Grits & Soul

Americana Music

Spreading the gospel of Southern sound. 

Grits & Soul

/ɡrits/ \ən(d) \ˈsōl\

n. An Americana duo known for seamless harmonies and stirring melodies, 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 over six years now, the duo has traveled the globe spreading the gospel of their 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. 

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.  "The listener will hear a different side of them on each and every song." (Prescription Bluegrass) 

 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 is an undeniable band on the rise. 

Photo Courtesy of Rob Gardner.

Photo Courtesy of Rob Gardner.


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