Flagstaff Arts Council and The Arboretum at Flagstaff are pleased to present The Honey Dewdrops in concert at The Arboretum on September 3, 2016. Doors open at 4:45 pm and the concert is from 5:30 – 7 pm with an intermission.
Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish share more than most couples. As the Honey Dewdrops, they share stages from venues to festivals across North America, stretches of rolling, infinite roadway, and a lot of songs; they share one mic and a hunger to pay attention to what endures. With tight harmonies and a musical ensemble that includes clawhammer banjo, mandolin and guitars, the effect is to leave listeners with only what matters: the heart of the song and clarity over ornamentation. After a year and a half of living on the road, Laura and Kagey now call Baltimore home and it’s where they wrote and recorded their fourth full-length album, Tangled Country, released May 2015 on Randm Records. Acoustic Guitar Magazine describes the set of songs as “a handcrafted sound centered on swarming harmonies and acoustic guitars that churn like a paddlewheel and shimmer like heat waves on the highway.” And like their stage performance, these new songs rock and reel, and then they console you when you come back down.
The closeness of sound and the musical compatibility that The Honey Dewdrops possess is unmistakable. On Tangled Country, each share vocals and guitars, augmented by Parrish’s mandolin and Wortman’s work on banjo and harmonica. “I think it comes from spending a lot of time together and knowing the inner workings of each other creatively,” says Wortman. And while comparisons to the music of Gillian Welch & David Rawlings are inevitable here, that’s because there’s something to this marriage of matrimony and music. Wortman and Parrish’s musical chemistry is so vivid here in recorded form that it’s not surprising to learn that their live performances are often described as “mesmerizing,” “evocative,” and “genuine.” The culmination of three years of writing and arranging, Tangled Country captures and communicates this as the duo weave dynamics and harmonies from one track to another, proving that The Honey Dewdrops bear the mark of musical maturity – in performance, arrangement, and songwriting.
Tickets can be purchased at the Arboretum Visitors Center, Coconino Center for the Arts, Arizona Music Pro, or the Arboretum’s Website.
Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. Tickets are $14 for members of The Arboretum and Flagstaff Arts Council; $18 for non-members; and $9 for kids 6-16. To avoid an online purchasing fee, please call The Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300.
Tickets are available
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