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PATIO SHOW: Sara Jean Kelley + Sonia Leigh

July 14 @ 5:00 pm

Sara Jean Kelley + Sonia Leigh play The Grey Eagle’s outdoor patio stage on THU July 14 at 5pm! It’s an ALL AGES show, doors open at 4pm.






A river beneath a river with an edgy sense of humor, Sara Jean Kelley is an explorer, a rescuer, naturalist, and an active member of her creative community. Born and raised by the venerable bluegrass songwriter, Irene Kelley, Sara loves wild plants and animals and music and people and has the scars and stories to prove it. Sara’s songs are conceptual, yet relatable. Her voice is timeless, yet singularly her own. And her delivery can shift, like the weather, from dark and sultry, to light-as-a-feather.

A triple Scorpio, she has been compared to Brandi Carlile, Patty Griffin, and Lucinda Williams, and has already shared the stage with legends such as Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. Sara studied evolutionary biology in Durango, Colorado and her first EP, The Wild explored her connection with the earth, and the soil; the relationship she has with and honor she holds for the natural world. Sara’s latest EP, Black Snake is about life and death, transformation and rebirth, strength and resilience; all the things you experience in your early thirties that you wish you had known a decade earlier.


Sonia Leigh’s sound is a bit like Bruce Springsteen, Melissa Etheridge, and The Killers smashed with the lip curl, growling swag of Joan Jett. She brings that same wild fire to her live shows, keeping your ear tuned in to her prolific lyrics that evoke a visceral response.

Sonia made her country catapult on Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Records in 2011 with “My Name Is Money” hitting top 40 on billboard hot 100 charts. Followed up landing two #1 songs for Zac Brown Band with “Goodbye in Her Eyes” and “Sweet Annie” on their grammy winning record Uncaged.

Recent independent leaps span genres weaving into Americana, pop, alt-rock, and even hip-hop. Her 2018 full length release titled Mad Hatter showcases her production skills and versatility with easy flow. In 2020 here single “Give You Love” offers a sweeter pop side that sways and bleeds. Then a quick surprise followed up with “King Without a Kingdom” feat. Rob The Man that swings with a hard grunge rock fist. In December 2021 the rerelease of “1978 December” produced by Roger Taylor (drummer for the rock band Queen) shows the song in a more cinematic light and highlights her piano skills. This is no surprise to her fans, musical fluidity have always been a catalyst for Sonia’s creativity.

She has toured the world with the likes of Eric Church, Melissa Etheridge, BONES UK, Zac Brown Band, Uncle Kracker, Brett Young, Michael Ray, Eli Young Band and shared stages with legends such as Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, and Joan Jett.

In 2019 she caught the eye of BMG New York and quickly signed on as song writer. Her music has been featured on hit T.V. shows, promo’s, feature films and video games, rapidly gaining her a name in the music sync world. Sonia’s conviction can hush a room and shake the walls with her raw, raspy energy, squeezing every drop out of the stage. She is currently touring and working on her new album due out 2022.



The Grey Eagle
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC 28801 United States


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