There have been so many amazing and influential women in our musical culture; what better way to celebrate them then a tribute by local female artists from successfully touring, original bands. Anya Hinkle of Tellico, Amanda Anne Platt of The Honeycutters and Aubrey Eisenman of The Clydes have teamed up with selections of some very special female artists to bring a night of amazing music with their original twist. There will be several guest artists and no shortage of originality and surprise!
Amanda Anne Platt has been described as “easily one of the best songwriters coming out of Western North Carolina these days” (Martin Anderson, WNCW), with a voice that “sings like Carolina farmlands after a rainstorm” (Harvey Robinson, Monkeywhale Productions). She is the songwriter and lead singer for the Asheville-based band The Honeycutters, and with that group she has shared the stage with Guy Clark, Tony Rice, The Seldom Scene, Donna The Buffalo, Jill Andrews, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Jim Lauderdale, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Langhorne Slim. Her song “Little Bird” won First Place in The Great Lakes Songwriting Competition (2011) and Second Place in the General category in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest (2011). The title track of her first album with The Honeycutters, “Irene,” won Second place in the Suwannee Springfest Song Competition in 2008. Her songs have a way of inviting the listener into a world of Saturday mornings, honky-tonks, easy laughter and good old-fashioned heartache.
Originally from the mountains of Virginia, Anya Hinkle has developed as a notable singer and songwriter for the Asheville-based “Appalachiacana” band Tellico, and formerly, Dehlia Low. Her music has been featured alongside some of the most outstanding contemporary Americana artists on stages from MerleFest and Bristol Rhythm & Roots to the Bluebird Cafe and the Station Inn.
Hinkle recorded her first solo studio album, Forsaken Winds, in 2016, featuring her intimate, tenacious vocals and original songs, and has been performing in the Southeastern US and Japan in support of the new album when not touring with Tellico.
Frontwoman and bass player for internationally touring Americana act, The Clydes, Aubrey Eisenman has toured Europe, the U.K., and New Zealand with multiple acts over the past five years. With a French-Moroccan heritage, she writes songs in both English and French and recently placed second at the John Hartford Memorial Festival International Song Writing Competition. Her influences and sounds range from artists like Edith Piaf to classic bluegrass and country musicians. She has written three albums worth of material and is working on her band, The Clydes, next project.