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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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The Blue Rags
The Grey Eagle
Saturday, June 5, 2010

all ages, 9pm
$10 advance, $12 at the door
828-232-5800
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
http://www.thegreyeagle.com
www.myspace.com/httpwwwmyspacecomthebluerags

Come celebrate the start of summer with Asheville’s home town favorites The Blue Rags. After playing hugely successful shows in the fall of 2009 at LAAFF and the Grey Eagle, as well as the 2010 French Broad Festival, they are back June 5th, 2010 at the Grey Eagle performing their own brand of Rag-N-Roll.

Don’t miss your chance to see this widely influential play live in Asheville, it doesn’t happen very often. The show will feature original members Jake Hollifield, Scott Sharpe, Abe Reid, Aaron “Woody” Wood, Mike Rhodes along with good friend Brent Sevier on bass (Bill Reynolds is in Europe touring with Band of Horses). The musical branches of The Blue Rags family tree spread deep and far.

After helping to put the WNC music scene on the map starting in the early 90’s (both before and after their stint on Sub Pop Records) through solo careers, side projects and session work; constant touring with such diverse acts as Bad Livers, Southern Culture on the Skids, Pavement, Government Mule and Leftover Salmon helped spread their reputation across America. They were also widely influential in the Americana scene right as it was coming into conception as a musical banner/umbrella. Popular bands of today, including the Avett Brothers, Old Crowe Medicine Show, and Scrappy Hamilton (now Truth and Salvage Company, touring with the Black Crowes) site The Blue Rags as musical influences.

If you are an old fan, come out to relive some memories with some old skool friends. If you’ve never seen The Blue Rags, but just heard about how great their live shows were, don’t miss your chance!

The Blue Rags @ The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC

The Blue Rags “Take Me Back” at L.A.A.F.F Sept. 09

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“Dehlia Low is a string music band based out of Asheville, NC that perfectly captures that beauty of mountain music and they are the perfect ambassadors of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With these beautiful songs…they are able to dig deeper into the Appalachian culture than many roots bands.” ~ Taproot Radio

Dehlia Low
The Grey Eagle
Friday, May 28th, 20109pm
$8 adv/ $10 dos
all ages
828-232-5800
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
www.thegreyeagle.com

“Dehlia Low: The heartfelt mountain sounds of this new band recall the Carter Family and the Stanley Brothers. Listen for ‘If That’s the Way You Feel,’ ‘When I Can Read My Titles Clear,’ and ‘Plains of Tellico.'” ~ Diane Amov in an article about Merlfest 2010

A fan stated, “I saw your show and just wanted to let you know that it was probably one of my favorite experiences at Merlefest 2010. Both vocals were amazing, the mandolin playing had me in awe and the dobro playing gave me chills. On the way home my friend and I were kicking ourselves for not buying your album at the festival but I’m glad to find you guys on itunes!”

“This latest project is probably the most important release to date from North Carolina’s Dehlia Low. Although the band is an all-acoustic aggregation, their musical style extends beyond the boundaries of bluegrass. With the exception of Norman Blake’s ‘Lord Won’t You Help Me,’ the other 11 tracks are band originals, such as ‘River Is Rising,’ ‘Bide My Time,’ and ‘Buffalo To Washington.’ Fiddler Anya Hinkle’s vocal prowess is a key ingredient to the sound of Dehlia Low and shines through on ‘Take Me Back’ and ‘Santa Ana Winds.’ ‘Tellico’ is a first-class production. Dehlia Low is rapidly becoming a musical force to watch for.” ~ Bluegrass Unlimited

“…one of those kinds of bands that I just really fall in love with. They’re called Dehlia Low and at the bare bones, they’re a string band, but…in a way string bands used to be when there wasn’t such a genre splint of what country music was and what bluegrass music was and what blues music was. It’s where those points converge for me. They’re primarily writing their own material, very strong material, and they’re one of those bands that you’re going to start hearing a lot more of.” ~ Iaan Hughes, No Depression

Dehlia Low will also be on WNCW’s Studio B on Thursday, May 27th at 4pm

Tune in at: www.wncw.org

“We’ve fallen in love with this cd over here, every one of us…we’ve had more requests for it than any other disk in the past year and a half. It’s a hit record….fresh….solid songwriting and the vocal duet is what gets them. ” ~Dennis Jones, WNCW 88.7

*WNCW’s 2009 Countdown their most recent album, Tellico, won #2 for regional artists as well as #18 for top 100 releases of 2009.

