In an article in the Asheville Citizen Times’ “Take 5” magazine, reviewer Jedd Ferris wrote that Dehlia Low is “poised to become the next buzz band in the continually expanding scene of new school old-time.” This newly formed band of young bluegrass artists has deep roots in the musical traditions of the Southern mountains. Anya Hinkle, the lead singer and fiddler, is from Blacksburg, Virginia, where she learned to play music as a child. Dobro and pedal steel player Aaron Ballance is from Winston-Salem, with a long family tradition of Round Peak-style old-time music. Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Stacy Claude lives in Asheville, and mandolinist and singer Bryan Clendinin is also a native of the Southern upcountry, from West Virginia. Greg Stiglets, who plays bass and guitar and writes songs, is from Jackson, Mississippi.
Dehlia Low plays a mixture of traditional and original material, with polished instrumentals and harmonies. Their greatest influences are among the founding generation of bluegrass and country musicians, particularly the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe. They also draw inspiration from an array of later sources in American music. The band’s repertoire consists of a mixture of original songs inspired by early country music, as well as songs made popular in that era. Their self-titled first album, released in 2008, includes originals, songs by Ralph Stanley and Hazel Dickens, and “When I Can Read My Title Clear,” a traditional mountain hymn sung a capella.
In their first full year of touring, Dehlia Low had enthusiastic receptions from bluegrass and Americana music fans across the country.
Dehlia Low is available to play for concerts, festivals, and private events, and to give classes, workshops, lessons, and school programs.