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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! 

The Strand -- Tomorrow night!

Many thanks to writer Jessi Stone and The Mountaineer for publishing an article on us and our show at The Strand on 38 Main in Waynesville, NC this Thursday evening at 745pm.

We are looking forward to the show -- it's a beautiful facility, owned by Rodney and Lorraine Conard, who have done a wonderful job renovating this old building.

We'll be performing as a trio with our good friend, Dakota Waddell, on upright bass.  Join us if you're in the area!

April, she's a busy bird...

Spring has finally hit the mountains, even after we had another quick snow just days ago.  We hope you are enjoying the sunshine.

Here's what we've got going on for April!

Well, first things first, we'll be in Knoxville at the end of the week, starting off with an appearance on WDVX Blue Plate Special, on Thursday, April 3 sharing the stage with The Difibulators, and then on Friday, April 4, playing two sets at the Rhythm N Blooms Festival (visit our Stomp&Holler page for times and locations).  We are really looking forward to being in Knoxville for this festival! Thanks for having us Attack Monkey Productions! :)

I'll tell you what.  Just when you think nothing's happening, the fire is stoked and life gets interesting!

We got a small mention in the April issue of Southern Living Magazine.  A friend gave us the heads up and sure enough, there we were!  

 What?! Yeah, that's us alright.

What?! Yeah, that's us alright.

We are so excited to be playing at MerleFest this year -- what a great line-up they've got!  It's going to be a fun and busy weekend -- performing, jamming, and making new friends.  

The band will be performing at the Doc and Merle Watson Performing Arts Showcase on Friday, April 25, at 1030am -- you can read more about the showcase and the performers here -- our Asheville friends Locust Honey String Band will be performing right before us.  Then we'll be appearing later that day at 445pm on the Plaza Stage.  Stop by and say hello!

If you are going, be sure to plan your weekend with the MerleFest app (you can find it in the Google Play store and wherever it is iPhone users find apps...ha! Android all the way...)  

 Look who our next door neighbor is on the list of bands...again, mind blown...

Look who our next door neighbor is on the list of bands...again, mind blown...

In other great news, we've been added to the line-up of the 'Cuegrass Festival in Raleigh, Saturday, April 26.  We are thrilled to be playing at 315pm, right before the festival headliners, The 23 String Band!!  

 Mmmm...pig.

Mmmm...pig.

We're going to make the trek from Wilkesboro to Raleigh and then back to Wilkesboro...(you gotta be kidding if you think we are going to miss much of MerleFest weekend.)

I wish I could say that was IT for the good news, but we have quite a few more announcements coming as springtime turns to summer! See you soon --

Anna + John


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