New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Tellico announces the release of a new single, "Courage for the Morning" off their second studio album Woven Waters. The full album is set for release on November 9, 2018 on Organic Records. Legendary Irish musician John Doyle joined the band to produce the nine tracks at the studio of Grammy-nominated engineer David
Arnold. Tellico will be on tour in 2018-2019 to promote the project, featuring performances at festivals and listening rooms throughout the South East. (See www.tellicoband.com for full calendar).
With honest, heartfelt songwriting and an unmistakable sound, Asheville-based Tellico crafts Woven Waters, an album that blends the group's bluegrass sensibilities with British Isles influences, creating an eclectic collection of poignant folk songs. It's traditional roots music that speaks to our modern times.
Along with Tellico's core line-up,Anya Hinkle on vocals, guitar and fiddle; Greg "Stig" Stiglets on vocals, upright bass and harmonica; Aaron
Ballance on dobro and lap steel guitar; and Jed Willis on mandolin and telecaster, the album includes producer Doyle on bouzouki, providing his signature rhythmic backbone to a number of the compositions. Woven Waters also includes drummer David
Brewer. The effect of this studio line up offers a sound that is Appalachian Americana.
The first single "Courage for the Morning" written by Hinkle on Martin
Luther King Jr. Day, was inspired by current social and political events. "I was thinking about how people's actions can inspire others, from the great revolutionary leaders to the everyday efforts of ordinary people," says Hinkle. "This song, for me, has been about looking inward to see how each one of us can be the change that is so desperately needed in this world. So, if you sing along to this song, you will be saying to yourself 'I will walk, I will sing, I will bring a little courage for the morning.' That is something each one of us can take to heart and really think about: What is it that I can do to help another person in this world?"
At Tellico's core is the voice and guitar of Anya Hinkle, evoking tones of Gillian Welch. Her sound is rooted in the mountains of her native southwestern Virginia, but seasoned by travels across the world. With arresting honesty, her singing and songwriting comes from the heart. The foil to Hinkle can be found in fellow songwriter, vocalist, bass and harmonica player, Greg "Stig" Stiglets. Inspired from the stories and events of daily life, his attention to melody and groove help to further showcase the instrumental prowess of the band
Ballance (dobro, lap steel, pedal steel) and Jed Willis (mandolin, clawhammer banjo, electric guitar) hail from central North Carolina. The state itself provides its own conservatory for study, and its students learn from first generation roots music pioneers as well as serious students of the genre in the classrooms of jams, bands and festivals.
These four musicians deepen their awareness each year of the synergy among them while eyeing terrain that is yet uncovered. From their converged paths emerges a sound that has jelled over more than a decade of collaboration. Their freshman effort Relics and Roses was well-received, gathering accolades from tastemakers and earning them stage appearances at the country's most prestigious festivals (MerleFest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival) Tellicocontinues to grow as national touring artists bringing their ever expanding roots sound to an ever growing audience.