“Every once in a while a band comes along that knocks me back on my heels. Well Tellico just did that for me. ”
— -Ronnie Norton, WSM Route 650 (Nashville)
With vivid storytelling, vibrant musicianship and arresting honesty, Asheville NC’s Tellico explores the beauty of songcraft through the lens of the Appalachian stringband tradition. Tellico features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle, originally from the mountains of southwest Virginia, steeped in the tones of bluegrass and folk but seasoned by travels across the world and back.
Anya has toured nationally and internationally for over a decade and has developed as a notable songwriter. Her song “Courage for the Morning” off Tellico’s freshly released album Woven Waters (Organic Records) was #1 on the Folk DJ charts in November 2018, and her song “Ballad of Zona Abston” was the winner of the Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition and a finalist in the Hazel Dickens Song Contest and in 2019. Her song “Ever What They Say” off of Tellico’s freshman effort Relics and Roses was included in the prestigious Songwriter Showcase at the 2016 conference of the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Tellico’s most recent album, produced by Irish guitar legend John Doyle (frequently with Transatlantic Sessions, Joan Baez, Tim O’Brien and more), was #9 on WNCW’s Top 100 Albums of 2018 and No Depression writes, “Tellico reminds us cannot abandon our own humanity, even when others try to grind it out of us.”
“Tellico puts their ‘Appalachiacana’ sound to work showcasing some of what western North Carolina is known for...”
--The Bluegrass Situation
“Woven Waters is a far-ranging album that intertwines the political and the personal… Tellico reminds us to slow down and truly absorb our experiences. We cannot abandon our own humanity, even when others try to grind it out of us.
--Rachel Cholst, No Depression
“There isn’t a misstep on the Woven Waters.”
--Tony Ives, Americana Music Show
--Jim Hynes, Country Standard Time
Band website: www.tellicoband.com
“West of the Cumberlands”: https://youtu.be/iPXfyc2cmhM;
“Can't go home again”: https://youtu.be/zE9aQ4VBERI;
“Ballad of Zona Abston” https://youtu.be/jkd3cbUS8ew;
“Ever What They Say”: https://youtu.be/i4LMRiid8Y8
“Forsaken Winds”: https://youtu.be/uEldxUue7G8