Grits & Soul

Spreading the Gospel of Southern Sound

Summer Shows

Hey friends,

As you may know, for the past year we've been busy renovating an old house in Kentucky. After a solid 14 months of the ups and downs, the excitement, and impatiently waiting, we've finally moved in! 

If you'd like to see what all we got ourselves into, visit our house blog here or jump over to our Instagram account for the fast-track version. It feels both good and a little weird to finally be in the house. John and I are so happy to be in a place where we can look forward to enjoying our home instead of wondering what in the world is going to pop up next. She's done (for the most part) and now we get to live it up!

 Our grand ol' lady, circa 1871. Visit us on  Instagram  for all the details!

Our grand ol' lady, circa 1871. Visit us on Instagram for all the details!

 The most important room of the house: our music room!

The most important room of the house: our music room!

In the meantime, we've been working on new songs, collaborating with our friends here in the Bluegrass state and looking ahead to new musical projects!

We can't wait to share our new music with you! Over the past year, our focus has been our first loves: electric guitar, country blues & soul music. We still play a lot of acoustic music and bluegrass, but going back to what we grew up on has felt like home. It's like they say, it feels good to leave but it feels even better to come back.

Below is a list of the summer shows we're excited to have on the calendar!

Be sure to check our calendar here or on Instagram from time to time, because there's always something added to the mix last minute. You never know...

Like this'un...comin' in hot! July 14 & 15.

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We're looking forward to August, where we have the honor to perform at the Ralph Stanley Museum for their Home in the Hills concert series. John and I have been working up one of our favorite Stanley Brothers tune. Who's to say which one we love the most? Virginia is for lovers and we love it all.

In September, we're going on tour in North Carolina with our good friends, The Local Honeys. If you haven't heard them yet, you better hop on it!! They are two musical powerhouses and we can't wait to scorch the asphalt in the Tar Heel state. Watch out! You don't want to miss this.

See you on down the road --

A New Chapter

A new chapter for us...

At the first of the year, we began slowing things down so that we could have more time to write new material and concentrate on what we want musically. As we began considering all the possiblities for a new album, John and I couldn't deny that it was time for a big (and maybe a little scary...) step forward.

It's a bittersweet decision to move from Asheville, though we are very hopeful and excited to see what this next chapter will bring our way.

We are going to relocate to John’s hometown outside of Lexington to take advantage of well-earned downtime to stretch and challenge ourselves musically. We plan on doing something a little different for this next recording!

As you know, we have been traveling far & wide over the past few years promoting our Flood Waters album, from which we have learned and grown both personally and professionally -- I’m not so sure it would have worked as well for us anywhere else, except for Asheville. We are excited about the possibilities and know that the musical traditions of Western North Carolina we've absorbed in the past four years directly compliment Kentucky's own musical heritage, where they say everyone is issued a mandolin at birth...

We cannot say enough about the quality and character of the musicians and industry professionals in Western North Carolina. We became students of the rich regional culture and have loved promoting the state as we travel all over the world playing our music. We consider you family and we will miss everyone so much, though you will continue to see us often! 

So, thank you: thank you for your support, the opportunity to learn from you, and the friendship we will continue to carry with us. We'll be back often until the end of the year and beyond. 

Please continue to check back with us as we add shows in the area and have more news on our upcoming album. 

Look forward to seeing you! 

Oh, hello, 2016...!

It's February already?!

After such a busy, whirlwind of a 2015, like a pair of bears, we've been mostly hibernating through the cold, snowy (sometimes rainy) winter. We caught up with family and friends, played a few shows here and there, and reflected on the year -- as you do. We’ve emerged at last and are looking at what 2016 will bring!

2015…all we can say is WOW. You blew our minds! We can’t be more thankful for our friends in the music community for their overwhelming support and friendship! It literally took us all over the world last year.

What do you do after that?! Start working on a long-overdue new album, that's what.

But first…how 'bout a quick retrospective?

This past year, we had the honor and pleasure to open for: our talented friends, The Honeycutters in Lexington, Kentucky; the man himself, Jim Lauderdale, at the Ingles 4th of July Celebration in Downtown Asheville; the Hackensaw Boys at Riverlink River Music series (along with our friends the Jon Stickley Trio); and, another one of our favorite songwriters Cahalen Morrison and Country Hammer. Yeah!

In March, we were invited to play at Suwannee Springfest in Live Oak, Florida headlined by The Wood Brothers.  This is a festival we’ve heard so much about so, getting the opportunity to perform (even though John got sick and lost his voice) was awesome! That is one magical place…held in a forest of live oak trees and hanging moss by the Suwannee River…and the music. Shew. It was epic.  We came back to Spirit of Suwannee Park in October to play Magnolia Fest, headlined by the Tedeschi Trucks Band. What a weekend. In between spring and fall, we covered some Southern ground, traversing all over Tennessee, Mississippi (with our pals Honeyboy & Boots), West Virginia, Georgia, as well as North and South Carolina.

Speaking of experiences: EUROPE. WOW. CountryFest in Belgium was so much fun and the Belgian people are really cool. John & I packed as much as we could in to two weeks – traipsing around Belgium, France, and Italy. It was an incredible trip and we were so fortunate to have such awesome friends over there to help us get around! From Sint-Truiden to Bruges to Paris to Milan to Venice – whoa... We played in Belgium, had a show in Paris, and another one in Ravenna, Italy. During the in-between times, we saw so many beautiful places, met so many wonderful people, and ate amazing food (let’s be honest, that IS the priority…), we are still remembering bits and pieces from our journey and recalling (in honest amazement) all the things we did! 

Now that 2016 is upon us, we’ve decided it’s time to slow things down so that we can have some creative down time to work on more new songs and put together a brand new album for you this fall!

We’ll still be playing some festivals (Suwannee Springfest is coming up in March!!) and shows here and there, but for right now our focus is to write, write, write! We’re going down into the rabbit hole and can’t wait to see what comes from our period of hibernation!

As always, take care, stay in touch, and we'll see you soon --

Much Love, 

Anna + John

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