On Saturday, March 9th, the Shady Grove Coffeehouse continues its eighteenth season with a concert by Americana virtuosos Tellico, a young, up-and-coming Americana music group. Firmly planted in Asheville, North Carolina’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. Vocals by Anya Hinkle and Stig Stiglets, merge with Aaron Ballance’s flowing and soaring dobro and Jed Willis’ textured and expressive mandolin, all rooted in the mountain music they grew up with while pushing tradition into a modern Americana sound aesthetic.
Storytelling is at the helm of Tellico’s music. They wrote all of the songs on their most recent album except “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, leaving her with the “backstep blues”.
Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge; teens 13-18 are admitted at half price. Net proceeds benefit UUCC. For advance tickets, or more information, call (804) 323-4288, visit the Shady Grove web site at www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.