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We'll miss you, Julian!

We want to say a fond farewell (for now) and send many "Best Wishes!" to our fiddle player, Julian Pinelli, who is getting ready to head off to Berkeley College of Music in Boston. 

He's an 18 year old wunderkind -- a hell of a fiddle player -- and awesome guy!  As John says, "He's an animal."  (in a good way, obvs)

                                                          L to R Dakota, John, Anna, and Julian:  Heading to MerleFest 2014!

                                                          L to R Dakota, John, Anna, and Julian:  Heading to MerleFest 2014!

We started playing with him about two years ago -- and we invited him to play with us at MerleFest this past April -- he has added so much dimension to what we do on stage.  

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Hometown Asheville gang hanging out by the Cabin & Main Stage at MerleFest 2014! 

Hometown Asheville gang hanging out by the Cabin & Main Stage at MerleFest 2014! 

We can only imagine how amazing he's going to be after attending Berkeley -- he's already such a fantastic musician as it is.

On behalf of the band, it's been a pleasure and an honor to play with you, friend. Best of luck at college and look forward to picking with you again SOON!

Here's one of Julian's last performances with us when we played the Grey Eagle a couple of weeks ago.  He CRUSHED it.  

Have a great freshman year!!

Thank you, MerleFest!!

Oh my stars.  How do we even begin to describe our EPIC MerleFest experience?! Holy cow: it was one for the books.

We had the most AMAZING weekend on record.  Everyone was so cool.  We had a blast meeting new friends and bands, cheering for our dear friends in Asheville bands as they made their own waves, & seeing our heroes backstage and perform.  And I'll tell you what, that Midnight Jam rawked!!  WOW.

HUGE thanks to Steve Johnson and the entire MerleFest crew that made our time there the best EVER.  We are so grateful!!  

John Looney, Dakota Waddell, & Anna Kline.  Not pictured: Our fiddle player, Julian Pinelli, who CRUSHED it. Doc & Merle Watson Performing Arts Showcase, Austin Stage.

John Looney, Dakota Waddell, & Anna Kline.  Not pictured: Our fiddle player, Julian Pinelli, who CRUSHED it. Doc & Merle Watson Performing Arts Showcase, Austin Stage.

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

What's Coming Up for Us!

Hi friends,

We have lots of news to share with you!  While we are looking forward to MerleFest next month (understatement), we have also been adding a lot of shows and festivals to the calendar. 

Here are a few highlights:

March 13:  We'll be back in Atlanta for Sex, Drugs, & Bluegrass Dance of the Duos at The Red Light Cafe

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April 3:  WDVX "Blue Plate Special" Appearance

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April 4:  Knoxville's Rhythm N Blooms Festival

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Be sure to visit our Stomp&Holler page for a full listing of upcoming shows.  And if you haven't liked our Grits & Soul Facebook page yet, we would love to have your support! (it may not seem like much, but believe us, it IS!)

STAY TUNED because we have even MORE upcoming announcements for festivals and showcases this year.  FO REAL.


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