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Whitworth Returns To 185 King Street With TONK


June 6, 2019

185 King Street is excited to have Shannon Whitworth back in the club with TONK at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 7.

Since her days as the anchor voice and songwriter of lauded N.C. ensemble The Biscuit Burners, Whitworth has attracted international attention with her passionate presence and a talent that’s evident within moments of taking the stage, according to a press release.

Whitworth’s swoon-inducing style found its first showcase in her Asheville-produced solo debut, 2007’s “No Expectations.” Followed by 2009’s critically-acclaimed “Water Bound” (an album that drew comparisons to Emmylou Harris’ “Wrecking Ball”), Whitworth garnered praise in outlets ranging from People magazine to Garden & Gun. Her honest reinterpretation of ‘Americana,’ a la Mark Knopfler meets Norah Jones and the ghost of Julie London, has garnered Whitworth prime appear-ances from Philadelphia Folk Festival to Yosemite’s Strawberry Music Festival to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

Back home last year after endless months traveling coast-to-coast, Whitworth took time to relax on her Brevard farm, painting in her barn-cum-studio and letting songs come naturally to her. Organic and pure in its origins and execution, “High Tide” is poised to outfit Whitworth’s vessel for a figurative ocean crossing. From the first rolling rhythms, it’s evident that this album charts new waters. A Gibson SG joins Whitworth’s quiver of acoustic guitar, banjo and ukelele, and for the first time, the band is her own. Whereas her first two efforts utilized seasoned Nashville studio pros, “High Tide” calls upon the people who know her music best, from producer Seth Kauffman (Floating Action) to bassist Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses).

Just as her music stems from Appalachian roots (she’s a favorite at MerleFest) but sheds its traditional skin at the door, “High Tide” begins with a journey to the sea that takes rest stops in reverb-drenched jazz and indie rock along the way, setting the mood for a tight but playful expedition.

TONK creates original country music that is heavily influenced by the great masters of the late 1960s to mid-1970s, such as Ray Price, Merle Haggard and Johnny Paycheck. Their album “Let’s Keep It Dark” was released in November 2013 and the band released “Second Nature” in April 2016.

Tickets and information are available at or call (828) 877-1850.


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