Amanda Mackintosh and Carley Chilton grew up just a few miles from each other in the Virginia foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and attended the same summer camp, but lost touch until their paths crossed years later at a Nashville restaurant. Carley went to Berklee College of Music in Boston, and Amanda had moved to Nashville to study voice and music business at Belmont University. After this serendipitous meeting, the two started playing music together and Aberdeen Green was formed.
Drawing from folk, country and jazz influences such as Patti Griffin, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Eva Cassidy, The Dixie Chicks and Alison Krauss, Aberdeen Green blends soaring harmonies with instinctive musicality and songwriting. Aberdeen Green has shared the roster with artists such as Chris Stapleton, Trace Adkins, Rodney Crowell, Charles Kelley and Wynonna Judd. They performed at the 91st National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, D.C., where they opened for Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Train, Janelle Monae, Renee Fleming and The Avett Brothers.
The duo is set to release their highly anticipated debut album Crooked Road soon. The 12-track collection was produced by the legendary Paul Worley (The Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride) and his son Nick Worley. The title track is a pulsating and rapturous tribute to the duo’s Appalachian roots, a theme that carries throughout the album. Their unique songwriting comes through in “Clarence,” a song that tells the story of the devastating Nashville floods of 2010 through the lens of a lost guitar. Inventive covers of “Rainbows Never Die” by Chris Stapleton and Mike Henderson and Patty Griffin’s “Rain” round out an album that combines folk and country music tradition with innovative songwriting and boundless energy.
“Their songs are about geography and events and alligators and pigs and aspects of life, and that’s not what Music Row songwriting is doing,” says Worley. “It’s been really exciting going around showing people this music. I know I can sit in a room and say ‘If I can get you to listen to four songs; you’re going to lose your mind.’ I told a girl yesterday, ‘This is going to be your new favorite album. You’re going to ride around in your car and listen to it and it’s going to be your favorite.’ We’ll see, but I bet it is.”