*Their first self titled EP also placed #17 for top 100 releases in 2008 on WNCW.

Dehlia Low will featured on the upcoming “Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s” show that is being released to PBS in a syndicated program. Check out a clip:



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Check out the final report from Jenny Keel on Larry Keel and Natural Bridge’s New Year’s Eve event at the Grey Eagle in Asheville:

Just now catchin our breath from the fantastic finale night that marked the close of 2009, and the beginning of what’s going to be the BEST YEAR EVER ! our 8th Annual New Year’s Eve shebang at the Grey Eagle Music Hall in Asheville NC was a stellar success-   a rolicking ragin crowd of ultra enthusiastic folks came out to enjoy the festivities we presented-   MC Fudd McKinney fired everyone up and announced and introduced and shared his unmatched wit all throughout the evening.  and the MUSIC!

PURE MAGIC from start to finish.. DWAYNE BROOKE crooned his original songs and tore up the gypsy jazz guitar (Larry, of course, couldn’t resist joining in on THAT, to pay tribute to Django Reinhardt at a point in Dwayne’s stylish set)..  then

Larry and Jenny and GARY KEEL killed it in an explosive Keel Brothers set-  non-stop energy and passion in that mountain family musical merger.

After that came the NUCLEAR new sound from the coolest riverboat rock folk band we’ve ever encountered (well, really the ONLY band like this that we’ve ever encountered!), BAWN IN THE MASH. Those guys blew every one’s minds, with a huge sound of irresistible instrumentation (including at times xylophones, theramin electronics and the whole gamut of acoustic instruments from big bass to fiddle and mando, to the biggest drum sound ever heard in the grey eagle, probably!).. makes you wanna tear your hair out with excitement!

And as the momentum built into the big turn of the time into 2010, LARRY KEEL AND NATURAL BRIDGE took the stage, bringing together the mass of musicians that had gathered there that night, for everyone to cheers and toast and play a vivacious version of Auld Lang Syne.. 13-piece bluegrass orchestra style..  tears of joy and anticipation for a fresh, fabulous start to the year 2010 launched LKNB into an hour and a half of some spectacular musical moments–   Larry unleashed brand new music, including a lyrical song he wrote, “LOVE”, and the dark-humored soldier’s blues song written by friend (and veteran) Donny Knuckles called “BAGHDAD BLUES”, plus a new instrumental “FISHIN REEL”..

The fun, the frenzy, the friendship among all those like-minded music lovers gathered in that warm place that night, all makes us GLOW with the best memory-    and it will fuel our fires for months to come in this great New Year that we’re already charging into!  Stay closely tuned to www.larrykeel.com, our facebook and twitter networks, and to www.fishinandpickin.com to see ALL THE GOOD STUFF GOIN ON all the time!
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!

~Jenny Keel

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Jedd Ferris I • published December 25, 2009 12:15 am

Asheville Citizen Times

www.citizen-times.com

Question: Tell me about the big show.

Answer: Dwayne Brooke of a great band called the Woodshedders doesn’t get down to Asheville very often, so we invited him to open the evening solo acoustic. Then it will be Bawn in the Mash, an eclectic bluegrass rock band from Western Kentucky. Larry and his brother Gary are going to do a set as the Keel Brothers, and then we’ll close the night with a huge Natural Bridge set. This is one of our biggest shows of the year, so we always look forward to it.

Q: This lineup — you, Larry, Jenny Keel on bass on Mark Schimick on mandolin — has been together for about four years now. What’s working?

