Event Detail

The Local Honeys
with The Local Honeys, Reilly Downes
Fri August 5, 2022 8:00 pm CDT (Doors: 7:30 pm )


w/ Reilly Downes

$12 In Advance // $15 Day Of Show // 21+

Tickets are required to attend. No Refunds. Artists receive 100% of all ticket sales. This event is 21 and over. Any Ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 21 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund.

VACCINATION POLICY: All guests that plan to stay on site are required to be fully vaccinated until further notice. You can show your physical vaccination card, a copy of your card, an email confirmation of your vaccination or a photo of your card at the door or to our baristas/bartenders. Your name or birth date must match your valid government-issued ID. 

The Local Honeys

The songs on The Local Honeys speak to a new generation, a new Appalachia, the people who understand the beauty, the struggle and the complexity of contemporary Appalachian life. In “The Ballad of Frank and Billy Buck” Hobbs describesthe grace, humor and irony of an aging hillbilly leading up to the final moments of his unjust demise. Or there’s “If I Could Quit” -a song that grapples with the horrors of the ongoing opiate epidemic and the guttural pain of watching a friend deteriorate through addiction. Pride and sense of place runs deep on songs like “Throw Me in the Thicket (When I Die)”, a love letter about Linda’s family orchard in Central KY or on “Dead Horses”, a song that offers a glimpse into the hardships and loss attached to rural living. Playful colloquialisms and regional idiosyncrasies also permeate the record as illustrated on “Better Than I Deserve”, a song built around an informal greeting Montana’s Papaw used during her childhood. The album is rounded out with “The L&N Don’t Stop Here No More”, (the only

cover on the record written by Jean Ritchie, Appalachian royalty and kin to Hobbs), a song highlighting the hardships of post-coal communities painting an all too familiar scene of contemporary rural Appalachia. Reflecting upon these songs Linda notes, “Songwriting can freeze people in time like a photograph, preserving little nuances particular to specific cultures and I love that.” The Local Honeys come from a long line of storytellers, a lineage of strong Kentucky women who aren’t afraid to tell it like it is and their self-titled La Honda debut is proof it’s in their bones. The duo have mastered the art of telling a good story. The narratives and landscapes they weave into song, the deep understanding and love they share for old time traditions, their undeniable charisma and charm, and their blatant disregard to follow the rules make it clear the duo is poised to become not only the defining voices of their home state of Kentucky but the defining voices of a new Appalachia.

Reilly Downes