With vivid storytelling, vibrant musicianship and arresting honesty, Asheville NC’s Tellico explores the beauty of songcraft through the lens of the Appalachian stringband tradition. Tellico features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle, originally from the mountains of southwest Virginia, steeped in the tones of bluegrass and folk but seasoned by travels across the world and back. Tellico’s most recent album Woven Waters (Organic Records), produced by Irish guitar legend John Doyle (Transatlantic Sessions, Joan Baez, Tim O’Brien), was #9 on WNCW’s Top 100 Albums of 2018.
Hinkle has toured nationally and internationally for over a decade and has developed as a notable songwriter. Her song “Courage for the Morning” off Tellico’s new album was #1 on the Folk Radio DJ charts in November 2018, and her song “Ballad of Zona Abston” was the winner of the Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition and a finalist in the Hazel Dickens Song Contest and in 2019. Her song “Ever What They Say” off of Tellico’s freshman effort Relics and Roses was included in the prestigious Songwriter Showcase at the 2016 conference of the International Bluegrass Music Association. No Depression writes, “Tellico reminds us cannot abandon our own humanity, even when others try to grind it out of us.”
Anya Hinkle and Tellico are poised for an exciting 2019 with international tours to France and Japan, official artist showcases at the World of Bluegrass International Bluegrass Music Association conference, MerleFest, Albino Skunk Festival, North Carolina Folk Festival, and more. Check our calendar for a complete schedule.