Underhill Rose comes to top of the mountain

Article Published: Jul. 19, 2012 | Modified: Jul. 22, 2012
Underhill Rose comes to top of the mountain

Underhill Rose will perform July 21 in Boone.

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The promise of a good time and country music hangs in the air, as Asheville’s Underhill Rose will play July 21 at Boone Saloon.

Since its formation in 2009, Underhill Rose has become quite in tune with a ‘heartfelt country sound’ from years of Molly Rose and Eleanor Underhill playing together after meeting at Warren Wilson College in Asheville.

Both from musical households, strong influences have bonded the two artists over the years.
“We’ve always wanted to sing like Mariah Carey,” said banjo player and vocalist Underhill. “Her, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston were really influential to us, as well as folk music.”

Underhill Rose has no doubt developed a sound stage presence, their sultry voices coupled with guitar and banjo resulting in unique listening experience.

After time performing with their former band, Barrel House Mamas, the two artists morphed into Underhill Rose and recently were joined by upright bass player Salley Williamson.

Throughout the years, Underhill and Rose have weathered the road of the music business together, which has created such camaraderie on stage and off, even creating a more cohesive sound since their days with the Barrel Mamas.

“Molly’s and my influences are very similar,” Underhill said. “And every day you play with someone, you get better, and you can anticipate what they are going to do.”

Underhill, Rose and Williamson have been taking soul-infused country music around on a summer tour, and their stop in Boone will be no exception.

“It’s got a lot of soul and energy infused into the country aspect of it,” Underhill said.
Their audience Saturady will hear the first collaboratively written piece by the trio, which will also find its way onto their upcoming album.

After years of singing together, Underhill and Rose see no end to their musical partnership.
“You have to find people you can trust and weather the road together,” Underhill said. “It’s really hard, and Molly and I have realized that, and we can weather it together. It’s worked out really well.

We’re basically sisters at this point. We’ve spent so much time together, which is really different. Our sounds are different, but we complement each other. There has never been a good reason to stop.”

Underhill Rose will perform Saturday, July 21, at 10 p.m. at Boone Saloon, located at 489 W. King St. in downtown Boone. Cover costs $5.

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