Once upon a time, there was a roadhouse out on the highway, The Dew Drop Inn. I must have driven past it hundreds, if not thousands of times. The sign always beckoned, but I never gave into its call. Then one night I noticed that the the neon wasn't lit, and the tavern windows were dark. I never found out what kind of place it really was. If I close my eyes, I can see peanut shells on the wide pine floor and the sweet sound of bluegrass band playing from a makeshift stage.
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.
It's not just the Honey Drewdrops' songs that are inspired, it's their stickers, too. Take a gander at this remarkable design. It looks like a woodcut print on a piece of parchment paper ... which the original artwork might be ... Through the magic of digitization and our space-age digital printing system, we were able to due justice to the original artwork.
Here's the Honey Dewdrops performing 'Hills of my Home' at the Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival:
You should pick up a copy of their second album, "These Old Roots."