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Hannah Kaminer & The Wistfuls: "Heavy On The Vine" Album Release Show

  January 4, 2024 8:00 PM

Doors Open: 7:00 PM
ADVANCED: $12.00

ADVANCED Public Onsale: November 17, 2023 10:00 AM to January 4, 2024 12:00 AM
PREMIUM SEATING Public Onsale: November 17, 2023 10:00 AM to January 4, 2024 8:00 PM


Hannah Kaminer makes modern American roots music that blurs the boundaries between genre and generation. As a songwriter, storyteller, and producer, she nods to the Appalachian traditions of her native North Carolina while creating a contemporary sound that's woozy, wistful, and evocative of the landscape where it was created.

She turns a new page with her third record, Heavy On The Vine. Written and recorded in Kaminer's adopted hometown of Asheville, it's a reflective, resilient album that finds the artist making sense of her new world—a place where boutique hotels block the view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, childhood habits have given way to adulthood realities, and the Christian faith that once offered easy answers to life's big questions has lost its magic. Heavy On The Vine isn't just a soundtrack for Kaminer's loss of faith; it's a battle cry of hope and defiance, delivered by a songwriter who's learned to live with uncertainty.

"The idea of estrangement shows up everywhere," says Kaminer, who kickstarted her career with 2015's Acre By Acre and expanded her sound with 2018's Heavy Magnolias. "These songs are about estrangement from myself, from family and old friends, from the Christian faith of my childhood, and from the world as I used to know it."

Kaminer's world began taking shape in the small towns of western North Carolina, where she grew up singing hymns in church. Later, while living in central Texas as a college student, she heard a bluegrass song on the radio and found herself pining for the home she'd left behind. "I heard the banjo and thought, 'That's the sound of home!'" she remembers. "It took me moving halfway across the country to realize how much I gravitated toward those sounds."

Those sounds took her back to North Carolina, where Kaminer settled in Asheville and found a supportive musical community that prioritized collaboration over competition. "It was a great place to try something different," she says. Inspired by Gillian Welch, Iris DeMent, and Patty Griffin—three artists who nodded to the old-school folk singers who came before them, yet still made modern music that balanced gorgeous melodies with grit, hard truths, and haunting arrangements—she started writing her own songs. The Grammy-winning audio engineer Julian Dreyer became one of her earliest champions, engineering her 2015 debut album and co-producing its 2018 follow-up. By the time Kaminer began writing material for Heavy On The Vine, though, she'd become more than a sharp songwriter. She'd started to think like a producer, too.

Thomas Kozak's writing pulls myth and religion through the split-open skull of an obsessive-compulsive, anchoring the past to a new body and giving it voice through and beyond the conventions of folk and Americana.

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