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“With deep warm tones, intimate vocals, vivid lyrics, natural arrangements, and emotional solos Tellico masterfully draws the listener into the center of their original songs...Through their wonderful musicianship they never fail to create an atmosphere that perfectly enhances their storytelling.” — Chad Manning, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience

“Wonderfully original mountain music.” — Martin Anderson,WNCW-FM

“....wonderfully original mountain music. Sometimes they sound like what Kate Wolf would sound like had she come from the Southern Appalachians - a beloved image if you ask me.” —Martin Anderson, Music Director, WNCW-FM

“The album of mostly original songs is superbly orchestrated and delivered taking the listener on an auditory odyssey that ranges from soulful and deep to upbeat and euphoric. Anya, Aaron, Stig, and Jed have woven a tapestry that is timeless and authentic and deserving of your attention.” —Steve Johnson, Event Producer/Artist Relations Manager, Wilkesboro, NC

“Tellico makes acoustic music that is both true to tradition and uniquely their own. It's music that has appeal for die-hard Americana and roots music fans, while it offers something to folks who never liked songs that even came close to a pair of overalls. Tellico threads the needle of top-notch musicianship and compelling songwriting while simultaneously honoring their forebears and making music that is fresh and new.” —Joe Kendrick, Southern Songs and Stories

“Asheville, NC has produced some of the most interesting new sounds in the modern bluegrass and old time music scene of late. Something about the community there is drawing creative people, and clumping them together to make string band music that pushes boundaries while holding on to tradition. Tellico is such a group...” — John Lawless, Bluegrass Today

“It's a mighty impressive band that can take a sound which is literally as old as the hills, and then repurpose it with an approach that's vital and exciting. Yet, that's what Tellico has done on their maiden outing, with the result that they've suddenly gone from zero to sixty on this initial attempt.” — Lee Zimmerman, Blurt Magazine

“On the new Relics and Roses, Asheville's Tellico puts their 'Appalachiacana' sound to work showcasing some of what western North Carolina is known for....” — The Bluegrass Situation

“Tellico picks up where Dehlia Low left off, focusing and refining their sound. Relics and Roses is... step forward in songwriting, with Anya Hinkle and Greg 'Stig' Stiglets crafting an acoustic soundscape of Appalachian daydreams that stack up to the works of John Hartford, Emmylou Harris and the Avett Brothers. Songs like 'I Want To Know' reach out and grab you immediately - a captivating album.” —Joe Kendrick, Program Director, WNCW

Firmly planted in Asheville NC's thriving roots music scene, Tellico is well schooled in bluegrass but with an unbridled organic "Appalachiacana" sound, combining some of the finest voices, songs and instrumental prowess in western North Carolina and beyond. Anya Hinkle's and Stig Stiglets' committed, authentic vocals are alloyed with Aaron Ballance's flowing and soaring dobro and Jed Willis' textured and expressive mandolin, rooted in the mountain music they grew up with while pushing tradition into a modern Americana sound aesthetic.

Tellico independently releases their debut album Relics and Roses on June 2, 2015. The album features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle) and Stig Stiglets (bass), and showcases Aaron Ballance on dobro and pedal and lap steel and Jed Willis on mandolin and clawhammer banjo. Relics and Roses is the first since Anya, Stig, and Aaron formed Tellico after recording four records with the Asheville-based bluegrass band Dehlia Low, whose final album Ravens and Crows was released on the Rebel Records label in 2011.

Storytelling is at the helm of Tellico's music. All of the songs on Relics and Roses were penned by Hinkle and Stiglets with the exception White Line-River of Pride, a Neil Young and Crazy Horse medley of two dirty electric rock tunes buttoned up bluegrass-style. "I love how the songs on Relics and Roses sound with these musicians covering all details that I didn't even realize I was longing to hear. The band's rich playing overlays absolutely perfectly with the meanings of the songs, whether playful and amusing or searching, haunting and lonely," says Hinkle.

Anya Hinkle: Born in Blacksburg, VA, I grew up playing fiddle and guitar and singing in church choir. In college, I became interested in fingerstyle blues guitar and singing in addition to bluegrass. Later I began studying fiddle and harmony singing in the trenches of bluegrass festivals, jams and late night parties in northern California. In 2005 I began exploring old time duet singing with Jackson Cunningham (White Top Mountain Band) in and around the Floyd Country Store jam after moving back to Virginia. We recorded a cd for the Crooked Road: Virginia Heritage series called Old Time Duets. In 2006 I moved to Asheville, NC where I met Stig and Aaron and the other members of the bluegrass band Dehlia Low. We recorded three independently-released albums together between 2007 and 2010; our fourth album, "Ravens and Crows," was released on Rebel Records in 2011.

Stig Stiglets: I'm originally from Jackson Misissippi. I developed an interest in music early, which wavered before it stuck. I started gigging around Jackson in my 20's, doing the folk/blues troubadour sort of thing. Moved to Asheville NC in 1999 and fell in love with the music scene there, particularly bluegrass and old time. I became active in the robust singer/songwriter circuit in Asheville and played with various groups including County Farm and The Hightown Strutters. Jumped at the chance to play bass for Dehlia Low, which had a great deal of success as a touring and recording act and I'm excited to be a part of Tellico to see where we go next...

Aaron Ballance: I'm originally from Winston-Salem, NC, where I studied guitar with Jeff Foxall, and began performing publically at age 17, playing the electric guitar with various rock bands. During my last year in college in 2003, I bought a dobro, and from 2003-05, was a frequent guest with Boss Hawg, Wise Apple, and various bluegrass acts in the North Carolina High Country. In 2005 I was a finalist in the National Resonator Guitar Competition. I moved to Asheville in 2006, and began freelancing there on dobro and steel guitar. I co-founded Dehlia Low in 2007, and performed with that group from 2007 to 2013. In 2010, I won the Rockygrass Dobro Championship in Lyons, Colorado. In addition to working with Dehlia Low, I've played dobro and lap steel with Asheville-songwriter Galen Kipar since 2008, and also worked with Piedmont-songwriter Bruce Piephoff.

Jed Willis: I began playing mandolin under Charles Pettee at 15 in my hometown of Chapel Hill, NC. By age 20 I was a working musician playing in bands across the country including The High Town Strutters (Asheville, NC) with Stig, and Steam Powered Airplane (Jackson, WY). In 2004 I helped found Asheville-based bluegrass band Town Mountain, and played mandolin for them until 2007. In recent years I have played regionally with various Asheville bands, performing styles that range from Rock (Wooden Toothe) to Classic Country (Cary Fridley & Down South) and from Folk-Punk (Hillside Bombers) to Old-time (Chompin at the Bit). Aside from these projects, I've also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with the likes of David Grisman, Larry Keel, The Biscuit Burners, Blue Jeans & Khaki Pants, Mary Ellen Davis (Swayback Sisters/formerly of Menage), and Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon).

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If you are interested in booking the band for a concert, festival or private event, please contact:

John Laird, The Americana Agency