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Inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the rich musical traditions tied to them, Tara Mills describes her music as, "blue ridge mountain folk;” an original blend of folk, bluegrass, and americana.
Writing and singing most of her life, it wasn’t long before Tara picked up a guitar and taught herself how to express the melodies in her head through her songs and hauntingly beautiful lyrics. Influenced by bluegrass, old country, and traditional mountain folk, she creates an original sound that captures true human feeling and emotion.
Based out of Charlottesville, VA, Tara plays and writes in a couple of different musical projects. Her most recent solo project, Tara Mills with Strings Attached, incorporates some of the areas most talented musicians performing original blue ridge folk and bluegrass. The band consists of an upright bass, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, banjo, mandolin, and sometimes fiddle and dobro.
In Tara’s current project, Yankee Dixie, she combines her lyrics and voice with Ohio native John Howard to create a very powerful yet driving original sound described as a mix of modern day folk, bluegrass, and americana. Tara and John alternate between playing the guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmonica and are backed up by Turtle Zwadlo on the upright bass.
Tara Mills with Strings Attached and Yankee Dixie have played at many music festivals including The Festy Experience, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Campout East, Camp Barefoot, The Crozet Music Festival, The Blue Ridge Oyster Festival, Mountain Cove Music Festival, and many other venues, radio and television broadcasts, and on the internet.