Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish are the Honey Dewdrops: an award winning, nationally touring husband and wife folk duet who perform fresh, original songs focusing on vocal harmonies and tight instrumentation. Influenced by traditional Appalachian music as well as contemporary singer-songwriters, the Honey Dewdrops blend old styles with new, creating music that is powerful and heartfelt.
If the Sun Will Shine, their debut record, was released in 2009 to critical acclaim and was #2 for two consecutive months on Folk DJ Radio in 2010. Recorded live and mixed in a 1920's barn, the record is meant to pay homage to their live performances â€“ full of the same energy and emotion the Honey Dewdrops bring to the stage. The album is a collection of songs that Laura and Kagey have written over the past two years, capturing "something haunting, melancholic and all-together charming" (Jeff Royer, Fly Magazine).
Their highly anticipated second album, These Old Roots, released in August 2010, is also a tribute to the way music was recorded before overdubs and tracking. "We wanted that sound and feeling to come through in each of the songs here. For this session, the microphones were set up, we gathered around them and played each song, and then we picked the take that sounded the best. We've tried as much as possible to leave it at that," says the duo from Charlottesville, Virginia. "The songs in this collection encompass so much of what we love about traditional southern mountain music- the earthy singing, the haunting guitar melody, the message the song delivers. We're drawn in. We hope that you are drawn too."
The Dewdrops are A Prairie Home Companion's 2008 talent show winners and were finalists in the 2009 Mountain Stage NewSong competition.
This is what folks are saying about the Honey Dewdrops:
"The musical equivalent to a couple that finishes each other's sentences."
- Shawn Underwood, Twangville.com
"I have admired the work of the Honey Dewdrops from the first notes I heard. They capture what is best of old time Appalachian music including the tight harmonies and beautiful melancholy tunes."
- Anne Williams, Host of WNRN's Acoustic Sunrise in Charlottesville, VA
"When you listen to the Honey Dewdrops, you cant just listen to one song â€“ you just want more, more, more. Their gentle spirits come with powerful voices while the instruments have voices of their own. This is fresh, homegrown music but deeply rooted in tradition and most importantly it is really good!" â€“ Anne & Pete Sibley
"Their talent is such that it's quite possible that a new band recording in the year 2020 might cite the Honey Dewdrops as a prime influence."
- Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine
"Long may the Honey Dewdrops continue to make music this timeless."
- Maverick Magazine