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Asheville’s Tellico Debuts with Relics and Roses, Due Out June 2nd

Tellico takes you on a journey through the modern Appalachian soundscape, with masterful storytelling and memorable instrumental and vocal performances that wed tradition with a contemporary Americana sensibility

ASHEVILLE, NC — Tellico independently releases their debut album Relics and Roses on June 2, 2015. The album features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle) and Stig Stiglets (bass), and showcases Aaron Ballance on dobro and pedal and lap steel and Jed Willis on mandolin and clawhammer banjo. Guitar virtuoso Jon Stickley (Jon Stickley Trio) produced the album and makes a few guest appearances with drums and guitar.

The album is available now for pre-order at Tellicoband.com and includes an immediate download of the leading track, “Backstep Blues,” which is also available to stream now at the band’s website. Firmly planted in Asheville NC’s thriving roots music scene, Tellico is well schooled in bluegrass but with an unbridled organic “Appalachiacana” sound, combining some of the finest voices, songs and instrumental prowess in western North Carolina and beyond. Anya and Stig’s committed, authentic vocals are alloyed with Aaron’s flowing and soaring dobro and Jed’s textured and expressive mandolin, rooted in the mountain music they grew up with while pushing tradition into a modern Americana sound aesthetic.

Tellico. Photo by Jennifer Calllahan

Tellico. Photo by Jennifer Calllahan

Storytelling is at the helm of Tellico’s music. All of the songs on Relics and Roses were penned by Hinkle and Stiglets with the exception “White Line-River of Pride,” a Neil Young and Crazy Horse medley of two dirty electric rock tunes buttoned up bluegrass-style. The leading track, “Backstep Blues” [Hinkle] has a “backstep”, a rhythmic hiccup that is typical of old time music, telling the story of a man’s successive retreat from his wife (with the refrain “hey where did your daddy go wrong?”), leaving her with the “backstep blues.” “Calamity”, written by Stiglets, is a tale of disaster sparked by a combination of Hurricane Katrina and Japan’s 2011 tsunami, and the destructive and terrifying images of those events.

“Forsaken Winds” is poetry unto itself with the ethereal sounds of Ballance’s pedal steel filling in the spirit of the lyrics; while “Hawkeye Pierce and Honeycutt Blues” is a tongue and cheek raggy romp in an Asheville street busker’s shoes. “You Can’t Go Home Again” is inspired by Asheville author Thomas Wolfe’s book of the same name. Anya found the book to be so richly descriptive in Wolfe’s longwinded style, especially when the protagonist DOES go home again, which she said, “reminded me of something that my dad always used to say: ‘you can’t go home again’! Of course you can’t. The comforting idea of home is just that, an idea. You have to face yourself and your life. Running from it, either to home or far away from it, doesn’t alleviate your suffering.”

“Mexico 1995” is a coming-of-age story penned by Hinkle after a solo four month journey, mostly by bus, from Nogales, Arizona through Guatemala and back. It was before the internet, before cell phones, and after a grisly war and genocide in southern Mexico and Guatemala, a real eye opener for a kid, all during the winter after Jerry Garcia died. Hinkle says, “That early morning that I walked back, on foot, into my post-college privileged American life after crossing the border at Nogales was like a dream, I was a ghost in my own shoes, my idea of who I was as porous as the haze that seemed to linger that entire day that I re-emerged.” The song uses samples from iconic songs that set up the general feeling that it’s all been done before. Hinkle reflects, “Where does a kid go with that? What’s ahead that’s worth anything?”

Relics and Roses is the first since Anya, Stig, and Aaron formed Tellico after recording four records with the Asheville-based bluegrass band Dehlia Low, whose final album Ravens and Crows was released on the Rebel Records label in 2011.

“I love how the songs on Relics and Roses sound with these musicians covering all details that I didn’t even realize I was longing to hear. The band’s rich playing overlays absolutely perfectly with the meanings of the songs, whether playful and amusing or searching, haunting and lonely,” says Hinkle.

What Folks are Saying About Relics and Roses:

“With deep warm tones, intimate vocals, vivid lyrics, natural arrangements, and emotional solos Tellico masterfully draws the listener into the center of their original songs. Relics and Roses paints a cinematic picture, continually stirring feelings of nostalgia. Through their wonderful musicianship they never fail to create an atmosphere that perfectly enhances their storytelling.  I love this CD!”
Chad Manning of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience

“….wonderfully original mountain music. Sometimes they sound like what Kate Wolf would sound like had she come from the Southern Appalachians – a beloved image if you ask me.” —Martin Anderson, Music Director & Morning Host WNCW-FM

“The album of mostly original songs is superbly orchestrated and delivered taking the listener on an auditory odyssey that ranges from soulful and deep to upbeat and euphoric. Anya, Aaron, Stig, and Jed have woven a tapestry that is timeless and authentic and deserving of your attention.” —Steve Johnson, Event Producer/Artist Relations Manager, Wilkesboro, NC

