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January 30, 2014

‘Honey Dewdrops’ coming to Kingwood

Bringing their blend of folk, acoustic and old-feel Americana and bluegrass music

FAIRMONT — The musical roots duo of Laura Wortman and Kagey Parish will bring their blend of folk, acoustic, old-feel Americana and bluegrass music to the Preston Community Arts Center in Kingwood on Feb. 8, at 8 p.m.

Wortman and Parish are a married couple and came up with the name “The Honey Dewdrops” after they lived in Scottsville, Va.

“There was a bar there called the Dewdrop Inn, which was made famous on the TV show ‘The Waltons,’ and this is where we got the name ‘dewdrop,’ and we came up with ‘honey’ because we are married,” Parish said. “It just seemed to fit.”

Parish said he met his wife in college and started working with her 10 years ago, and after five years they quit their jobs as full-time teachers to continue their singing and song-writing careers.

He added loving and listening to a lot of music throughout their lives is one reason they decided to become musical artists.

“During our college years we were listening to a lot of acoustic music (bluegrass, old-time country, jazz, etc.), and there is something real about that type of music and the setup of the bands that bring importance into people’s lives,” Parish said.

He said they are interested in the music now more than ever before.

“There is something about the simplistic, honest songs people sing that make you feel better,” Parish added.

The duo has played in other areas of West Virginia, but this is their first time in this area, Parish said.

The show is part of the Laurel Mountain Concert Series that takes place once a month. The series includes musical genres such as roots and folk.

“We tend to do best in places where music is on the quieter side,” Parish said.

He said they heard about the Laurel Mountain Concert Series through a friend, and after traveling all over the country they find that this type of music does well in a country setting.

During the past five 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 and brought them to high-profile stages such as “A Prairie Home Companion.”

The Honey Dewdrops will be playing songs from all three of their records.

For “Silver Lining,” their third album, Wortman and Parish set up shop on an old farm in Catawba, Va., and invited their best friends over to help tune guitars, craft songs, keep creativity flowing and uncork the wine.

The result is a remarkably intense recording that sounds much larger than the two people at the center of the music.

“Hopefully a fourth CD will be released at the end of 2014,” Parish said.

Parish said the show consists of two 45-minute sets and should end around 10:30 p.m. He said audiences can expect a lot of harmony singing, which is a huge part of their show.

“The harmonies helps bring the songs to life,” Parish said.

Parish plays the mandolin; Wortman plays the banjo; both play the guitar.

Three albums and more than 500 shows later, Wortman and Kagey continue to log many miles on the road to share their passion of playing music.

Email Kristen Talerico at ktalerico-@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @KTalericoTWV.

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