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Kellin Watson will be sitting in with old friends The Duhks, as a guest vocalist for two shows this February. With Tania Elizabeth on Fiddle and Scott Senior on percussion, Jordan McConnell on guitar and Leonard Podolak on Banjo and vocals it will be almost all of the original members of The Duhks! It will be a special night, but if you can’t make it, be sure and help us spread the word to others in or around the Raleigh or Spindale area.

Spindale, NC
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The most vital acoustic music being made today acknowledges its predecessors and lives in the here and now. The Duhks, a band of skilled, high-energy, tattooed musicians from Winnipeg, Manitoba, have been riveting audiences and winning staunch fans around the world with just that kind of music. The Boston Globe says about them, “Canada’s premier neo-tradsters romp from world-beat to blues, urban-pop to old-timey, with wild-eyed invention, haunting traditionalism, and spine-rattling groove. Who says the Frozen North can’t sizzle, eh?”
NPR says, “The inventive Canadians in The Duhks are widely beloved for their smooth blend of traditional roots music and soul, which they inject with well-placed Afro-Cuban and Celtic influences.” Ultimately though, according to band founder and claw-hammer banjoist Leonard Podolak, the Duhks “just want to play music that speaks to everybody.” Mission accomplished.

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Kellin Watson is a internationally-touring singer-songwriter, whose award-winning sound blends elements of blues, pop, folk, and soul. Hailing from Asheville, NC, Kellin draws on her Appalachian roots to bring both power and rawness to her music. “There are a lot of common talents in the world, but there are very few rare talents. I feel that Kellin is a rare, uncommon talent. Her songs have the ability to take someone gently by the wrist and tell them a story…”  states Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins. The Charlotte Observer calls her, “Jazzy soul and swinging pop comparable to Fiona Apple or a less folksy Ani DiFranco, Watson has an endearing stage demeanor and a killer voice, not to mention soulful songs that don’t fit in any particular box.” Keep an eye out for her 2011 release “Halo of Blue.”

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KELLIN WATSON “HALO OF BLUE”
CD RELEASE PARTY


Special Guests include; Sarah & Christian Dugas of the Duhks, Mary Ellen Bush, The Business and Zach Blew
SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2011

PISGAH BREWING COMPANY

(828) 669-0190
150 Eastside Drive
Black Mountain, NC 28711
http://pisgahbrewing.com

Doors and music starts at 7pm
Music goes until Midnight followed by a dance music DJ Afterparty!

Tickets $10 ADV/ $12 at door
CLICK TO PURCHASE ONLINE

*Anyone who brings a functioning musical instrument to donate to Operation Happy Note and Operation Music Aid, will receive half off their admission price to the show. The requirements for instruments are “new or gently used guitars,violins, mandolins, banjos, keyboards, horns of any kind harmonicas and we even get requests for bagpipes.”

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Kellin Watson will have a few special guests for the evening including, Sarah & Christian Dugas of The Duhks, Zach Blew , The Business, and local favorite Mary Ellen Bush, along with a few other surprises (; Lots of talent on one stage!
Kellin Watson is a internationally-touring singer-songwriter, whose award-winning sound blends elements of blues, pop, folk, and soul. Hailing from Asheville, NC, Kellin draws on her Appalachian roots to bring both power and rawness to her music. “There are a lot of common talents in the world, but there are very few rare talents. I feel that Kellin is a rare, uncommon talent. Her songs have the ability to take someone gently by the wrist and tell them a story…”  states Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins. Courtney Devores with The Charlotte Observer describes her, “Jazzy soul and swinging pop comparable to Fiona Apple or a less folksy Ani DiFranco, Watson has an endearing stage demeanor and a killer voice, not to mention soulful songs that don’t fit in any particular box.””Halo Of Blue” was created with musician/producer Michael Bellar [Art Garfunkle, and Amos Lee] out of Manhattan, NY and was recorded in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Asheville. Kellin and Michael worked non-stop this past year to put out a simple, honest and stripped down recording with echoes of some of her strongest influences: Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, and Nina Simone. The album has 14 tracks and features cameo’s from some of the greatest musicians and vocalist in North America, including Sarah and Christian Dugas (The Duhks), and Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers).

Sarah & Christian Dugas will be opening the evening with an acoustic set as well as joining Kellin on backup vocals for the occasion. They also make an appearance on “Halo of Blue.” Though these two Dugas siblings have made quite the sound waves each in their own right, you always know that when they are apart, it’s only temporary. Sure enough, in 2007, their respective joining of the Canadian Juno-winning and Grammy-nominated, The Duhks, was staggered over a mere couple of seasons.

