Red June performs at Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Feb. 22
Photo by Zoe Leath Ryan.
The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is please to welcome back Asheville-based acoustic Americana trio Red June on February 22 at 7:30 pm. Tickets for this extremely popular event are $15 on sale now and available by contacting the Arts Center at 828-669-0930. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located at 225 W. State Street.
With a dynamic yet refined sound featuring striking three-part harmonies, electrifying instrumental work, and honest, soulful songwriting, Asheville’s Red June has been capturing the hearts of audiences all across the country. A power trio consisting of Will Straughan on Dobro and guitar, Natalya Weinstein on fiddle, and John Cloyd Miller on mandolin and guitar, the three seamlessly blend country, bluegrass and American roots music with a dash of indie rock sensibility to create something entirely original and inspiring.
Red June recently signed with Organic Records and 2014 is promising to be momentous with the release of their highly anticipated third album. 2013 was highlighted with John winning 1st place in the bluegrass category at the venerable Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest as well as a coveted Artist Fellowship for songwriting from the NC Arts Council. The band members have been longtime friends, first jamming together at an Asheville music party in 2005. In late 2008 they formed Red June and went on to release their first album, Remember Me Well, two years later. Their debut was very well received, and was voted the #1 regional release of 2010 by the discerning listeners of WNCW. Their follow up studio project, Beauty Will Come (2012) also garnered much attention, with Chuck Dauphin of Music News Nashville proclaiming, “[Red June] possesses an airtight harmony that will impress even the toughest critic. Listen to their vocal blend on ‘I’m Willing To Try,’ and you may need to have your jaw surgically removed from the floor – they are that good!”
The Arts Center has hosted this trio several times and feels an affection for them as performers and people. Arts Center Executive Director Gale Jackson said, “Natalya was one of our original JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) teachers back in 2007. John was playing with Lo-Fi Breakdown. Will and his family have been friends to the Arts Center for years. It’s been a real pleasure to watch these talented musicians grow in popularity and get the recognition they deserve.”
For more information about this and many other events visit www. BlackMountainArts.org.