Grits & Soul

Spreading the Gospel of Southern Sound

Filtering by Tag: North Carolina songwriters

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! 

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!


© 2018 Grits & Soul     ::     Design by Zack Looney