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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 --

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!


Grits & Soul opening for The Honeycutters in KY!

We are SO excited to be opening a show at Willie's Locally Known in Lexington, KY, for our friends, The Honeycutters!  

If you live in the Lexington area, we'd love to see you there!  It's going to be a great night of WNC-style country music. BRING IT!


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