“Tellico picks up where Dehlia Low left off, focusing and refining their sound. Relics and Roses is… step forward in songwriting, with Anya Hinkle and Greg ‘Stig’ Stiglets crafting an acoustic soundscape of Appalachian daydreams that stack up to the works of John Hartford, Emmylou Harris and the Avett Brothers. Songs like ‘I Want To Know’ reach out and grab you immediately… a captivating album.”
–Joe Kendrick, WNCW Program Director 88.7 FM

Tellico Tour Dates
Fri 5/8 – LEAF Festival – Black Mountain, NC
Fri 5/22 – Music In The Valle – Valle Crucis Community Park – Valle Crucis, NC
Sun 5/31 – The Rooster’s Wife – Aberdeen, NC
Fri 6/5 – Isis Restaurant and Music Hall – Asheville, NC
Fri 6/12 – Music On The Square – Jonesborough, TN
Sat 6/13 – Granite Falls Brewery- Granite Falls, NC
Fri 6/19 – Groovin’ on the Green Summer Concert Series – Cashiers, NC
Fri 6/26 – Nantahala Outdoor Center – Bryson City, NC
Sat 6/27 – 185 King Street – Brevard, NC
Sat 7/11 – Bluegrass On The Grass, 20th Anniversary – Carlisle, PA
Fri 8/21 – The Jones House-Summer Concert Series – Boone, NC
Sat 8/29 – US National Whitewater Center River Jam – Charlotte, NC
Sat 9/19 – Apple Fest – Winston-Salem, NC
Sat 10/17 – Cowee School Concert Series – Franklin, NC

More shows to be announced!

Find out more about Tellico and Relics and Roses at at Tellicoband.com, facebook.com/Tellico & twitter.com/TellicoBand.

 

 

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Dehlia Low performs tonight Friday, May 28th, at the Grey Eagle in Asheville.  The Asheville citizen times did this great  interview with them:

Back after 8 months, Asheville’s Dehlia Low hit a musical high

Carol Rifkin • published May 28, 2010 12:15 am CMRifkin@gmail.com

Asheville Citizen Times www.citizen-times.com

ASHEVILLE – In just three years, the Asheville-based Dehlia Low band has made a big footprint in the regional music scene and is now stepping up to national recognition, playing major events like MerleFest and the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival.

While the group grew out of bluegrass, their sound has a more Americana and early country feel and doesn’t include a banjo. With Aaron Ballance on dobro and pedal steel, Bryan Clendenin on mandolin, Stacy Claude on guitar, Anya Hinkle on fiddle and Greg Stiglets on upright bass, their original songwriting and strong female lead vocals stand out in concert.

Claude spoke recently about the band and its upcoming concert at The Grey Eagle.

Question: Dehlia Low is so quintessentially Asheville. What brought you here?

Answer: All five of us moved to Asheville specifically for the music scene. None of us knew each other before we came here. All of us were at different points in our lives musically, with different accomplishments, and we all met through the already thriving bluegrass jam scene. We developed friendships and music, and decided to come together musically as a band, too.

Q: Tell me about your recordings.

A: Our first recording project was a live EP recorded in Lenoir. Our most recent CD, “Tellico,” was recorded here in Asheville with Jon Stickley as producer; he is known for his work with the Shannon Whitworth Band.

We have enough material for our next full-length album; we are about two songs away from having it all written. We are getting ready to assemble a team and approach it more strategically.

We had management for a while and went back independent, but now we are so busy that we are ready to assemble a team of outside help because the business side is starting to interfere with the creative side.

Q: What are some important accomplishments?

A: One of the big reasons we got a lot of name recognition quicker was the tremendous airtime and support we got through WNCW-FM (radio) and the news media. We are so lucky that the listeners really liked us and supported us on radio.

Anya and I have really worked hard on the business side and have worked hard to get our name out and get us recognized. We are just trying to introduce ourselves and are so humbled that people like our music so much.

Q: You are playing some big gigs.

A: Our most exciting so far this year was MerleFest. We were thrilled to be included in such a wonderful festival with such great bands. It was great opportunity and exposure.

Gettysburg was incredible, too; we were humbled and honored to be included in the lineup along with Alison Krauss. Because of that exposure, we just got string endorsement from D’Addario strings and a tuner endorsement for Intellitouch tuners. We are so excited to have some of this fall into place.

Q: Do you still have day jobs?

A: Sort of (laughter). Three of us have minimal jobs. Bryan is still teaching full-time. I am basically managing the group right now.

Q: Talk about the instrumentation.

A: Greg Stiglets on bass is one of our principal songwriters. Anya Hinkle on fiddle and vocals is the other principal writer. Aaron Balance on dobro writes; I play guitar and sing; Bryan Clendenin plays mandolin and writes. We all learned to play our instruments in the bluegrass tradition with a little fallover into folk, but that is where we honed our craft.

Anya had a strong background in ballad singing; we are both drawn to bluegrass singing. Our songwriting is really leaning to an Americana and roots country feel. Bluegrass people still like it, but it allows us to dwell in both arenas. That is right where we want to be.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20100528/ENT/305280008/1007/COLUMNISTS

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