Dehlia Low

Artist of the Month | August 2011

 

Dehlia Low uses K&K pickups for upright bassviolin and acoustic guitars.

“Dehlia Low uses K&K acoustic pick-ups because we are looking for the most authentic amplified sound, and with K&K we get just that. It sounds like our instruments, only louder.”

Dehlia Low pushes bluegrass squarely into the emerging Americana genre, combining their tenacious, authentic vocal style with extraordinary instrumental prowess in original songs that feel at once both old and new. Their upcoming album, Ravens & Crows (Pre-order on the Store page) to be released August 2nd, will be their first on the venerable Rebel Records label (Ralph Stanley, Steep Canyon Rangers), and is an eagerly-anticipated follow up to their acclaimed 2009 independent studio release “Tellico.” Since stepping off the stage at Merlefest in 2010, the distinctively Appalachian country/bluegrass sound of Dehlia Low has transcended their native Blue Ridge, bringing the band across the US and Canada on their exciting 2011 tour.

Dehlia Low came together in late 2007 as part of Asheville, North Carolina’s roots music renaissance. Singers Anya Hinkle (from Blacksburg, VA on fiddle) and Stacy Claude (from Atlanta, GA on guitar) pulled together a group of talented pickers from the region: Aaron Ballance on dobro (Winston-Salem, NC), Bryan Clendenin on mandolin (Hurricane, WV) and Greg Stiglets on bass (Jackson, MS). The group’s sound is focused on original music rooted in bluegrass but with a distinctive country/folk feel true to their southern Appalachian roots.

By early 2008, just a half year after playing their first show at Asheville’s Grey Eagle, the band’s first self-titled EP record was on radio waves across the US. Its astonishing reception on Western North Carolina’s WNCW as #16 of its best new releases of 2008 gave Dehlia Low unexpectedly rapid regional notoriety. The band increased their touring radius and repertoire, resulting in their first studio release “Tellico” in 2009 and an exciting national tour in support of the album. That year, Dehlia Low recorded a videotaped set for PBS affiliates carrying the “Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s” series, performed at Rhythm and Roots (Bristol, TN), Pickathon (Portland, OR) and the Durango (CO) Meltdown, in addition to extensive regional performing.

In 2010, Dehlia Low expanded its audience by orders of magnitude after well-received sets at several of the most renowned music festivals in the country, Merlefest and Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. Their Merlefest set was released by FestivaLink.net, and selections from their performance were selected for a Bluegrass Trust Fund compilation CD alongside the likes of the Krueger Brothers and Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers. The group recorded a number of other performances at some of the best venues in the southeastern region, including the Grey Eagle, the Down Home and the Mockingbird; tracks from these performances were included on their November 2010 release “Live,” capturing the magic of alive Dehlia Low show.

In the Merlefest 2010 Bluegrass Spotlight, Diane Amov wrote, “The heartfelt mountain sounds of this new band recall the Carter Family and the Stanley Brothers.” Bluegrass Unlimited states, “Although the band is an all-acoustic aggregation, their musical style extends beyond the boundaries of bluegrass… Dehlia Low is rapidly becoming a musical force to watch for.” And Iaan Hughes describes them as “one of those kinds of bands that I just really fall in love with “in No Depression”.

Dehlia Low is pleased to announce their newest project, Ravens & Crows, a studio album to be released August 2nd, 2011 through the oldest and most respected bluegrass record label, Rebel Records. The project was recorded in Asheville and produced by Travis Book of Grammy-nominated and IBMA emerging artist winners The Infamous Stringdusters. You can pre-order the album under the Store tab, which will get you an advance, autographed copy shipped to your home ahead of the release date.

You can learn more about Dehlia Low at http://www.dehlialow.com.

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