OCTOBER 15, 2009 ISSUE

Mama’s Black Sheep Performs at Twigs Friday

Ashland Miller and Laura Cerulli make up the self-described blues-rock group Mama’s Black Sheep. They will perform at Twigs in Blowing Rock this Friday night. Photo submitted

The Baltimore, Md.-based duo Mama’s Black Sheep, comprised of Ashland Miller on guitar and vocals and Laura Cerulli on drums and vocals, will perform at Twigs Restaurant and Bar in Blowing Rock this Friday, October 16, from 9:45 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. Admission is free.

Mama’s Black Sheep is a self-described blues-rock group that borrows elements of multiple other genres, including country, folk and pop. The duo’s October 16 performance will feature original songs as well as covers that range from classic R&B tunes to rock songs that are currently played on the radio.

Miller graduated from the ASU School of Music in 1992 and has performed in the High Country several times since. She is looking forward to returning to the Boone-Blowing Rock area again, she said.

“I’m very excited to be coming back to my Alma Mater,” Miller said.

An ASU volleyball player from 1988 to 1992, Miller sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before each home match, she added.

Miller toured for 13 years as a member of the award-winning acoustic duo CommonbonD—a group that released six CDs and performed on The Nashville Network (TNN) and in more than 40 U.S. states, as well as overseas.

Cerulli previously fronted her own band, Cerulean Groove, and for three years, toured nationally and internationally as a full-time member of SONIA & disappear fear.

Cerulli has played in a number of festivals that include the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, the Barns at Wolftrap in Virginia, High Sierra Music Festival in California, The Red Roof Women’s Festival in Ontario, Canada, and Woodford Folk Festival in Australia.

Cerulli currently plays with SONIA & disappear fear once a month and also does some studio work on the side, but she and Miller have both been primarily focused on Mama’s Black Sheep for the past year, she said.

Miller and Cerulli met at a music festival, and the two members of CommonbonD liked Cerulli’s style so much, they invited her to contribute to some of their recording projects, Miller said.

Miller and Cerulli “hope to see some old fans and make some new ones” at Twigs, Cerulli said.

Twigs is located on the Highway 321 Bypass in Blowing Rock. For more information, click to www.twigsbr.com.

For more information about Mama’s Black Sheep, click to www.sonicbids.com/mamasblacksheep.


Want To Go?

Date: Friday, October 16
Time: 9:45 p.m. to 1:45 a.m.
Location: Twigs, Blowing Rock
Cost: Free