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Award-winning musician Anya Hinkle has released a new song, Hills of Swannanoa, about the Great Flood of 1916. The song, written by Hinkle with Akira Satake, chronicles one of the most devastating natural catastrophes to strike this part of western North Carolina during the 20th century. Unusually heavy rains, along with heavy logging in the forests, combined to cause severe flooding of the Swannanoa and French Broad rivers, and significant loss of life and property.
Originally hailing from the mountains of Virginia, Hinkle’s music is steeped in the traditions of folk and bluegrass, and seasoned by travels across the world. The Asheville-based singer-songwriter won the MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition in 2019, and will release her first full-length album under her own name later this year on Organic Records.