Eleanor Underhill tried her hand at a variety of instruments--piano, trombone, guitar, and ukulele--before settling on the banjo, the instrument that has defined her sound. At age 14, she composed her first song and has since amassed a vast catalogue of music that has supported the creation of five albums with various projects. Born in Williamsburg, VA, Underhill found her new home of Asheville, North Carolina after attending a small liberal arts school—Warren Wilson College—in the area. Her unique open-back banjo style, salty-blues vocals, and prolific writing ability has contributed to the success of her band, Underhill Rose, who has toured nationally and overseas while garnering international acclaim on the Americana scene since its formation in 2009.
In 2014, Underhill formed a non-touring, side-project band of prominent Asheville musicians called Eleanor Underhill & Friends. Thriving on boundary pushing and genre bending, this all-star group has built a growing following in the Asheville area. Underhill also plays solo throughout western North Carolina and successfully wrote, recorded, and produced a debut solo album—Navigate the Madness—in the fall of 2018. Called “…a stunning work of a gifted, visionary singer-songwriter…” by Jim Simpson of Asheville Citizen-Times, Underhill’s latest work is a testament to her far-reaching influences and abilities. Underhill has also won top honors at Asheville’s Songwriting Idol Contest, played on the Grammy award winning song “Mind Over Matter” by Kid-Hop artist, Agent 23 Skidoo, and was selected to perform in the Asheville All-Star Band in the summer of 2018.