Backstep Blues from Tellico

TellicoAsheville, 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, who is set to release their debut album on June 2. The band structure is old time, but they feature the resonator guitar, which is more common in bluegrass.

The group consists of Anya Hinkle on guitar and lead vocals, Stig Stiglets on bass, Aaron Ballance on reso-guitar, and Jed Willis on mandolin and banjo. Hinkle, Stiglets, and Ballance had worked together previously with Dehlia Low, and Tellico was born when that band dissolved.

Pre-orders are available now for the debut album, which include an immediate download of the first single, a song of Anya’s called Backstep Blues.

Share this:

About the Author

John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.