Nu-Blu at Mast Farm Inn

Article Published: Oct. 13, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 15, 2011
Nu-Blu at Mast Farm Inn

Nu-Blu performs Oct. 16 at the Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis.

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Nu-Blu checks into the Mast Farm Inn this Sunday, as the inn’s Bluegrass Legacy series continues.
Named the 2010 Country Band of the Year by the Carolina Music Awards, Nu-Blu will perform from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Tim Stafford from Blue Highway said, “If you’re interested in top-notch, driving, Carolina-style grass with trademark good vocals, you can’t go wrong with Nu-Blu.”

Through the years, Nu-Blu has worked hard to develop a group that would give the listener a diverse experience. By mixing their original songs along with traditional material, and even incorporating songs from other genres, the group has created a unique and driving blend of music.

Nu-Blu was founded by the husband and wife team of Carolyn and Daniel Routh. Carolyn, on bass, provides lead vocals, while Daniel, on guitar, brings his songwriting and vocal talents to the group.

The two young guns, Levi Austin (banjo and vocals) and Austin Koener (mandolin) fill out the ranks, providing the band with a solid and talented backbone.

In May 2010, Nu-Blu released its first album, “NIGHTS,” along with the single, “Spin on the Red Brick Floor.” Radio immediately welcomed the album as evidenced by its debut at No. 10 on the Euro Americana Chart, reaching as high as No. 7 on the Roots Music Bluegrass Report and spending more than five weeks on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 chart as an indie release.

Several months later, the band was awarded the 2010 Country Band of the Year by the Carolina Music Awards.

Nu-Blu made history as the first bluegrass band to launch a smart phone app, providing live feeds from the popular Bluegrass Blog,, BluegrassTV, Napster, Last FM and Nu-Blu News.

In 2011, Nu-Blu was again nominated by the Carolina Music Awards as “Bluegrass/Americana/Country Band of the Year, as the band geared up for its new album, “The Blue-Disc,” released Aug. 8 on Pinecastle Records.

Folks can hear for themselves on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Mast Farm Inn, located at 2543 Broadstone Road in Valle Crucis. Tickets cost $25 per person, and soft drinks, beer and wine are included. Reservations are required. To reserve a seat, call (828) 963-5857.

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