The Maggie Valley Band
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The Maggie Valley Band

Maggie Valley, NC | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Maggie Valley, NC | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Americana Country

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Sep
21
The Maggie Valley Band @ Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Bristol, Tennessee, United States

Bristol, Tennessee, United States

Jul
01
The Maggie Valley Band @ fff

Asheville, North Carolina, United States

Asheville, North Carolina, United States

Apr
22
The Maggie Valley Band @ The Grey Eagle

Asheville, North Carolina, United States

Asheville, North Carolina, United States

Mar
26
The Maggie Valley Band @ French Broad Brewery

Asheville, Tennessee, United States

Asheville, Tennessee, United States

Mar
23
The Maggie Valley Band @ WDVX Blue Plate Special

Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Mar
19
The Maggie Valley Band @ Soul Infusion Tea House and Bistro

Sylva, North Carolina, United States

Sylva, North Carolina, United States

Music

Press


"The Maggie Valley Band"

"No matter where you catch The Maggie Valley Band, you are sure to enjoy their brand of Americana as only two siblings playing together for a lifetime can bring." - Independent Mail News


"The Maggie Valley Band"

Born from their mutual love of music, two sisters transformed an obligation into something more. From piano lessons to busking to what is now the Maggie Valley Band, Whitney & Caroline Miller have descended from the Western North Carolina mountain town their band is named after to bring their music to those which demand it. Built on traditional Appalachian folk music their music has been infused with modern sounds to create something that the Maggie Valley Band can call their own. With the buzz created by their debut EP - Bring Us Back - they wasted little time getting the follow up – Don’t Go – out for consumption.



As sweet vocal harmonies and the catchy twang of the banjitar kick in on the opening track listeners will be totally caught off guard by the melancholy, loss, death and despair that is to follow. “Don’t Go” is an open plea to a loved one not to leave. On “Good Lord” they question where the lord is leading her life. Why should she pray and have faith when all she is shown is death, pain and loss? A troubled relationship is on display in the song “Leave Me Alone”. Singing about hurting the one she loves; the only option is for him to just go because she is never going to stop inflicting emotional pain. It is a nice take on this type of song. Rounding out the five songs on this EP is the brooding “Fish or the Water” and the rambling “Tree Song”.



From start to finish Don’t Go is a very well written album. While short, it packs a powerful punch with songs that are dark and somber. The Miller sisters along with Steven Hughes have cultivated a sound that puts a fresh spin on a traditional sound with songs that paint vivid pictures of people that are not in a very good place. It is an enjoyable listen, a great introduction to their music and will make you want to hear more from the Maggie Valley Band. - The Maggie Valley Band takes listeners on a somber ride with Don't Go


"The Maggie Valley Band Play Dark Appalachian Music and Love Jessi Colter"

Sisters Whitney and Carolina Miller of the Maggie Valley Band have a fresh take on an old country sound. Their brand of “dark Appalachian music” will simultaneously crush your soul and send your heart soaring. They’ve released an EP and a new single, and they’re heading into the studio soon. They just wrapped up a tour, and there’s one on the horizon. The Maggie Valley Band are very busy. But they graciously took the time to answer a few questions about raw sound with a 60s spin, the support of family, and the all-inspiring Jessi Colter.



Where are you from? Where are you now?
Maggie Valley, North Carolina, but spent/spend a lot of time traveling to Florida and many other states.



Tell me about the music you make.
Well, we stand by our slogan: “A raw approach to Appalachian music intertwined with a heavy sixties influence.” Someone once asked us why we played this style of music, he remarked to us about how sad it was, later a friend called us a sad sandwich. We’ve pondered that question a bit, maybe that’s exactly why we do it. We make this kind of “dark Appalachian music” because, sometimes life is unbearable. Yet, there’s always hope and what you do with that pain tells a lot about you. Whether, you seek crutches to get you through life or you embrace the obstacles head on-that can make all the difference. We want people to know – we’ve been there, we are there, and we’re making it through – you’re not alone. Our music is to help people focus on the hope that gets you through the pain.



