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Woodsongs Coffeehouse with Grits and Soul

$8 for Adults

$5 with student ID

Join us for our first Woodsongs Coffeehouse!

Coffee, Ale-8, and popcorn will be available for purchase

Known for their seamless harmonies and stirring melodies, Grits & Soul has undeniable musical chemistry. From engaging and emotional, to bluegrass and honky tonk fun, they have traveled the globe spreading the gospel of their Southern sounds.

At the heart of Grits & Soul are Anna Kline and Mt. Sterling native, John Looney.

For over six years now, they have logged thousands of highway miles and hundreds of yearly performances. They have performed at festivals throughout the Southeast and Europe (Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Suwannee Springfest). Anna and John lend their voices to the rich tradition of Southern songwriters who constantly explore and push the boundaries of American roots music.


Grits & Soul released their first album, Flood Waters, to rave reviews in 2013. Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine called it “intriguing and enveloping.” The recording highlights the collaboration of a gifted lyricist with a talented arranger, who share a mutual sensibility of powerful melodies and compelling story lines.  

John is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist whose accompaniment on mandolin and guitar gives each song its own personality. Their partnership converges at the crossroads of bluegrass and classic country, Southern soul and blues. "The listener will hear a different side of them on each and every song." (Prescription Bluegrass) 

"[Anna's] voice is a marvel, powerful and expressive, with a keening, gorgeous vibrato that brings forth images of a displaced Depression-era farmer's wife, mourning the loss of her land to the dust. And yet, Grits & Soul is much more than a traditional music retread." (DeSoto Magazine)  

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