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Rhythm & Brews concert series starts today

That headlining act starts 7 p.m. The two openers are “countrygrass” duo Redleg Huskey of Asheville at 5, then at 6 p.m. is Angela Easterling & The Beguilers of Greenville, S.C. with Americana.

The two-block site is South Main Street on the 200-300 blocks, near the Visitor’s Center. The free family-friendly outdoor event features local foods, craft beer, wine and cider; and a Hands On! Children’s Museum activities booth.

Tellico is fronted by Anya Hinkle on vocals, fiddle and guitar. She sings with a piercing, nasal mountain twang true to mountain music. Bassist Greg Stiglets has a smoother voice, in singing some leads. Aaron Ballance plays dobro, Jed Willis mandolin and clawhammer banjo. The Asheville-based band augments old-time with bluegrass-type resonator guitar, and Americana blends.

Fast-paced “Can’t Go Home Again” is one of Hinkle’s finest vocal recordings, along with her on the somber ballad “Forsaken Winds.” They are off of the debut CD of 2015, entitled Relics and Roses. It includes their original, snappy-titled “Hawkeye Pierce and Honeycutt Blues,” with Stiglets on harmonica and Bob Dylan-esque vocals. The CD closes with a cover of two Neil Young tunes. Tellico has recorded with noted bluegrass guitarist Jon Stickley on some of its songs. The band has played MerleFest.

Rhythm & Brews series is on the third Thursday from May into September. The concert June 21 is a special one. The Broadcast, a premier rock band out of Asheville, is the headliner. Openers are Hendersonville High graduating senior Izzi Hughes, then Strange Avenues.

Headlines and their openers are Urban Soil (Modern Day Society, Bobby Wynn) on July 19, The Company Stores (Daniel Sage, Carolinabound) Aug. 16, then Los Colognes (Hustle Souls, Laura Laughter & Tim Levene) on Sept. 20.

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