Originally formed in 2006 in Paonia, Colorado- now living in beautiful Bend Oregon- we're a husband and wife duo-I write, we record records, we perform around the pacific NW and Colorado and spots between- and Benji Nagel plays dobro and guitar w us and Don Hawkins plays snare- folk music w roots in bluegrass and oldtime and we play everything from country and bluegrass, to swing folk, and rock and roll-
Honey Don’t is the musical union Bill Powers and Shelley Gray, also well known as one half of Paonia, Colorado’s esteemed old-time bluegrass band Sweet Sunny South. Their music is based in the folk tradition and takes many cues from a bluegrass and old time background, but also stretches into the more inclusive arena of “Americana” including elements of blues, swing, honky tonk and dare we say, Rock and Roll. Over the past ten years touring and recording with SSS, Bill has established himself as one of the leading songwriters in the Colorado acoustic music scene. His songs have been described as immediately catchy, engaging, and funny to hard hitting, sad and lonesome. Add Shelley’s lilting harmony vocal style and solid bass chops and you’ve got the core of the “Honey Don’t” sound. Most of the songs are original, but select covers and traditional tunes are part of their repertoire as well. Their 2009, debut release featuring Greg Schochet on mandolin and Ryan Drickey on fiddle hit the top 40 National Americana charts for several weeks topping off at #25. The cd was the #2 (out of 100) most played on Colorado Radio and one of five nominees in the bluegrass category for Denver’s “Westword” Magazine’s 2010 Showcase. Their most recent CD, Heart Like a Wheel, is more electric featuring drums, electric guitar, organ and the rockin’ fiddle of Betse Ellis, of the Wilders. Whether acoustic or electric, the key elements of the band’s sound remains and is sure to make a resounding impression on every audience they meet.
Wide Open Spaces (Instrumental)
You Can't Get Your Kicks on Route 66 (original Demo)
Barry Uke (Instrumental)
Sleepy Rowan (Instrumental)
Love Overcomes (Instrumental)
Grow Your Own
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3: What was the worst advice?
play this gig for free--it'll be great exposure
4: What was your first concert?
Sammy Hagar in Carbondale IL was the first w friends-- the Beach Boys is the first I recall w my folks in Jackson MS-- and my sister took me to a show in Hattisburg MS when I was a kid- the Gap Band, Skyy, and Kool and the Gang- friggin awesome!
5: What/where is the best road food?
best tasting in and out burger- best for you-- not fast food
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