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Anya Hinkle and Akira Satake Release New Single “Coming Home”
Released July 29

“The song harkens to childhood and summer scenes—baseball, shooting stars, an ‘evening train,’ and the nostalgic scent of mama’s home cooking…”
First Listen at Folk Alley

Presave “Coming Home” →

Hinkle Tours Colorado in August
(See the full list of tour date below)

ASHEVILLE, NC — Born in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, Anya Hinkle’s music is steeped in the tones of folk and bluegrass, and seasoned by travels across the world with her vivid storytelling, vibrant musicianship, and arresting honesty. 

For her latest single, Hinkle teamed up with Japanese banjoist and composer Akira Satake to release “Coming Home,” a nostalgic and spare song with echoes of a childhood summer in Japan. The single will be out July 29 and is available to presave now

Folk Alley’s Kim Ruehl calls the song a “beautiful collaboration” and premiered the lyric video for “Coming Home saying, “Satake’s inimitable banjo rolls paces in the background, supporting and holding aloft Hinkle’s poetic lyricism with pride, like a summer flower in a child’s fist.”

Akira Satake & Anya Hinkle

Anya says, “Akira had written a beautiful instrumental called ‘Coming Home’ and asked me to write lyrics to go with it. When I asked him what the song was about, he shared some memories of his childhood in Osaka, Japan. I tried to capture the details of the sounds, sights, tastes, and smells of Japan in late summer—children playing baseball in the city, the smells of food cooking as you wander through narrow alleys, the sounds of bicycles and trains, the resounding songs of cicadas. It’s a pleasure collaborating again with Akira.” 

This is the second release of a Hinkle/Satake collaboration; the first, “Hills of Swannanoa,” which appears on Hinkle’s album Eden and Her Borderlands (Organic Records 2021), won runner-up in the 18th International Acoustic Music Awards song competition in the country/bluegrass category. In 2019, she won the MerleFest Chris Austin song contest and was a finalist in the Hazel Dickens songwriting competition for her song “Ballad of Zona Abston.” 

PopMatters calls Hinkle, “A burgeoning force behind the Appalachian roots revival,” and AmericanaUK writes, “Certainly striking, certainly beautiful… everything one could look for in a bluegrass-tinged Americana.”

Anya began her recording career in 2007 for the Virginia Folklife label, The Crooked Road, before moving to Asheville, NC, where she founded bands Dehlia Low (Rebel Records) and Tellico (Organic Records). She released the first full-length album under her own name, Eden and Her Borderlands, in July 2021 to favorable reviews from the genre’s top media outlets including No Depression, Folk Alley, and PopMatters, with features in The Bluegrass Situation, Americana Highways, and more. Several songs placed on Spotify editorial playlists such as Indigo and Grass Roots, and the album was “Bubblin’ Up” on the Americana Radio Chart.

Anya has recorded some 10 albums in various collaborations both in the US and Japan, and in March 2022, she released a single,Nightingale (соловейко) – Bootleg for Peace,” that raised over $2,000 for Ukrainian relief. Hinkle is currently working on her second studio album under her name, slated for release in 2023.

Just back from her second European tour in May 2022, Anya tours regionally and nationally as well as extensively in Japan. She has played stages at MerleFest, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, La Roche Bluegrass Festival (France), Bristol Rhythm & Roots, and has supported/performed with Mipso, John Doyle, Malcolm Holcombe, The Stray Birds, and many others. 

Anya will be touring through Colorado this summer, including appearances at Red Rocks Summer on the Plaza Music Series, joined by her cousin, Denver-based bassist Troy Robey [Taarka, Jake Leg].

See Anya Hinkle’s tour dates below and catch up on her latest news at www.anyahinkle.cominstagram.com/anyahinkle.music, and facebook.com/anyahinkle.music. Check out her Youtube and Spotify for more music.

