The Barrel House Mamas, a quartet of women from Asheville, NC, conjure the sweet and sultry sounds of the southern Appalachian Mountains they call home in their robust vocal harmonies and original songs.
Within the Mamas’ seamless and unique sound, claw-hammer and folk style banjo playing meets the melodic finger-picking of two acoustic guitars, with the throaty voice of old-time fiddle wailing over-top. Above all of these are the soaring, poetic three-part harmonies sung from three beautiful and distinct female voices for which the Mamas have gained regional notoriety. The result is a roots-pure and undeniably moving musical experience with hints of Appalachian old time, classic folk, the blues, a touch of country, a bit of swing, and is entirely these Mamas own.
The foundation of this musical group is Molly Rose Reed, and Eleanor Underhill, and Jane Edens, three singer-songwriters whose musical journey began while attending Warren Wilson College in the Swannanoa River Valley. In March of 2003. They each were to perform individual sets of their original music in a women's music showcase. One week prior, in what was supposed to be a playful, one-time collaboration as a finale for the show, their voices and instruments meshed for the first time, echoing up a cold dormitory stairwell, and stopping passers-by.
Four years later, with the lovely and talented Anna Bauman-Smith joining in on fiddle, they achieved a gracefully powerful, audience-wooing sound, with their extensive repertoire of solidly crafted original songs and creative arrangements of some old and contemporary favorites. They have carved a solid niche in Western North Carolina’s folk and roots music scene, being voted one of the top three performing acts in the folk/bluegrass genre of 2007 (Mountain Express) and holding their own as Asheville’s premiere and most beloved all female roots band.
With the release of their self-published debut album 'Gathering', named one of the top 20 regional releases in 2006 by WNCW radio, The Barrel House Mamas have been spreading their unmistakable harmonies and unforgettable songs to listening rooms, concert halls and festival stages.