18 January 2019 19:30 £12 / £8 (under 16)
The local honeys
The Local Honeys are comprised of Linda Jean Stokley and Montana Hobbs. Stokley from the rolling hills of the Bluegrass, and Hobbs from the foothills of the Appalachian region have developed a sweet sound of the bluegrass kissing the mountains.
They have dedicated themselves to the preservation of old music and the creation of new music. Their songwriting often reflects subject matter that little girls ought not talk about. This element played a strong impact in the production and creation of their debut album, "Little Girls Actin' Like Men."
Including both traditional and original songs, "Little Girls" showcases the Honeys ability to tear into hard driving fiddle tunes, sing the high lonesome sound, and tell a damn good story.
Montana Hobbs is a Lee Countian by birth. Growing up in the foothills of the Appalachian region and off the beaten path of the Mountain Parkway, Hobbs developed a strong love for music and storytelling at an early age. Spending her childhood among muleskinners and loyal patron’s of her family’s “country” store, she never had trouble finding characters or good stories.
Hobbs currently resides in Little Sinking, Kentucky in a little camper on the hill. She tours frequently in the U.S. and internationally with The Local Honeys and teaches private music lessons in Beattyville, KY. In 2016, she was awarded the Kentucky Folk Arts Council “Folk Art Apprenticeship” grant. Through this program, Hobbs became the apprentice of east Kentucky master banjoist and songster, John Haywood. Together they aim to preserve the endless beauty and magic that is the eastern Kentucky banjo style passed down for generations.
Linda Jean grew up in a multi-generational farming family on a beautiful apple orchard in Woodford Co. Kentucky. She comes from a lineage of hardworking men and women. At a young age, her mother noted and nurtured her love of music. So much so, that she decided to pursue music at a level of higher education as well as a career.
On Friday April 28th 2017, Linda Jean brought home the blue ribbon to the Bluegrass State. She took first place in the all-important bluegrass category with her anti-strip mining song, Cigarette Trees, at MerleFest's esteemed 'Chris Austin Songwriting Contest' in Wilkesboro, NC.