Anya Hinkle has released a video for "Road Of The Winds" after a premiere by The Bluegrass Situation. The song is the first single under her own name, and it captures the raw honesty of her personal songwriting.
Alternating moody verses with a singable chorus, "Road Of The Winds" expresses a longing for motion that defines both an end and a beginning for the song's narrator. Throughout, Hinkle's distinctive voice is framed by a hand-picked group of musicians drawn from the rich musical community around western North Carolina: fiddler Julian Pinnelli, mandolinist Thomas Cassell (Circus No. 9), renowned resonator guitarist Billy Cardine, bass player Johnny Calamari, and harmony singer Mary Lucey. Produced by Jon Weisberger, the single is an auspicious start to the new stage of Hinkle's career.
"We are constantly moving closer toward our own homeland, a place we sense is there, somewhere, if we can just pay attention and listen closely to our inner voice," Hinkle told The Bluegrass Situation. "It takes tremendous courage and faith to believe that we can grow to become the person we were meant to be, doing the work we are meant to be doing. We are embarking on a great journey with each sunrise, with each day we are alive. This song helps me feel free to move ahead in new directions with boldness and conviction even though I don't exactly know where it will all lead. But once you leave the shore you are committed to the journey - there is no turning back."
Watch the video above and listen to "Road Of The Winds" HERE.
About Anya Hinkle
With vivid storytelling, vibrant musicianship and arresting honesty, Anya Hinkle explores the beauty of song craft through the lens of the Appalachian string band tradition. Originally from the mountains of Virginia, Anya's music is steeped in the tones of folk and bluegrass and seasoned by travels across the world. A founding member of Asheville-based bands Dehlia Low (Rebel Records) and Tellico (Organic Records), Anya will release tracks from her first full-length album under her own name this year on Organic Records.
Hinkle won the MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition in 2019 and was a finalist in the Hazel Dickens Song Contest for her song "Ballad of Zona Abston," featured on Tellico's 2018 release Woven Waters. The album, produced by Irish guitar legend John Doyle (Transatlantic Sessions, Joan Baez, Tim O'Brien), had a #1 single, #1 band and #2 album ranking on the Folk DJ charts in November 2018.