Genre: Folk Americana Cover: $8 adv/$10 dos Ages: 21+ Event Listing: http://ashevillemusichall.com/music-schedule/event/the-whiskey-grins/
THE WHISKEY GRINS:
The Whiskey Grins are an upbeat Alt-country rock quintet featuring guitarist and vocalist Kelly Hannah, mandolin/guitar player and vocalist Richard Barrett, bass player Sean McFee, drummer Patrick Stacey and violinist Ellie Schwarz.
Ellie and Kelly began jamming together several years ago on back porches and in the living rooms of friends. Sometimes Ellie would sit in with Kelly & Sean's rock band, Kung Fu Dynamite. Eventually the duo was hired to perform a wedding ceremony that was to consist of all Widespread Panic cover tunes. A motivation to get together and rehearse turned into a weekly event, and Kelly and Ellie started to jam more and more.
In the fall of 2009 Luella's BBQ in Asheville, NC invited Ellie and Kelly to play a casual set once a month, and because their food is so good, the pair took the job. They began to notice that most of their rehearsals and the Luella's gigs happened to fall on Thursday nights. And the name of their first band was bornLittle Friday.
When Richard Barrett and Ellie reconnected an old friendship from their high school days in Georgia, Ellie knew he would be a great addition to the duo, and so he came on board. Richard comes from a musical family, specializing in bluegrass, gospel and jam band music, Richard rips on the mandolin!
As the sound progressed, so did the style of music the band was writing and performing. With many original songs by Barrett and Hannah the band felt the need to kick things up a notch and so they brought in their buddies Sean McFee on electric bass and Patrick Stacey on drums. The addition of these rockers helped fill out the sound and turn this once bluegrass acoustic duo into a powerhouse alternative Country band with a bluegrass feel, a rockin' soul and a lot of smiles!
Get out your shot glasses, put on your dancing shoes and fill up your heart with The Whiskey Grins!
Traditionally untraditional is how Sanctum Sully has described themselves since the release of their first album. With a new studio effort in hand, Trade Winds, these Asheville stringers are ready to show audiences just what that means.
By creating their own niche in the acoustic world, Sanctum Sully has gone from raw bluegrass jammers to a polished, five piece outfit that not only churns out rich, original mountain sounds during their energetic live performances, but has also been recognized as one of Western North Carolina's best bluegrass bands. (Mountain Xpress, 2010, 2011 & 2012)
After spending most of Fall 2011 in the studio with bluegrass veteran, Bill McDonald (who has recorded and engineered for Doc Watson, Balsam Range, IIIrd Time Out and more), The group cultivated a refined sound that remains rooted within the confines of acoustic bluegrass, while branching out into a pure mixing bowl of influences that puts the group into a category of their own.
"Working with Bill was a great experience for all of us. He's been playing and recording bluegrass for over 25 years and has a tremendous ear for vocals" said mandolin player and vocalist, Jay Franck.
Their experience in the studio showed deep growth in their playing, but specifically the vocal harmonies that the group had been trying to achieve since day one. Franck added, "Through Bill's guidance, we were really able to shape our 3-part harmonies and gain a better understanding of our individual rolesboth vocally and instrumentally."
Trade Winds is a strong testament of how Sanctum Sully has matured as a band with one thing on their mind; creating a colorful canvas that captures their true love for playing. "We're listening to each other more, on-stage and off, which has led to a more focused effort and our best material yet."
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Asheville Music Hall
31 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801