Grits & Soul

Spreading the Gospel of Southern Sound

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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