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An interview with Kagey Parrish of The Honey Dewdrops

Oct 23, 2013

The husband-wife folk duo of Kagey Parrish and Laura Wortman, known as The Honey Dewdrops, are living an old-style vagabond musician lifestyle. They have been on the road nearly non-stop for more than five years playing coffee shops, house concerts, folk festivals and even A Prairie Home Companion.

They are bringing their Americana-roots blend of acoustic music to The Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth this Saturday night at 7pm.

People are always into hearing something that is new and something that is different.

Parrish and Wortman met in college, and after playing together in a failed rock band, explored their shared love for traditional American acoustic music, and honed their craft in their native Virginia for a few years before hitting the road. 

"I think there are regional differences in our audiences wherever you go," said Kagey Parrish.  "For example, last week at our show in Fairfield, IA, a lot of people there were interested in Irish music.  That's really interesting, because our background is different," he said.  But Parrish says even with the differences, the audiences he and Wortman have found on the road over the years all have an appreciation for folk and acoustic music.  "I think that people are always into hearing something that is new and something that is different.  And that's what we try to bring to audiences," Parrish said.

Most of The Honey Dewdrops set list are original compositions.  But Parrish says the duo are preparing to be part of a Beatles Tribute later in the year, and the current tour includes performances of "Lovely Rita", "All I've Got To Do", "Something" and an instrumental version of "Strawberry Fields Forever".

The Honey Dewdrops
Credit Neal Golden