Summer Tracks at Rogers Park begins today

Published 10:00 pm Thursday, June 5, 2014

Tellico of Asheville, N.C. will perform at the first concert of the Summer Tracks series. (photo submitted by Peter Eisenbrown)

Tellico of Asheville, N.C. will perform at the first concert of the Summer Tracks series. (photo submitted by Peter Eisenbrown)

Tellico along with local favorites Phil & Gaye Johnson open the 2014 Summer Tracks Concert Series. Sponsored by Heartwood Gallery and The Purple Onion of Saluda, the show takes place in Rogers Park in Tryon, June 6 at 7 p.m.
Opening the evening, Phil & Gaye Johnson represent the very best of the new tradition in today’s “Americana” Country music. With over twenty years of dedicated artistry, Phil & Gaye offer a unique blend of traditional and contemporary Folk, Bluegrass and Country music along with generous portions of Western Swing, Cowboy, Blues and Old-Time traditions. They are prolific songwriters and storytellers, and they travel from their home in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina to perform throughout the United States.
Tellico is a fine product of Asheville, N.C.’s thriving Roots Music scene, its members well schooled in Bluegrass but with an unbridled organic Appalachiacana sound. Tellico’s members bring their talents from one of Asheville’s most successful Bluegrass bands, Dehlia Low, to this new project. Formed this year, Tellico features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle) and Stig Stiglets (bass, harmonica), with Aaron Ballance on dobro and Jed Willis on mandolin and clawhammer banjo. Well known for their rootsy, authentic singing and vocal harmony, as well as the hard-edged nostalgic yet modern themes of their songwriting, the quartet combines some of the finest voices, songs and instrumental prowess in western North Carolina and beyond.
As with all Summer Tracks concerts, the show is free, though a voluntary donation at the gate is encouraged. Audience donations along with the generous sponsorships of local businesses and individuals make these shows possible. JR’s wood-fired pizzas, ice cream, water and soft drinks will be for sale.
Summer Tracks is produced by the Town of Tryon in affiliation with Peter Eisenbrown of Blockparty Productions. The popular and well-attended series attracts people from all over the region.

Schedule for 2014 Summer Tracks
June 6:    Phil & Gaye Johnson (Folk-Traditional) open for Tellico (Bluegrass, raditional) Sponsored by: Heartwood Gallery and The Purple Onion of Saluda, N.C.
June 20: Russ Wilson Swing Orchestra (15 Piece Big Band!) Sponsored by: Tryon Downtown Development Associataion
July 11:     Torch Singer, A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt
Featurin Peggy Ratusz, Paula Hanke, Amy LaDeroute
with 4-piece bandSponsored by: Bright’s Creek.
July 25: Sol Driven Train (World Beat-Southern-Funk-Rock. The evening opens with their children’s show) Sponsored by: Green River Adventures and The Gorge of Saluda, N.C.
Aug 8: Gigi Dover & The Big Love (Soulful Americana)
Sponsoredby: Mr. Jerry Steele.
Aug 22:  Bob Sinclair Duo opens for The Lazy Birds
(Americana, Swing) Sponsored by: Tryon Fine Arts Center.

For more information about Summer Tracks and the performers, contact Polk County Travel and Tourism at 828-859-6655 or visit

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– article submitted
by Peter Eisenbrown