Living the life of a nomad is nothing new to a musician.

Roots, Folk, and Bluegrass artists Amy Alvey and Mark Kilianski have lived that life over the past several years; going from gig to gig on foot, living in vehicles; and have called North Carolina, Massachusetts, California, and New Jersey home.

Since graduating from the Berklee College of Music, Alvey and Kilianski have performed under a variety of names including Hoot and Holler; today, they are known as Golden Shoals and have just released their self titled debut album.

Representing a fresh start for the duo, “Golden Shoals” features 12 new songs born out of inspirations from their musical journey.

The stripped down album includes only Alvey, Kilianski and Landon George on upright bass and drums.

Over the years, Alvey and Kilianski has shared the stage with Ricky Skaggs, Michael Daves, Red Tail Ring, The Reverlers, The Brother Brothers, The Steel Wheels, Tatiana Hargreaves, Roochie Toochie and The Ragtime Shepherd Kings, Charm City Junction, Twisted Pine, and Lula Wiles.

The Golden Shoals album is currently available for streaming on Spotify at:


feature photo credit: courtesy of Golden Shoals and taken by Red Line Roots