Posted 10/22/12

Rayna Gellert: Asheville, North Carolina

Rayna Gellert: Asheville, North Carolina
Rayna Gellert/Photo: Jon Estes

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rayna Gellert is making her mark on her hometown of Asheville, North Carolina and beyond. Growing up in a musical family, Rayna has spent most of her life immersed in the sounds of rural stringband music, heartfelt gospel songs, and old ballads. A former member of the noted all-female group Uncle Earl, her fiddle albums are widely celebrated in the old-time music community, and she has recorded with a host of musicians in a variety of styles Ė including Robyn Hitchcock, Tyler Ramsey, Sara Watkins, Loudon Wainwright III, John Paul Jones, and Abigail Washburn. In early October, Gellert released her solo debut album Old Light: Songs From My Childhood & Other Gone Worlds on Story Sound Records. The album showcases her startlingly original talent as a songwriter and a vocalist whose timbre elicits shades of Linda Thompson, Tracy Chapman, Maybelle Carter and Gillian Welch, while exhibiting Raynaís reverence for the varied colors of the rich history of American music--her luminescent voice shines throughout, both lyrically and vocally.

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The Concierge Questionnaire: Rayna Gellert,  Musician

What is your favorite word to describe Asheville? Beautiful.

What word best reflects the people of Asheville? Groovy.

What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in Asheville? For me, itís not actually in Asheville proper - itís Warren Wilson College, just outside of town in Swannanoa.

Founded in 1894, Warren Wilson College is a "unique" four-year liberal arts college that is known for its curriculum of work, academics, and service, called "the Triad," which requires every student to work an on-campus job, perform at least one hundred hours of community service prior to graduation.

What is your favorite outdoor activity in Asheville? Shindig on the Green!

Usually held each Saturday in July and August, Shindig on the Green began entertaining the Asheville community in 1966. Please visit for performance schedule and more!

What is your favorite indoor activity in Asheville? Eating and eating and eating. And drinking.

What is your favorite sound or noise in Asheville? Fiddles and banjos. (Theyíre everywhere!)

What is your favorite smell or taste in Asheville? There are too many food-related smells and tastes to choose from, so instead Iíll say my favorite is the wonderful rich damp-earth-and-leaves smell of the mountains in the fall.

What drink best reflects Asheville? Kombucha (fermented fruit tea) and/or moonshine (home-distilled spirits made in an unlicensed still).

What song or type of music best reflects Asheville? Old-time stringband music.

If Heaven were Asheville, what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates? Welcome! Hereís your white robe, your golden slippers, your banjo, a pint of Pisgah Pale Ale, and a plate of 12 Bones ribs. Enjoy.

Rayna Gellert: Asheville, North Carolina • Asheville, North Carolina • Phone: ***

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