Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers, along with Zoe & Cloyd, are coming to the Blue Ridge Music Center on Saturday September 1 at 7 p.m.!
An accomplished Americana instrumentalist with foundations in jazz and swing music, Phoebe Hunt puts a global spin on American folk music. The Texas-born Brooklynite recorded her new album, Shanti’s Shadow, on the heels of a meditation-filled musical retreat in India. The album title hints at the otherworldly music within, with Hunt merging her Appalachian-style fiddle chops with Texas twang, Indian ragas, gypsy jazz, unfamiliar time signatures, and the free-spirited fun of a jam band leader. Hunt certainly doesn’t neglect her roots, but she doesn’t wallow in the dirt of her influences, either.
Zoe & Cloyd spring from deep roots in American music. Founding members of the acclaimed Americana trio, Red June, and long-time veterans of the Asheville, NC music scene, Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller released their second full-length album, Eyes Brand New, in spring of 2017. Highlighting their emotive songwriting and signature harmonies, this new recording finds the duo returning to a full band sound with Kevin Kehrberg on bass, and special appearances from Will Straughan of Red June on dobro and Jens Kruger of the Kruger Brothers on banjo. Eyes Brand New showcases the breadth of their collective musical spirit, seamlessly combining original folk, country, old-time and bluegrass with sincerity and zeal. Zoe & Cloyd’s debut recording, Equinox (2015), met with high acclaim and the pair have continued to gain momentum with a 1st place win at the prestigious FreshGrass Festival Duo Contest along with performances at MerleFest, Music City Roots and more.