Known for their seamless harmonies and stirring melodies, Grits & Soul has undeniable musical chemistry. From engaging and emotional, to honky tonk fun, they have traveled the globe, spreading the gospel of Southern sound.
We perform primarily as a guitar and mandolin duo and can tailor what we do with what you need for your event. Please visit our website for videos and more.
At the heart of Grits & Soul are Anna Kline and John Looney. With over 20 years of combined experience as professional musicians, Anna and John have worked together since 2010. For over seven years now, they have logged thousands of highway miles and hundreds of yearly performances. They have performed at festivals throughout the Southeast and Europe (Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Suwannee Springfest, Magnolia Festival), and have worked hundreds of weddings, private parties, and corporate events of all shapes and sizes. These include "hush hush" celebrity parties, as well as events and gigs at the Biltmore Estate, Grove Park Inn, The Alluvian, and Blackberry Farms. In August 2017, Grits & Soul appeared on an episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, which featured the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail in Kentucky.
Our repertoire includes original and cover tunes, from traditional ceremony favorites to bluegrass standards and old-time instrumentals, to classic country, jazz and swing, Delta blues and Memphis Soul (and more). We approach every gig as an opportunity to reflect the people behind it, and want you to have a unique and fun event that stands out just like you do!
"[Anna's] voice is a marvel, powerful and expressive, with a keening, gorgeous vibrato that brings forth images of a displaced Depression-era farmer's wife, mourning the loss of her land to the dust. And yet, Grits & Soul is much more than a traditional music retread." (DeSoto Magazine) John is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist whose accompaniment on mandolin and guitar gives each song its own personality.
Their partnership converges at the crossroads of bluegrass and classic country, Southern soul and blues. "The listener will hear a different side of them on each and every song." (Prescription Bluegrass)
Though we often book quite far in advance, don't hesitate to contact us about gigs that are coming up soon - we may have a last-minute opening in our calendar. Also ask us about your wedding or event even if it's a long way from Lexington, KY - often, we can work it into our schedule. Our price is on a case by case basis, taking your budget into account, and will include travel and time spent on-the-gig.
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