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At the heart of Grits & Soul are Southern songcrafters, Anna Kline and John Looney. As the name suggests, Grits & Soul represent the best parts of their Southern heritage by fusing mountain bluegrass and classic country with Mississippi soul and blues.
Based in the hotbed of roots music -- Asheville, North Carolina -- they continue to make their mark, not defining themselves by genre but bending the rules to create their own distinctive sound.
On the heels of their 2013 IBMA showcase appearance, Grits & Soul has attracted the attention of audiences in the Southeast, receiving coveted invitations to perform at large-scale festivals in 2014 including Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, and Albino Skunk Festival. 2015 invitations include Suwannee Springfest.
Grits & Soul is currently promoting their debut album, Flood Waters, which highlights them as gifted songwriters. Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine gave the team a glowing review, calling their collaboration "intriguing and enveloping."
Anna's powerhouse voice is “mesmerizing -- growling, slurring, soaring, swooping, notebending, word-bending...they're all a part of her power-packed technique."
John is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist: he sets the tone, wowing crowds with his interpretation of classic melodies, while his skills as a talented arranger shine through their original material.
Grits & Soul are a memorable musical team. Their voices blend together seamlessly. Their collaboration forges a connection between influences of hard-driving bluegrass, bar room honky tonk, Celtic, Southern gospel, and slow-burning, blues.
This combination of musicianship and compelling songwriting creates a memorable, fun, and powerful concert experience.
Audiences can't help but clap & sing along. You will, too.
They are currently working on new material and plan to record a new album in 2015.