We first heard The Honey Dewdrops a few years ago at the Folk Alliance conference, and we were immediately captivated by their beautiful harmonies and timeless songwriting. Now we're helping publicize their brand-new album, Silver Lining, and we couldn't be happier to be working with such fine musicians. Though they both trained originally as teachers, we're all lucky that husband and wife duo Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish decided to dedicated themselves to acoustic roots music instead. With their home nestled in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, the music of The Honey Dewdrops is subtly infused with the sounds and spirit of Appalachia. It's the kind of music rooted closely to home, but able to travel far and wide. We hope you'll enjoy this album as much as we have!
The Honey Dewdrops: Silver Lining
Sometimes you gotta get away to get it right. Husband and wife duo The Honey Dewdrops did just that in order to record their newest album, Silver Lining. They set up shop on an old farm in Catawba, Virginia, atop a hill that looks east to Roanoke, and invited their best friends over to help tune guitars, craft songs, cook savory meals, keep the creativity flowing, make hot tea, and uncork the wine. The result is a remarkably homey recording that sounds so much larger than the two people at the center of the music. Beautiful harmonies flow together effortlessly, as quick as a second thought, and the acoustic instruments drift along the backroads of the music, between hills clouded with wood smoke. It’s music made in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, beholden not to ancient traditions, but to the spirit of the hills, to the handmade, community music that came before.
Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, the husband-wife duo that make up The Honey Dewdrops, represent, viscerally, what most folk musicians aspire towards: they are deeply rooted in their community yet accessible to listeners everywhere. Their sound is transcendent; they write all their own songs and yet no one could ever peg them as just another singer-songwriter couple, not when they’ve embedded a sparse Appalachian clarity on every track. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the many Appalachian old-timey groups around today, but what The Honey Dewdrops have is both timeless and entirely memorable. Like the Appalachian Trail that runs through their backyard, The Honey Dewdrops are one step removed from pure wilderness, and yet they capture a clarity that grabs listeners hard and strong. They are, without doubt, one of the sweetest honey-rich sounds you’ll hear this year.