Honkies hit the honky tonks

Article Published: May. 19, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Honkies hit the honky tonks

Guitarist Tim O'Donnell and violinist Rebecca Dawkins have performed for the past six years under the moniker The Nouveaux Honkies. They will be bringing their roots music quartet to Canyons in Blowing Rock this Saturday.

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When music lovers think of gut-bucket blues, they usually think of places like Memphis, Chicago and the Mississippi Delta.

South Florida is not the first place that pops into a blues aficionado's noggin.

One of the country's best touring rock and blues quartets, however, comes from the land of palm trees. The Nouveaux Honkies are a foursome that know how to get the best out of old and new tunes, and their sound has been compared to early Rolling Stones, Dire Straits, Curtis Mayfield and Howlin' Wolf.

The Nouveaux Honkies will perform at Canyons of the Blue Ridge in Blowing Rock on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 10 p.m. Admission is $5 per person.

The Nouveaux Honkies are Tim O'Donnell on guitar and vocals, Rebecca Dawkins on violin and vocals, Aaron Wright on bass and Brian Menendez on drums.

The band's self-titled debut album won the Best Roots Band award in Palm County in 2007 and their sophomore effort, "Where Do I Go," hit the No. 3 position on the Roots Music Report.

Guitarist O'Donnell and violinist Dawkins first met when she relocated from South Carolina to Florida. His punk and roots rock playing found a soul mate in her classically trained yet eclectic violin chops. They began to take on gigs as a duo but have found a true home with the rhythm section of Menendez and Wright.

Since then, with the help of their fans and friends, the band has been playing some great venues and festivals throughout the East Coast with acts like Asleep at the Wheel, The Duhks, The Waybacks, Styx, Randy Bachman, Cedrik Watson, Tab Benoit, Randy McCalister, Hot Tuna, the Lee Boys, Joe Bonamassa, The Insomniacs, The Lovell Sisters and many more.

For more information on Saturday night's show, call Canyons (8960 Valley Blvd. in Blowing Rock) at (828) 295-7661. For more on The Nouveaux Honkies, visit tnhband.com.

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