Zoe & Cloyd spring from deep roots in American music, and they bring their award-winning duet show to the Jones House Sunday night, February 26, for an intimate, unamplified house-concert performance.
Founding members of acclaimed Americana trio, Red June, and long-time veterans of the Asheville, NC, music scene, Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller are set to release their second full-length album, Eyes Brand New, this April. Highlighting their emotive songwriting and signature harmonies, this new recording finds the duo returning to a full band sound with Kevin Kehrberg on bass, and special appearances from Will Straughan of Red June on Dobro and Jens Kruger of the Kruger brothers on banjo. Eyes Brand New showcases the breadth of their collective musical spirit, seamlessly combining original folk, country, old-time, and bluegrass with sincerity and zeal.
“That blending of styles is what the band means when they dub their sound ‘New Appalachian’ music,” says concert organizer, Mark Freed. “And it is an appropriate title, particularly with John’s deep roots in the region.”
John Cloyd Miller is a twelfth generation North Carolina native and the grandson of pioneering bluegrass fiddler and NC Folk Heritage Award winner, Jim Shumate. Miller’s foundation in traditional bluegrass and old-time music, coupled with his modern sensibility, combine to make him a natural musician, performer, and songwriter. He is known for his haunting mountain voice, his instrumental prowess, and his award-winning songwriting. Miller won 1st place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest, and he is a recipient of an Artist Fellowship for songwriting from the North Carolina Arts Council.
Natalya Zoe Weinstein also comes from a musical family; her father is a master jazz pianist and nher grandfather was a professional klezmer musician. Weinstein is an accomplished fiddler in a variety of styles, as well as an inspired singer and songwriter. While trained classically in her home state of Massachusetts, she has spent many years fine-tuning her bluegrass and old-time fiddling with some of the country’s top traditional musicians. Now a mentor to many young players, Weinstein is a sought after instructor and in high demand as a teacher and session musician.
Weinstein will be giving an afternoon workshop for intermediate to advanced fiddlers on the styles of bluegrass legend, Jim Shumate, a Hickory, NC native. Shumate was one of Bill Monroe’s first fiddlers with the Blue Grass Boys band, and he is known for having introduced Earl Scruggs to Monroe.
The workshop is free for participants of the Jones House music lessons and anyone attending the evening concert. If others are interested in participating in the workshop, please contact Mark Freed at [email protected] or828.268.6282.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 26, in the Mazie Jones Gallery of the Jones House. Tickets for the concert are $20 per person. The venue can seat 40 people, and due to the limited seating, advanced reservations are recommended. All open seats will be available at the door, which opens at 7:00 p.m. on the night of the concert.