Tellico + Hank, Pattie and the Current

The Grey Eagle and Worthwhile Sounds Present

Tellico + Hank, Pattie and the Current

Fri, June 30, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is all ages


Asheville-based roots-Americana band Tellico celebrates the release of their second album Woven Waters at the The Grey Eagle on Friday January 18th at 8pm (doors 7pm). The show will feature the band’s signature “Appalachiacana” sound combined with the unmistakable groove of the album’s producer, the renowned Irish musician John Doyle. The show also features Doyle’s own innovative style that has redefined the Celtic music genre. Tickets are available for this very special evening of music at for $17 in advance or $20 at the door.
About the show:
With their honest, heartfelt songwriting and unmistakable sound, Tellico crafts Woven Waters, an album that blends Appalachian sensibilities and British Isles influence, creating an eclectic set of poignant songs that speak to our modern times. The group worked with noted Irish musician John Doyle to create and record in real-time in the studio of Grammy-nominated engineer David Arnold in Johnson City, TN. The practice brought the group to uncharted territory in their musical landscape, built upon their core sound, but with an enhanced level of awareness to texture and melody. Augmented by Doyle’s contribution on bouzouki on much of the album, the chord choices, instrumental themes and rhythmic dynamics intertwine, carefully weaving together the natural flow of each song’s intent, and inspiring the album’s title.
The album is a follow up to the group’s debut album Relics and Roses (2015), which gathered accolades from tastemakers and earned them appearances at some of the country’s most prestigious festivals (MerleFest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival). The group formed in 2014 from members of Asheville bluegrass bands Dehlia Low and Town Mountain.
At Tellico’s core is the voice of Anya Hinkle, evoking tones of Gillian Welch, Natalie Merchant, and Hazel Dickens. With arresting honesty, her singing and songwriting comes from the heart. Her foil can be found in fellow songwriter and vocalist Greg “Stig” Stiglets. Inspired by the events of daily life, his attention to melody and groove help to further showcase the instrumental prowess of the band.
Both Aaron Ballance (dobro, lap and pedal steel) and Jed Willis (mandolin, clawhammer banjo, electric guitar) hail from North Carolina, a state that itself provides its own conservatory for musical study. Both musicians are veteran players, having studied from first-generation roots music pioneers and serious practitioners of the genre in the classrooms of countless jam sessions, gigs, and bands through the years.

The four musicians deepen their awareness each year of the synergy among them while eyeing terrain that is yet uncovered.

Official video for “Courage for the Morning,” the first track from Woven Waters, and audio links for tracks off the new album can be found here:

“If you want to hear how modern Americana mountain music should sound, here it is.” -Martin Anderson WNCW-FM Spindale, NC

“’Woven Waters’ is a stunning follow-up from one of the most dynamic and interesting bands on the Americana scene. With a clear mastery of the many influences that make the music of Appalachia compelling, and a modern sense of groove that makes the songs impossible to forget - Tellico has firmly inserted themselves into fine company as one of North Carolina's best bands.”
--Jacob Sharp, Mipso

Producer John Doyle, best known for innovative guitar work and arrangements in Solas, the Irish-American supergroup, has performed and recorded with some of the most well-known musicians in Celtic music today. Nominated for a Grammy for his album “Double Play” with fiddler Liz Carroll, Doyle has had his hand in an astonishing number of notable recordings and collaborations in the Celtic genre.

Doyle has also worked with some of the most important voices in American folk music including Tim O’Brien, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Joan Baez. He was a core member of the popular “Transatlantic Sessions” recordings with Jerry Douglas, Sara Watkins, Kathy Mattea, and many others. There are few artists more respected, both within Irish music and the broader genre of acoustic music, or more in demand in the studio, as a songwriter, and as a performer.

