Raven and Red

Nashville based, folk-Americana group, Raven and Red has been heralded by Country Music People Magazine as “very entertaining with warm melodies and even a slight commercial edge.” Classically trained Brittany Lynn Jones (Raven), along with Mitchell Lane (Red), and his brother Cole not only have impressive musical resumes, more importantly, they have a ton of talent.

They’ve just released their first full-length CD, We Rise Up, of all original material. Filled with warm harmony vocals, their violin, banjo, bass instrumentation is “a perfect bridge between tradition and modernity” and an “outstanding debut with razor-sharp and sometimes goosebumps-inducing singing”, said No Depression magazine recently.

Brittany’s raven dark locks and Mitchell’s bold red hair made for an obvious name when choosing Raven and Red Mitchell told me recently. The pair met in college in 2009 while studying classical music at UNC School of the Arts. But Brittany had a strong interest in performing folk/bluegrass/Celtic/Americana music. “Of course that’s hard to find in classical music school,” Mitchell chided. “So we got together and decided to do our own thing.” Brittany went on to study Bluegrass and Celtic at ETSU in Johnson City, TN. Mitchell tagged along with guitar in tow. “We just started playing together there,” Brittany said, “And started writing our own music.”

“I really liked the training you get from the classical side,” Mitchell said. “They really do train you to be the best performer that you can be. That was very exciting for me, and I wanted to learn how to sing properly too.”

The new CD is, “just one milestone in our musical journey,” as Mitchell sees it. “We love songs that tell true stories. Many of the songs on this album are inspired by true stories, but even the fictional stories reveal human truths that are familiar to everyone,” explained Brittany.

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