Tellico is the most recent product of Asheville NC's thriving roots music scene, its members well schooled in bluegrass but with an unbridled organic Appalachiacana sound. This new band as of 2014 features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle, vocals) and Stig Stiglets (bass, vocals), formerly of Dehlia Low, with Aaron Ballance (also formerly of Dehlia Low) on dobro and lap steel and Jed Willis (formerly of Town Mountain, Wooden Toothe) on mandolin, clawhammer banjo and telecaster. Well known for their rootsy, authentic singing and vocal harmony, as well as in the hard-edge nostalgic yet modern themes of their songwriting, the quartet combines some of the finest voices, songs and instrumental prowess in western North Carolina and beyond.
In previous lineups, the band's members have performed at some of the nation's most prestigious festivals and venues including Merlefest, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Mountain Song Festival, and the Freight and Salvage. Aaron also won the Rockygrass Dobro Competition in 2010. Anya, Stig and Aaron also recorded under the Rebel Records label in 2011 for Dehlia Low's "Ravens and Crows" album.
The band says, "Please join us! We will email you a link to download the songs on our website for a limited time during our Friendraiser Campaign that runs from May 1-July 31. Just add your email address to our mailing list (below) so we can keep you up to date with our concert calendar, music, news and more! To share this with a friend, click here!" The Friendraiser will run until July 31, and after that, the tracks will be taken down. It’s really pretty simple: just stop by http://tellicoband.com and there on the homepage you can join our mailing list and we will email you a link to a free download of some new original tunes. We are trying to get 500 email addresses during the Friendraiser, so please add yours to the list when you have a moment. If you know someone else you think might be interested in the download, there is info on the website about how to share it easily with them; even just one or two people would be a huge help!