John Doyle on Mountain Stage:

“Doyle on guitar has risen to a level occupied by him alone…one of the world’s best acoustic guitarists. Mind-vaultingly good…” --The Wall Street Journal

“A complete rhythm section all on his own” --Chicago Tribune

“Doyle’s superpowered accompaniment in trad-music settings is a marvel” -- Acoustic Guitar Magazine
Hank, Pattie and the Current
Hank, Pattie and the Current
Bluegrass ambassadors Hank Smith and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw join forces once again with their original and energetic new soulgrass band, Hank and Pattie. Hank and Pattie take traditional bluegrass and infuse it with their own flair, drawing from a melting pot of styles including Latin and Jazz, which adds up to an authentic and unique reflection of American music. “We all come from different backgrounds but seem to have a common link that has connected us from the beginning. Each individual brings his or her piece of the puzzle to the table, and this ensemble forms its own unique sound,” Pattie says in a September, 2015, article in Bluegrass Today. While some of the music sounds old school and some sounds fresh and new, their overall musicianship, vocal harmonies, impassioned delivery and innovative arrangements captivate all generations of music lovers. Both Hank and Pattie are music educators, passionate about teaching the next generation how to make this music and deliver it with feeling and emotion. “It's important to make sure students and fans alike can access themselves and the greater whole with music and art to express themselves in a positive way,” says Hank.

Hank Smith Growing up in rural Florence, SC--where summer heat indices top 120 degrees--a teenaged Hank Smith could only find respite by locking himself up in his room and playing banjo for hours and hours. Here he readily consumed and thrived on a diet of banjo music from a variety of sources. Making its home in a nearby state park, the Southeastern Bluegrass Assoc. would meet the first Saturday of every month for a jam and concert. Hank attended these local meetings and by hiding in the back of jam groups, watching fingers, and listening for changes, he figured out how to operate the instrument that was to be his lifeblood. After a year and a half, Hank went to college at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC where, finding no one with whom to play bluegrass, he instead discovered a diverse community of musicians with a far reaching body of influence and absorbed all manner of rock, jazz, reggae, folk, blues, classical and anything in between. In that time, he earned a BA and eventually an MA in Middle Eastern History.
Upon earning his MA, he went on tour full-time with Raleigh, NC jamgrass juggernaut, Barefoot Manner. Hank toured the country extensively with Barefoot Manner until the band left the road in 2009, and he has since played in a variety of projects such as The Hotwires, The Kickin Grass Band, and No Strings Attached. Currently, he hosts a weekly bluegrass oriented music series called Beer & Banjos, presented by Younger Brother Productions with Tir Na Nog Irish Pub and fronts the world's first and only tribute to Bela Fleck and the Flecktones: Blu-Bop. Hank also maintains a roster of around 25 students in banjo, mandolin and guitar privately and through the Raleigh Music Academy where he continues to train an army of banjo students and will soon unleash them upon the world...when no one expects it.

Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw began playing the violin at age four and received her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogue Certification from East Carolina University studying with Joanne Bath and Ara Gregorian. Pattie is an extremely versatile musician and has a tremendous talent for Fiddling as well as Classical Violin. She has studied with Fiddling legends Bobby Hicks and Mark O’Connor. Pattie also has a passion for the education of young fiddlers and also holds her certification in the Mark O’Connor American Violin Method. She resided in Asheville, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee playing regularly on Broadway while helping to start the Bluegrass Underground Project in McMinnville, TN. Pattie has made appearances at a variety of music venues on the East Coast. Pattie has also made special guest appearances with famous and talented musicians including Don Helms, Bobby Osbourne, and Charlie Daniels. She currently holds two private studios in North Carolina and is frequently invited to teach workshops throughout the United States for both Fiddling and Classical instruction. She performs regularly in the Eastern United States and is currently a member of multiple ensembles including the Trent River Chamber Players, The Long Bay Symphony in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and bluegrass and Americana project the Lynda & Pattie duo. She loves spending time sailing on the coast, playing music with friends and loves to travel!

Hank and Pattie are backed by an all-star band comprised of North Carolina musicians E. Scott Warren on Bass, Ben Parker on guitar and vocals, and Robert Thornhill on mandolin and vocals.

Hank and Pattie are recording a new album of original material out Spring 2016 on Robust Records.

Hank and Pattie take a bold new direction to the traditional music world with their take on the form. Hank sums it up perfectly in a September article in Bluegrass Today: “It will be a one stop shop for all of the musical influences we’ve ever had.”
Venue Information:
The Grey Eagle
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC, 28801