RED JUNE & THE HONEY DEWDROPS
Wednesday, January 23rd
8:00pm / doors at 6:30pm
Advance general admission: $12
At the door: $15
Table of 4 reserved seats: $60
RED JUNE is a powerful acoustic trio from Asheville, North Carolina performing beautifully distilled original American music. They are making waves with their dynamic, yet refined sound that features striking three-part harmonies, tasteful instrumental work, and honest, soulful songwriting that seamlessly blends bluegrass, old-time, country and American roots music. Red June has been capturing the hearts of audiences across the country and has performed at the renowned Music City Roots live radio show in Nashville, TN as well as Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, Suwannee Springfest and the 25th anniversary MerleFest.
Acclaimed NC singer/songwriter Joe Newberry exclaims, “Red June is one of our truly great bands. They never fail to talk the talk and walk the walk.”
The band released their second full-length album, Beauty Will Come, on June 5th, 2012. This recording touches on timeless themes of transition, hope, loss and renewal, from deeply personal perspectives. Featuring original songs by all three band members, as well as a traditional gospel a capella, Beauty Will Come is sure to please the most discerning ear.
“Beauty Will Come by Red June just may be the most stunningly gorgeous country album in years” – Mike Greenblatt, Aquarian Weekly
“Beauty Will Come is a brilliant integration of old-time, bluegrass, and beyond, and feels like a holding of hands… the blend is beautiful. It’s world class music.” says singer/songwriter Kari Sickenberger of Polecat Creek.
Red June is Will Straughan on resonator guitar, guitar and vocals, John Cloyd Miller on mandolin, guitar and vocals, and Natalya Weinstein on fiddle and vocals. The three have been longtime friends, and first jammed together at a pickin’ party in Asheville in 2005. In late 2008 they formed Red June and went on to release their debut album, Remember Me Well, in 2010. Remember Me Well was very well received, and was voted the #1 regional release of 2010 by the listeners of the southeast’s premier independent radio station, WNCW.
“For those who seek well-crafted songwriting and impeccable musicianship, you just can’t go wrong with the acoustic instrumentation and powerful harmonies of Red June’s Remember Me Well. It’s an exciting debut from a collective of outstanding performers.” writes Chris Mateer in No Depression.
THE HONEY DEWDROPS are the Virginia-based roots duet of Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish. With a blend of new Americana and traditional folk music, they create inspired songs that are rooted in the experience and lives of people. 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 that is accessible to listeners everywhere. The songs they write shine with energy and emotion through intimate performances with a handful of acoustic instruments and tightly layered harmonies.
On stage, the Honey Dewdrops focus on dynamically blending the sounds of instruments and voices by singing and playing into a single microphone. There is a high lonesome quality to the way their voices blend that is familiar, yet the mixture is unique. Their music covers the ground between hand crafted folk songs, Appalachian ﬁddle tunes, and a cappella spirituals. In their own way, the duo ﬁlls up a room with sound and feeling that lingers long after the show is over.
For their third album, Silver Lining, the Honey Dewdrops 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 intimate 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 back roads 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.
During the past four years of touring full-time and playing for audiences across America, The Honey Dewdrops’ down-to-earth, real-life approach to music has touched audiences broadly and brought them to high proﬁle stages such as A Prairie Home Companion and gained them Folk Radio notoriety with two #1 albums.