Hailing from the French quarters of Winnipeg, Canada, they grew up on a varied regimen of vinyl records, courtesy of their musician parents. While never denying their wide-ranging musical tastes, they vicariously immersed themselves in Southern music and this unmistakable connection expanded into a full-blown musical path. They have since shared the stage with the likes of John Paul Jones, Los Lobos, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Wood Brothers, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Arrested Development and the Zac Brown Band to name a few.

As international touring and session musicians, Christian and Sarah have held on to the dream of launching their own project… Still deeply rooted in Southern music and culture, their sound draws from Roots, Rock and old school Soul. They bring a hard-hitting, dynamic and heart-felt energy to their diverse original compositions, improvisations and a few chosen covers – all of it, delivered with the awe-inspiring vocal and musical chemistry only seen amongst siblings.

Mary Ellen Bush will be singing back-up vocals with Kellin for the CD release. Mary Ellen Bush has been a part of the Asheville music scene since 2002, when she and her group Ménage first took the town by storm. She has a powerful, soulful voice that is often compared to Steve Nicks. She is also a talented and prolific songwriter who may be seen strumming the guitar, but really wows people when she plays her upright bass and harmonica at the same time. When on stage, she is captivating as she throws her whole body into whatever song she’s belting. Over the years, Bush has appeared with many different groups in a wide range of genres, from 1930s jazz to rock to old-time. Many of her projects include vocal harmony, mostly three part.

Bush is appreciated for her vocal strength, unique sense of style, exceptional ear and her sassy, raspy voice and has thus been called upon to record backing vocals with many bands over the years, such as G Love and Special Sauce, The Avett Brothers, Ben Lovett, Stephanie’s id, Strut, Woody Wood, Yo Mamma’s Big Fat Booty Band, The Firecracker Jazz Band, Brian McGee, and Marty Lewis (of The Sons of Ralph).

Bush’s latest project is by far the most intoxicating to date, as she introduces her first solo album, done under the alias, Mimi Bell. The album, “You’re Not Loving Me,” incorporates subtle yet clever lyrics, and contagious melodies that have always been a part of her work. Dan Reeves calls the sound “Motown and Nashville in unison.” Producer Seth Kauffman weaves her songs into a unique and timeless soundscape that is big, dreamy, soulful and lo-fi, different than anything we have seen from her to date.

The Business will perform a short set prior to the show as well as be Kellin’s backing band. The Business is the best special events band in the area. Every band claims the be the best but this band is a force to be reckoned with. The Business is a dance band primarily with other strengths in vocal and instrumental jazz, blues and classic rock.
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Zach Blew, a longtime Black Mountain favorite, and folk soul powerhouse, since relocated to Chicago, will be performing as well.
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Dehlia Low pushes bluegrass squarely into the emerging Americana genre, combining their tenacious, authentic vocal style with extraordinary instrumental prowess in original songs that feel at once both old and new. Their upcoming album, to be released this summer, will be their first on the venerable Rebel Records label (Ralph Stanley, Steep Canyon Rangers), and is an eagerly-anticipated follow up to their acclaimed 2009 independent studio release “Tellico.” Since stepping off the stage at Merlefest in 2010, the distinctively Appalachian country/bluegrass sound of Dehlia Low has transcended their native Blue Ridge, bringing the band across the US and Canada on their exciting 2011 tour.

Photo by Sandlin Gaither

Dehlia Low performs in NY, PA & VA this April!

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Sat, April 16th ~ Bena Country Store Hayes, VA
Sun, April 17th ~ Sellersville Theatre w The Steel WheelsSellersville, PA
Wed, April 20th ~ Sportsman’s TavernBuffalo, NY
Thurs, April 21st ~Abilene’s Rochester, NY
Fri, April 22nd ~ Wellsville Creative Arts CenterWellsville, NY
Sat, April 23rd ~ The MockingbirdStaunton, VA

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Dehlia Low came together in late 2007 as part of Asheville, North Carolina’s roots music renaissance. Singers Anya Hinkle (from Blacksburg, VA on fiddle) and Stacy Claude (from Atlanta, GA on guitar) pulled together a group of talented pickers from the region: Aaron Ballance on dobro (Winston-Salem, NC), Bryan Clendenin on mandolin (Hurricane, WV) and Greg Stiglets on bass (Jackson, MS). The group’s sound is focused on original music rooted in bluegrass but with a distinctive country/folk feel true to their southern Appalachian roots.

Dehlia Low is pleased to announce their newest project, a studio album to be released in summer 2011 through the oldest and most respected bluegrass record label, Rebel Records. The project will be recorded in Asheville and produced by Travis Book of Grammy-nominated and IBMA emerging artist winners The Infamous Stringdusters. The group is currently planning an exciting international tour around the release, with details available at www.dehlialow.com.

Photo by Sandlin Gaither

Dehlia low on the web:
www.dehlialow.com
twitter.com/dehlialow
www.reverbnation.com/dehlialow
www.facebook.com/pages/Dehlia-Low

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