Grits & Soul

Spreading the Gospel of Southern Sound

Summertime: You Gonna Rise Up Singing

Friends -- 

We hope y'all are having a great summer so far! In this part of the world, everyone is getting outside as much as possible to enjoy the warmer months in the mountains (I've got the sunburn to prove it).

We have had a great and busy time of it ourselves: June took us to West Virginia to play a few shows, visited with our friend, songwriter Andrew Adkins who helped us tremendously on that leg (THANK YOU, ANDREW!), and made lots of new friends. West Virginia is a gorgeous place. The only thing we missed seeing was the Mystery Hole.  I'm still disappointed about that...

Blackwater Falls. Davis, West Virginia. Many thanks to Viola for taking the photo!

Blackwater Falls. Davis, West Virginia. Many thanks to Viola for taking the photo!

As for July, we've stayed close to home. We felt so fortunate to be asked to open for Jim Lauderdale at the Ingles 4th of July Independence Day Celebration in downtown Asheville. That was a fun one! Then we -- along with our friends The Jon Stickley Trio -- were on the bill supporting the Hackensaw Boys for Asheville's RiverMusic concert series. Those were both great events and we appreciate everyone who worked so hard to put them on.

August. Now, here's where it really starts to get interesting! Shows in AshevilleLexington, and Nashville -- then we're heading back to Mississippi! One of many reasons we're looking forward to this trip is we are meeting up with friends at the Mississippi state line: the husband/wife duo Honeyboy and Boots!  Drew & Courtney met in Mississippi just like John & I did. We heard about them through mutual Mississippi friends and finally got to hang out with them a few months ago. They are great musicians and their music is funky, bluesy, and damn good! So, why not do a little tour together?!

When we hit our old stompin' grounds in Jackson, we will team up with Muscle Shoals band The Valley Roots for a show at Hal & Mal's Red Room (Many thanks to Ardenland!). Now THAT is gonna be a homecoming. We got to play with The Valley Roots in Nashville in April and were blown away. So much soul! Good company to keep, right?

After our Mississippi adventures -- pinch us -- we're headed to EUROPE!!

Country Festival, outside of Brussels, Belgium, is happening the weekend of August 28 and has invited us over to be a part of their festival line-up...Grits & Soul will be sooooo continental, dahlin'.  (Maybe more like country mouse goes to town...) We are still working out details on other shows while we're over there -- Belgium, France, and Northern Italy (check the calendar for updates) -- needless to say, we are THRILLED to have this opportunity.

Right after we get back in September, we're going to head up the East Coast and play a few shows! A highlight of the tour is being able to play Michael Daves' bluegrass night at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. More details to come on that trip as well. There's more great stuff coming up in the fall, but I don't want your head to explode ;) ...mine has already...messy process.

Here's the full listing of our summer rambles below!

We look forward to seeing you this summer -- until then, happy trails & don't waste an opportunity to have some fun :)

Anna + John

4th of July Celebration with Jim Lauderdale!

If you are in the Asheville area and are looking to celebrate Independence Day, join us in Downtown Asheville in Pack Square for fun, food, and fireworks!

Ingles Markets and Asheville Downtown Association have put together a great community event for the 4th!

We'll be there to entertain, along with Joe Lasher, Jr. and headliner and Grammy winner, Jim Lauderdale!

Our set will start at 415p, Joe will go on around 6p, and Jim will take the stage at 8p. See you there and have a fantastic and safe weekend!

Catching Up Witcha

In March, we played Suwannee Springfest for the first time -- what an experience! It was a gorgeous and FUN weekend. John got sick and couldn't sing a lick...poor kid! But we still had a great time -- hanging out with our hometown fellas, Town Mountain, The Taylor Martin Band, and The Jon Stickley Trio -- as well as saying hello to Jeb & Tara of Donna the Buffalo, the Duhks, Jim Lauderdale, Hot Rise, Grandpa's Cough Medicine, some of Lucinda Williams' band -- it's hard to remember all the folks we met. What a fun and talented group of people and the shows were incredible. And what a beautiful location.

We recently got back from Merlefest, and though we didn't play this year, we worked behind the scenes as Artist Relations Ambassadors (...I joke, though I was working in "Artist Relations"). What a weekend, catching up with old friends, watching our friends' sets, and making new friends with some new artists -- like the Front Country folks.  They are awesome! Check them out. One of the highlights of the weekend was the "royal procession" as HRH Sir Dwight Yoakum was driven to the Watson Main Stage. Check our instagram for the video of that! Oh, the fun.

Look for an upcoming video and interview that will be online in July, hosted by the wonderful folks of In Blue Handmade and our friend and owner, Mary Lynn Schroeder (and Katie!) right here in Asheville. They do amazing leather work and we got to take home a couple of lovely things from their shop. That leatha is like butta!  We'll post the videos ri-chere when they're up!

In other news, John and I are currently writing material for a new album. We are still working out details, but plan to record a little later this year and hope to release it next spring. You'll know as soon as we know ;)

We're going to be traveling a lot this summer -- Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee -- and also going to some new places:  West Virginia and on up into the Northeast. I've never been that far north before (other than a connecting flight -- doesn't count, does it?) though John has. We're currently working on firming up tour details and plan to hit Philadelphia, D.C., NYC, Boston, and more. 

For now, there are quite a few shows in the southerly parts. We hope to see your faces soon!


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