Honey Dew Drops come to Canyons
Kagey and Laura aren't like other couples. They're married to their work. Literally.
"My wife [Laura Wortman] and I have been playing music together for about seven years," Kagey Parrish said. "We've been doing music as a full-time thing for a little over a year now."
That full-time thing, called the Honey Dew Drops, comes to Canyons Friday at 9 p.m. for a free show.
From sunrise to sunset, music makes up the threesome that has become Parrish wedded bliss, and, for the past year, they've been traveling up and down the East Coast getting music lovers in on the action.
"Our stuff is all acoustic duets," he said, "sort of roots and traditional music inspired original songs. It's kind of a throwback to the older string style of music, but we're writing new songs."
It wasn't always rootsy.
"We actually met in college by playing in a rock band, what we quickly decided was not our cup of tea," Parrish said.
Now they're all acoustic. While not everyone would like to see their spouse 24/7, for the Parrish couple, it puts the honey in Honey Dew Drops.
"It's great," Parrish said. "There are parts of it that are stressful, but we spend a lot of time together in the car working, traveling to and from places we were playing ... who else would you rather spend more time with than your partner?"
And Blowing Rock is the perfect stop.
"It's an area that we've wanted to get down into," he said. "We've heard great things about Blowing Rock and the area, lots of traditional kinds of folk music, which is right up our alley, so we're excited to get down there."
The Charlottesville-based duo, which just released its second album in August, will be in town on the way to the Rhythm and Roots Festival in Bristol, Tenn. Their first album was No. 2 for two consecutive months on Folk DJ Radio. Among their other accolades? The Drops were named A Prairie Home Companion's 2008 talent show winners and were finalists in the 2009 Mountain Stage New Song Competition.
The Drops are set to drop in Canyons (8960 U.S. 321, Blowing Rock) Friday.