Does living in the South impact your music? How?
Absolutely it does and we could not imagine living anywhere else. We are influenced by some of the best music in the world, We get classic country from Tennessee, bluegrass from North Carolina and Kentucky. Yet, the dark Appalachian seems to be a product of loving folk music and living in a bluegrass valley. We get all these great influences and mix them together.



maggie valley band iiHow does your family affect your musicmaking?
If it wasn’t for family, we wouldn’t be a band. Our parents raised us to play piano daily for thirty minutes. Then after four years, we were able to choose another instrument. They always provided us with support and the instruments we chose. Even till this day, our parents support our music and sometimes come to our shows. Our Dad, always asks us if our van is running and Mom is always worried about where we stay (we wonder why! haha).



What are your hopes for your music?
To change and impact lives. We want to spread truth. We want others to know we hurt and we are open about how we are dealing with the problems. You’re not ever as alone as you think you are.



Where will you go and what will you do next?
We just came back from Nashville and that was a great foot in the door. Next, we’re headed to Ohio in March to spend a week there and record with David Mayfield. We’re beyond excited to record with David, he is a grammy-nominated producer. We have followed his career for a long time and could not imagine recording with any other producer at this point. After that we’ll hit the road soon for summer.



Where are you headed on tour?
We just came back from Kentucky, Tennessee, and South Carolina. We’re off the road till the album is complete. This summer we will head back to Tennessee, Virginia, Indiana, New York, Kentucky, South Carolina – that’s what we have planned so far.



maggie valley band iiiWho do you listen to?
Willie Nelson, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Merle Haggard, Jessi Colter and Waylon Jennings, Alabama, Bruce Springsteen, Carter Family, Balsam Range, Dolly Parton, Bob Marley

(Caroline does. Well, she is the bass player and those reggae bass lines plus values – does it get any better?) Country music throughout time has changed and it’s been incredible to see the differences. All these artists share truth and talent and work hard.



Who inspires you?
Waylon Jennings & Jessi Colter, June and Johnny Cash – they all felt the pain of life but found truth and it changed their lives.

Martin Luther King Jr., choosing to love people regardless of how he is treated. He stood for truth when it was unpopular, and radically made people feel valued and set the stage for how to disagree peacefully.



Any favorite Southern women?
Margo Price-well I reckon she’s southern now? She’s an artist who has worked a really long time and is finally getting the recognition for it. Nobody knows where she was ten years ago, but let me tell you – she wasn’t sitting on the couch watching tv. She has worked her butt off to get where she is. Dolly Parton – we wish she was our godmother. We’re obsessed with Dollywood. She came from nothing and worked her way up with no special treatment. Her longstanding faithful marriage of 50 years with her husband is inspiring. Jessi Colter and June Carter Cash are women who made some incredible stands and pushed others to better and live selflessly. Mother Maybelle, Kitty Wells, Tammy Wynette are some other major influences.



Any other Southern women or non-binary or trans Southerners making music that we should know about?
Margo Price has been one of our admired artists for the past five years. Caroline saw her at the first Wildwood Revival in Georgia and was blown away by her music. Looking further into her influence, she approaches women in the industry like no other. Many times, people cry for equality by drawing upon the differences, for instance even hashtagging #womeninmusic. Margo is different and even pleads for people to stop that hashtag. Margo, should, and is becoming a main face of country music, but it’s because her music is good. Not because she is drawing upon her difference of being a woman in music as her main point, but focuses on the music being the selling point.

Mary Meyer also is an up-and-coming artist in Nashville, and she is an incredibly gifted singer. She is one of the most humble people you’ll meet and is a great encourager and leader of single women making it genuinely in this business. People in this business use people, but Mary is focused on still meeting people and making them feel valued. Her album is coming out sometime this year.