A: Larry has always had a host of fine musicians to work with since his days in McGraw Gap and his past band, which included Jason Krekel. But I think this lineup has become special. With the longevity of four people sharing space together on stage for so long, something new is reflected in the music. We’re enjoying a telepathic connection that comes from many nights spent listening to each other.

Q: What do you like about working for Larry Keel?

A: Larry has been my friend and mentor for a long time. He’s an amazing teacher, and he has a really original sound in the bluegrass world. Before he offered me the gig, I was a big fan of his music. When I joined the band, I felt like I knew most of the songs already, because I had been digging his music for so long. Larry and Jenny have been good to Mark and I. They’re kind of like surrogate parents and great friends at the same time. They take good care of us.

Q: Tell me about the album you released this year, “Backwoods.”

A: The record was three years in the making. It features some bluegrass but also keeps in touch with outside influences and some of the other music that we love. Keller Williams helped out with a lot of the post-production work. When we finally finished the record, it was a great relief.

Q: Big plans for 2010?

A: I know we have a lot of great festival gigs in the works. We’ve confirmed that we’ll be at Del McCoury’s DelFest up in Maryland. Del had a Grammy-winning album that featured a version of Larry’s “Mountain Song,” so they have a great relationship.

Jedd Ferris writes about entertainment for take5. E-mail him at jeddferris@gmail.com.

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Galen Kipar Project and Jen and the Juice are two fantastic Asheville based acts that will be alternating two sets each December 17th at the Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC.

The music of the Galen Kipar Project was born out of a curiosity for the exploration of sound and composition, creativity, orchestration, the development of music theory and the love of music in general. The roots of folk, blues, classical, jazz and world beat are echoed within the overall chemistry of the Project’s music. In the past six years, Blue Fusion Soul Folk musician Galen Kipar has produced several live and studio albums with an array of other musicians and a new album is on its way for the beginning of the year. GKP was also recently voted #16 in WNCW 88.7 Southeast Regional Top 100 of 2008.

Galen Kipar Project is currently working on their fourth release in four years at Echo Mtn. Studio in Asheville to be released this spring. The new release will showcase Jeremy Young– drum kit, Jon Morrow-8 string guitar-bass,  Camellia Delk-viola/ vocals and Galen Kipar-vocals, classical / steel guitars & harmonica.  It will also feature Aaron Ballance (Dehlia Low)-lap steel/ dobro, and Aaron Price-piano.

Also, Galen was just out in San Fransisco and appeared live with David Gans on KFPA’s “Dead to the World” program a week or so ago and was also played on the Nationally syndicated Grateful Dead Hour this past Wednesday. To listen to the interview and music go to http://cloudsurfing.gdhour.com/archives/2833.

Jen and the Juice wow audiences with a singularly hipster mix of swingy, bluesy, refreshingly original funk and folk. Together in Western North Carolina for more than five years now, their second CD “Meet the Hooligan’s of Bohemia” in 2007 hit a home run with fans and earned a juicy spot in WNCW 88.7 FM radio’s top 10 regional albums of 2007. Now the Juice is heading into wider territory with a recently released CD “Fruit”, an even more dynamic cast of characters and a step up to regional and national touring. The Juicy Lineup consists of Jeff Knorr (keys), Debrissa McKinney (backing vocals and sax), Ben Bjorlie (bass), Mikie Gray (drums)

The bands will be performing onstage with a backdrop of projected silent films during the music. There will be plenty of options for holiday gifts at the show as fans can buy the pre-sale special edition of Galen Kipar Project’s new album at the show as well as Jen and the Juice’s latest album, “Fruit”.  There will also be a few asheville artists setting up their wares as well.

Photo by Lydia See

Details at a Glance:
Galen Kipar and Jen and the Juice
Thursday, December 17th
Grey Eagle

doors 8pm, $5
Two alternating 45min set each
(828) 232-5800
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC 28801

www.galenkipar.com
www.jenandthejuice.com

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Performances by Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, Bawn in the Mash (from Kentucky), Dwayne Brooke (From The Woodshedders), and The Keel Brothers (Larry and Gary).


