Listen up: Fans of the former Americana trio Red June will be happy to hear Zoe & Cloyd, the Appalachian roots husband and wife duo that made up two-thirds of that group, have a second full-length album, “Eyes Brand New,” coming out April 7.
I have had the opportunity to hear Zoe & Cloyd perform at MerleFest as well as at SECCA in as part of “MerleFest on the Road.” I was particularly impressed by the fiddle stylings of Weinstein and the guitar and banjo talents of Miller as well as their gorgeous harmonies. Their traditional approach to their music take you back to an earlier era. If you like Mandolin Orange, you’ll like Zoe & Cloyd.
Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller — who have been making music together in various arrangements since first meeting in 2005 — recorded the new album at Sound Temple Studios with fellow musician and engineer Chris Rosser.
The CD Release Show will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. A schedule of the duo’s March and April dates preceding the release show follow.
“Our friends and fabulous musicians, Mile Twelve, from Boston will be joining us for the evening, along with Kevin Kehrberg on bass. It’ll be a rocking good time for sure!,” according to the duo’s newsletter.
According to their website, listeners can “expect more of a ‘full-band’ sound on this one in contrast to ‘Equinox,’ including the fabulous banjo playing of our friend Jens Kruger of The Kruger Brothers, the incredibly soulful resonator guitar of our former bandmate in Red June, Will Straughan, and the amazing bass playing of our pal Kevin Kehrberg.”
“Eyes Brand New” showcases the breadth of their collective musical spirit, seamlessly combining original folk, country, old-time and bluegrass with sincerity and zeal. Zoe & Cloyd’s debut recording, “Equinox” (2015), met with high acclaim and the pair have continued to gain momentum with a first place win at the prestigious FreshGrass Festival Duo Contest along with performances at MerleFest, Music City Roots and more.
John Cloyd Miller’s foundation in traditional bluegrass and old-time music coupled with his modern sensibility combine to make him a natural musician and performer. A twelfth generation North Carolina native and the grandson of pioneering bluegrass fiddler and NC Folk Heritage Award winner Jim Shumate, his Appalachian roots run deep. John is well known for his haunting mountain voice as well as his instrumental prowess and award-winning songwriting. He is a first place winner of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest and a recipient of an Artist Fellowship for songwriting by the North Carolina Arts Council.
Natalya Zoe Weinstein also comes from a musical family: her father is master jazz pianist and her grandfather, originally from Russia, was a professional klezmer musician. She 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, Natalya is a sought after instructor and is in high demand as a teacher and session musician.
- Wednesday, March 8 – Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC. Show at 7:30pm in Kittredge Recital Hall, free!
- Saturday, March 11 – Americana Afternoons at the Floyd Country Store in Floyd, VA. Show at 1pm.
- Saturday, March 11 – Palisades Restaurant in Eggleston, VA. Show at 7:30pm.
- Wednesday, March 15 – House Concerts at Brads in Baltimore, MD. Concert at 7:30pm, tickets are $15-$20.
- Thursday, March 16 – Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, VA. Co-bill with some of our favorite musicians and people, The Honey Dewdrops! Show at 8pm, tickets are $15 adv, $20 door.
- Saturday, March 18 – The Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD. One of our favorite venues! Show at 8pm, tickets are $15 adv, $18 door.
- Saturday, April 8 – House Concert in Oak Ridge, NC. 7:30pm, $15 suggested donation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for tix.
- Friday, April 14 – Charlotte Folk Society concert in Charlotte, NC. Concert at 7:30pm.
- Saturday, April 15 – Muddy Creek Music Hall in Winston-Salem, NC. Show at 8pm, tickets are $12/adv, $15/door
- Sunday, April 23 – CD release show at The Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC with special guests, Mile Twelve. Show at 7:00pm, $12/adv, $15/door.