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“Golden Shoals bridge the sometimes distant worlds of traditional bluegrass and old time music together. With one foot steeped in tradition and the other focused on fresh songwriting, Golden Shoals are helping to further the narrative of American Roots music and introducing the traditions of our past to a whole new generation of listeners.” - Kris Truelsen, WBCM Radio Bristol It started as casual jam sessions between two room mates at a house in Boston, Massachusetts. A mutual love of old American folk music and dedication to furthering the canon became Golden Shoals (formerly "Hoot and Holler"). In seven years they've performed in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Germany, not to mention 33 of the 50 states. Amy Alvey (fiddle, guitar) and Mark Kilianski (guitar, banjo) graduated from Berklee College of Music, where both were first exposed to playing traditional old time and bluegrass music. In 2016 they broke their leases and began touring nationally while living out of a camper van they call "Irene". The idea was to see the country in the only way they knew how: entertain and connect with audiences while finding the next city to lay roots. They chose Asheville, North Carolina, but they still call the road their home.

Ever inspired by the enduring spirit of traditional Appalachian mountain music, their songwriting comes across as simple, honest, and fresh to the ears, in tandem with the grit, drive, and soul of musicians like Roscoe Holcomb or Ola Belle Reed.