ABOUT

Asheville Junction is a bluegrass/Americana band from the high country of North Carolina.  Their lively, entertaining shows feature hot fiddlin', vocals, harmonies and much more.  Folks find themselves singing, clapping, and toe-tappin' along to the music.  Asheville Junction formed when mother-daughter duo Tierra and Maria Raiti moved to Asheville and joined up with local musicians Rudy Cortese on banjo, Oscar Caudell on guitar and Christian Davis on mandolin.

Tierra Raiti: Fiddle and Lead Singer
Tierra Raiti, lead and harmony singer and fiery fiddler for the band, has been noticed as a formidable rising musician and invited to appear on the Woodsongs International Radio Show in 2022.  Tierra is a featured singer and player on Galax to Toledo Tracks. Recordings from this album have been played in roots and Americana radio shows around the world.  Tierra is a phenomenally accomplished and versatile singer and fiddler, having won numerous fiddle contests and violin competitions, as well as singing competitions and scholarships ranging from jazz to classical to country. 

Rudy Cortese: Banjo and Mult-instrumentalist, Vocals
Rudy Cortese is a Singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and an entertainer, on 5-string banjo, guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. A five-time Four Corner States Banjo champion, his music spans a variety of original compositions, bluegrass, rhythm & roots, folk/country, classical, and world chants.  

Christian Davis: Mandolin
Long time educator and musician, Christian Davis has been exploring music through his mandolin for over 20 years, playing an instrument that is one of a handful he built with his father.  Over the years he has performed and recorded in various genres including psychedelic rock, reggae, folk, old-time, Celtic, word music and swing.  Christian is excited to be settling back into his favorite music to play on the mandolin, bluegrass, with the band Asheville Junction.  When not playing music, you will find him building mandolins, fishing with his three kids, or contra dancing.

Oscar Caudell: Guitar
Oscar Caudell, known for his dexterous command of the mandolin and guitar, started out playing rock and blues on the electric guitar at the age of 7 while living in Chicago. Several years later, he took a flatpicking guitar workshop and started delving into the world of bluegrass, eventually picking up mandolin, bass, and banjo. His family relocated to Asheville in part for the thriving music scene, and he enjoys playing with his family band, Falling Timber, picking around town whenever he can, and playing with his friends in Asheville Junction. 

Maria Raiti: Upright Bass, Harmony Vocals
When Maria and her daughter Tierra lived up north, Tierra was taking classical violin lessons, but kept expressing passionate interest in bluegrass fiddle.  So Maria picked up a guitar and mother and daughter discovered joy and bonding in playing music together at local jams, and eventually bluegrass bands.  Maria always joked with friends and family that one day she would move and take her talented daughter to Nashville.  Then in August of 2021 Maria and Tierra actually made the move, no joke.  Except instead of Nashville, they stopped and got off at The Asheville Junction!  

  We book private and public events as a duo, or a full band of up to five musicians.  Contact us for more information!