traditional music retread." (DeSoto Magazine)
Anna and John lend their voices to the rich tradition of Southern songwriters who constantly explore and push the boundaries of American roots music. Grits & Soul has undeniably established themselves as a band on the rise.
When they aren’t performing as Grits & Soul, you can find them huddled in a group of late-night pickers, onstage with the Don Rogers Band or playing square dances with The Local Honeys.
They are currently working on a new album.