The name “Grits & Soul” came from a James Brown instrumental album Anna found while diggin’ through some record bins. It fit the bill for everything the band wanted to represent musically.
Anna Kline and John Looney’s songwriting collaboration catapulted the band to regional recognition in May 2011 with the song “Flood Waters.” The song documented the 2011 Mississippi River flooding and the segment aired on NBC affiliates across the South. It caught the attention of CNN reporters as well, who tweeted it to their followers nationwide.
The common thread Anna and the fellas share - a love for roots and soul music - lends their Americana brand of music a palpable energy and authenticity. They represent the sound of the South.
Now, a year later, Anna and John are relocating to Asheville, North Carolina to write new material and reform the band. Stay tuned!!!