Video Preview by  G Social Media/ AskAsheville.

LARRY KEEL AND NATURAL BRIDGE is undeniably the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating Acoustic Americana ensemble performing today. Period. Lead by award-winning Flatpicking Guitar genius Larry Keel, this group takes Bluegrass instrumentation into totally surprising places and spaces, from the purest traditional forms to the most astonishing experimental sonic journeys a listener can undertake. The mission is always clear: to let technical skill, honest emotion and fearlessness connect their playing and singing to their audience, to entertain and to thoroughly ENJOY the experience! “We hope,” says Keel to reporter TJ Boley, “to achieve a commonness between everyone that listens to our music, and let the magic of the music take over the moment and bring everyone together. We want them to be pulled into the music.”

Keel himself absorbed the best lessons of his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born TALENT with his own incomparable approach to flatpicking the guitar and to his original music. The combination is pretty irresistible, and has earned Keel the highest respect and billing among the top acoustic musicians alive, and some now gone: Tony Rice, Vassar Clements, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, John Hartford, Bill Monroe, Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, to name a few. And his fierce, high-spirited energy also appeals to young rockers, jammers and alt country pickers and fans who are equally drawn to Keel’s deep rumbling voice, his earthy and imaginative song-writing, and his down-home-gritty-good-time charm. Keel regularly collaborates with JamBand and Rock giants Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Jorma Kaukonen, David Nelson, Jim Lauderdale, members of String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon, amongst others.

Joining the award-winning Flatpickin legend are his MIGHTY band Natural Bridge: Mark Schimick on mandolin and vocals, Jason Flournoy on banjo and vocals, and wife Jenny Keel holding strong on upright bass and vocals. You won’t believe what these musicians achieve with just these simple, acoustic instruments, with nothing but volume enhancement to deliver the musical message. One live encounter with this artist and his band proves undeniably and out loud to the world that they are the best at what they do and they cannot be replicated, thus placing them in a musical class all theirown: LARRY KEEL AND NATURAL BRIDGE will amaze you!

Fishing Reel Video of Larry Keel and Natural Bridge at Watermelon Park Fest ’09
Internet Archives for Larry Keel live recordings

Bawn in the Mash is Experimental Americana for Intergalactic Folk. “Bawn in the Mash bridge the rarely traversed gap between bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll with the effortlessness of careful students of both.”- The Nashville Scene. They are from Paducah, KY. www.bawninthemash.com

Dwayne Brooke is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter who shines out like a ray of moonshine from the dense tangle we call West Virginia. Somewhere between Jimi Hendrix and Stephen Foster he became enchanted, and thus supremely influenced, by the (awesome) musical stylings of Django Reinhardt. He has rendered forth a host of modestly incredible songs, which sources report, cause listeners to “furiously oscillate their hind-parts and experience satori…” Dwayne is also crown-prince of “The Woodshedders”, the amazing septet that explores the boundaries of traditional acoustic music, and bring forward an array of influences including Swing, Old-Time, Bluegrass, Rhythm & Blues, and especially the Hot Club Jazz of Django Reinhardt. The Woodshedders’ debut CD “Catch That Yardbird” just won the JustPlainFolks Roots Album of the Year Award for 09. http://www.thewoodshedders.com

The Keel Brothers consider that their music is deeply rooted in their father Jim Keel’s generation and his musical tastes, drawing on selections from the earliest Stanley Brothers, Hank Williams, Doc and Merle Watson, Classic Country Gentlemen, fiddle tunes and flatpicking guitar tunes and old ballads that were always a part of the weekly “jam sessions” of the Keels’ large circle of Bluegrass picker-friends. It was Larry’s older brother Gary (older by 12 years) who taught him to play the guitar at age 7, and bought him his first instrument. The “Keel Brothers” project is the long overdue glimpse into the fantastic family energy that launched young Larry into virtuoso playing by the age of 17. Listen to the Keel Brothers here.

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