Carley’s back in town

She grew up in Culpeper and she’s coming home this weekend to sing for the community she loves.

Carley Chilton attended St. Luke’s for elementary school and then it was on to Culpeper County Middle School and Culpeper County High School. When she was a junior and senior she studied at Stuart Hall in Staunton in order to pursue a college education at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

From an early age, Carley fell in love with music and by 12 had picked up the guitar and was playing songs by ear on the piano.

Six years ago, with her guitar in hand, Carley headed to Nashville to pursue her passion as a singer and songwriter.

It was in Nashville while working at a local restaurant that Carley met Amanda Mackintosh. Amanda also hailed from a musical family in Virginia. She had studied at Belmont University. “It was meant to be,” says Amanda. 

Turns out the girls had attended the same summer camp growing up and took lessons from the same vocal coach.

When you listen to Carley Chilton, you’ll be reminded of the raw vocals of Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin and Bob Dylan. Combine that with the sounds that Amanda learned to admire – the vocals of the Dixie Chicks, Allison Krauss and Bonnie Raitt.

These two artists with roots in the Blue Ridge Mountains are known as Aberdeen Green and they will be performing this weekend as part of Culpeper Renaissance’s inaugural Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest. Taking place Saturday in the Spencer Street parking lot from noon to 6 p.m.

“I’m just so thrilled to be back in Culpeper,” said Carley. “My roots are here and I’m excited to share our music with this community.”

You can catch Aberdeen Green Friday night, April 26, from 7-9 p.m. at the Hazel River Inn and again on Monday, April 29, at Buffalo Wild Wings from 7 – 9 p.m.

For booking information, contact aberdeengreenmusic@gmail.com or Dylan Ammarman at 517-881-1674.