Red June mixes Zoe and Cloyd with Will Straughan on guitar

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With a genre-defying sound featuring three-part harmonies, electrifying instrumental work, and soulful songwriting, Asheville’s Red June has been capturing the hearts and ears of audiences across the country since 2009. 

The group now performs infrequently, but the band will be back on stage for a special show at White Horse Black Mountain on Saturday, July 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 advance/$15 door.

Red June's debut was voted the number one regional release of 2010 by the listeners of WNCW 88.7 FM.

The trio consists of veteran musicians Will Straughan on dobro and guitar, Natalya Zoe Weinstein on fiddle, and John Cloyd Miller on mandolin and guitar. Red June blends country, bluegrass and American roots music with a dash of indie rock sensibility.   

The three musicians are longtime friends, jamming together first at an Asheville music party in 2005. In 2009 they formed Red June and went on to release their first album, "Remember Me Well," two years later. Their debut was voted the number one regional release of 2010 by the listeners of WNCW 88.7 FM. 

Their follow up studio project, "Beauty Will Come" (2012) also garnered a lot of attention. The band’s most recent album, "Ancient Dreams," was released in April 2014 on Organic Records and features original material written by all three band members. The album was produced by Tim Surrett of Balsam Range, who also played bass on the recording.   

In 2015 the band went on hiatus as Straughan began a job with an international nonprofit agency and Weinstein and Miller welcomed their new daughter into the world. Weinstein and Miller continue to perform as a duo under their middle names, Zoe & Cloyd. Their debut duet recording, "Equinox," was released in April 2015 and was named one of the “Outstanding Duo Albums of 2015” by No Depression Magazine.