Anya Hinkle
Photo by WW Reaves

Anya Hinkle on Tour:
8/4 Thu – The Purple Onion – Saluda, NC w/ Julian Pinelli
8/5 Fri – Jones House – Boone, NC w/ Andrew Finn Magill

Colorado Dates
8/9 Tue – KGNU 88.5 FM & 1390 AM – Boulder, CO
8/9 Tue – Five Points Live! – Denver, CO *
8/10 Wed –  A Church – Salida, CO *
8/11 Thu – Wallis House Concert – Carbondale, CO *
8/12 Fri – Healthy Rhythm Listening Room – Montrose *
8/13-14 Sat-Sun – Red Rocks Summer on the Plaza Music Series – Morrison, CO
8/14 Sun – Old Town House Concerts – Colorado Springs, CO *
8/17 Wed – Gold Hill Inn – Boulder, CO
8/18 Thu – Listening At The Legion – Estes Park, CO*
8/19 Fri – The Post – Denver, CO *
8/20 Sat – Woodie Fisher – Denver, CO *
*with Troy Robey on Bass

Further shows:
9/11 Sun – Charlotte Folk Society – Charlotte, NC
9/23 Fri – Oskar Blues Brewery – Brevard, NC
10/1 Sat – Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival 2022 – Oriental, NC
10/2 Sun – Schoolkids Records – Raleigh, NC

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By M. K. Barnes

UNLIKE MOST MUSICIANS who pick up and fiddle with a guitar or bass sometime in their teenage years, Larry Keel was submerged in the bluegrass culture from the moment he left the womb.

Larry Keel As soon as he was old enough his brother and father — both talented musicians — began teaching him the basics: timing, rhythm, and of course how to tune a guitar. From there Keel began to educate himself in classical bluegrass music — finding the aspects he respected from each musician and fine-tuning it, so that it would complement his developing style.

By the time he was 18 he was contracted through the Disney Corporation to play at Disneyland in Tokyo. “I had a friend that was living in Orlando, FL, that had answered an ad in the newspaper for Musicians Wanted and he asked me to come down and do an audition for Disneyland,” Keel explains. “We were contracted and hired as a bluegrass band.”

While many of his peers attended college or worked at local stores in his hometown, Keel played six shows a day, six days a week, proving that he had more than just talent. Although the job was demanding, especially on a teenager, Keel managed to blossom and fine-tune his music with the elements of the Japanese culture to which he was exposed.

“I spent a lot of time seeing the sights over there — the temples and the whole countryside and meeting a lot of the people … I watched a lot of Japanese movies and heard their music and style. It slowly drifts into you, and the whole picture influences everything.”

After returning home from Japan, Keel began to tour the United States with various bluegrass bands, playing at popular festivals such as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, where he won first place in its highly competitive guitar competition. Even though he was younger than most of the people with whom he played, Keel didn’t allow himself to become arrogant. With every person he met and every song he played he attempted to learn something new. Before the age of 20 he realized something most musicians spend a lifetime learning: There is always someone better, and there is always something new to learn.

With this in mind, Keel began to compose many of the original songs that he is known for today, while still allowing himself to cover traditional songs with a slightly different twist. “I definitely try to pay tribute to the songwriter and musicians that have come before me when performing their songs. But at the same time I feel like they were being original when they wrote the songs, and I feel like it’s my duty to write music, too, instead of just covering,” Keel clarifies.

However, Keel didn’t stop with simply making music. Recently he has moved to the big screen, composing two songs on the set of the movie The Man They Couldn’t Hang, where he also plays the role of the prison warden. “We actually did write the music for the parts on the spot; we were in an old, haunted prison and we were doing a scene about a warden getting ready to have a hanging that morning, and we had to create a somber, scary sort of feeling — we called it the Jail House Waltz.”

Even with his success, Keel has still managed to stay true to his bluegrass roots, offering his listeners the unaltered sound of the mountains. “I know every time I play my music or recorded it, that my music is very real and it is exactly the way it’s played. It’s not a bunch of manufactured, commercial music that you hear so much of — my music is very real and from the soul.”
Larry Keel and Natural Bridge will be playing at The Soap Box on Thursday, August 6th. http://www.larrykeel.com

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