November 22, 2019



Show Serves As Reunion for Duo Who Produced 2 Albums,

Once Played Together During Time in Winston-Salem

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C.—Claire Holley, a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Jackson, Miss. who’s released 12 critically-acclaimed albums, joins Will Straughan, a North Carolina vocalist/guitarist of Red June fame, in what represents a reunion of sorts in a special concert at White Horse Black Mountain on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are priced at $12 in advance and $15 the day of the event . Doors open at

7 p.m. For more information, go to or call 828-669-0816.

Holley, who began writing songs in college in Chicago before releasing her first recordings while living in North Carolina, was discovered when WUNC Radio’s Back Porch Music program began playing her material. Soon thereafter, National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition featured her 2001 self-titled debut album on Yep Roc Records.

No Depression magazine called Holley’s Time in the Middle album “one of 2015’s finest albums.

Claire performs at venues around Los Angeles, her current home, and has played nationally at Merlefest, Mountain Stage, Club Passim and on the Thacker Mountain Radio Show. She regularly writes and records for film and theater. Her latest album, Every Hour, features modern arrangements of hymns and sacred songs, ranging in style from a 4th century carol to southern gospel and a Beach Boys cover.

The White Horse Black Mountain show represents a reunion of Holley and Straughan, who used to play shows together in Winston-Salem when they lived in North Carolina. They appeared together on two previous albums, Sanctuary (1999) and Dandelion (2003).

Straughan is a North Carolina native best known for his work with the Asheville-based trio Red June (including Zoe & Cloyd) and the Winston-Salem group Emma Gibbs Band. Red June’s debut album, Remember Me Well, was voted No. 1 regional release by listeners of WNCW, and his song, “Ancient Dreams,” was the top song on the Folk DJ charts upon its release. He has performed across the United States and in Europe, including at MerleFest, South by Southwest, L.E.A.F. Festival, Suwannee Springfest and the Perthshire Amber Festival.

Meanwhile, Holley continues to receive glowing reviews from music critics:

"Claire Holley is an observer, a romantic reporter from the backyards and front porches of the heartland.” –Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

“Claire Holley has a firm grip on the musical vocabulary and storytelling obsession of the South. And like any great Southern character, sheʼs as complicated as the recipe for sour mash whiskey.” –PASTE Magazine

"Holley’s voice is nothing short of achingly beautiful, the songwriting could be used as an example of a poetic art form, and the production is top notch." –Huffington Post

White Horse Black Mountain (105 Montreat Rd.) is a 215-seat music and arts venue that has staged more than 2,500 concerts and other events during its 10-year history. It offers state- of-the-art sound, cabaret-style (table) seating, and bar/concession area that serves beer, wine, Kombucha, Shanti Elixers, soft drinks and snacks.

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