Here they are introducing themselves and some Maggie Valley Band news (be still, heart): - Lady Antebellum


"Maggie Valley Band Delivers Americana Gem with “The Hardest Thing”"

Few things in music sound sweeter than the incomparable meld of sibling harmonies. When talented members of the same family get together to vocalize, the result is magical clarity and sweetness that’s impossible to manufacture or simulate. Western North Carolina’s own The Maggie Valley Band has this gorgeous quality at its forefront, with sisters Caroline and Whitney Miller bringing vocal alchemy to their blend of traditional and original folk tunes. On the band’s latest album, The Hardest Thing Grammy-nominated producer David Mayfield (The Avett Brothers, The Black Keys) directed the group through a new collection of songs dedicated to preserving musical history and lifting hearts. In addition to the harmonies, The Hardest Thing turns a fresh spotlight on the band’s assured competence with Appalachian music and retro touches such as midcentury ‘60s influences. Lovers of artists including Old Crow Medicine Show, Drive by Truckers, Trout Steak Revival and others will enjoy the craft behind this set — in addition to the Miller sisters (who provide multi-instrumental work as well as vocals), the record is ably carried by Al Moss on pedal steel, John Duncan on banjo and fiddle, Colby Guyer on drums, and Mayfield on Melatron.

Vocalist Abby Rose also joins for forays into five-part harmony, and the group’s flexible, experimental vibe even allows for surprises such as the clever inclusion of dub step on the track “Railroad.”

Thematically, the music carries a message of endurance. “Going through hardships obviously is difficult but it can be good and it doesn’t have to be the end,” explains the group. “It can teach us thankfulness, awareness, growth–sometimes the hardest thing is the best thing.”
Growing up in a traveling family, the Miller sisters were anchored by daily piano practice; the discipline soon grew into a bona fide love and appreciation for music. The sisters tested their mettle first with years of busking in the streets, which eventually led to the development of their band. Their first EP, Bring Us Back, was released in 2015; with a second, Don’t Go, following in 2016; and their tours have taken them up and down the East Coast supporting artists ranging from The Indigo Girls to Black Lillies to The Misty Mountain String Band and more. - The 828


Discography

TMVB is from Asheville, NC. They have been busy with songwriting, touring from Canada to Florida, and performances at The Orange Peel, Grey Eagle, Isis Music Hall, & Jack of the Wood, 5 spot (Nashville) Hard Rock Cafe, Papa joe's Banjo and BBQ, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Sellersville Theatre, Appaloosa Festival, Heavy Rebel WeekenderCarolina Jubilee, and touring from Canada to Florida, and playing with Indigo GirlsDonna the BuffaloJason Isbell, Brent Cobb, Old Crow Medicine showLonesome River BandInfamous Stringdusters, Front Country, Lillie Mae (Thirdman Records) Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band, the Vespers, Mipso, Look Homeward, Black Lillies, SixString Soldiers, Smooth Hound Smith, Shook Twins, Mike Ryan, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Dangermuffin, Forlorn Strangers, Cale Tyson, The Misty Mountain String Band, Seldom Scene, and collaboration with other artists.

TMVB is a raw approach to Appalachian music intertwined with a heavy
sixties influence. Lead by sister-sister harmonies and laced with
various instruments, it is a refreshing band. The music is a
combination of traditional folk tunes and originals by the band. In 2016, TMVB released their second EP for digital and hardcopy download. In 2018, TMVB released their full length album under the grammy nominated producer, David Mayfield. Mayfield has worked with many greats including, but not exclusive to, Avett BrothersJim Lauderdale, Black Keys.

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Bio

Hailing from North Carolina, two sisters and friends of the Maggie Valley band came together in the town they now identify themselves with. Each member learned their trade of music in the beautiful mountains of Maggie Valley, NC. Sisters Whitney & Caroline Miller grew up in a home where playing the piano was a daily requirement. Daily requirements turned to passion as they hit the streets to street busk. After years of busking, The Maggie Valley Band was officially formed and decided to take it inside-to venues. TMVB released their album "The Hardest Thing" in 2018 under under the direction of Grammy & Emmy nominated producer, David Mayfield. TMVB comes together to produce a sound affectionately referred to as "Dark Appalachian". 

TMVB's career has taken them as far as Canada to Southern Florida and partnering with great & diverse acts such as: David Mayfield, Jason Isbell, Infamous Stringdusters, Robert Randolph & the Family Band Black Lillies, Indigo Girls, Lonesome Riverband and many more!

Band Members