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Free the Honey

  • Montanya Distillers 212 ELk Avenue Crested Butte, CO 81224 USA (map)

This folk quartet is homegrown on the western slope of Colorado and offers up old time and original tunes with richly layered vocal harmonies and authentic acoustic resonance.

The elements are familiar — harmony singing, twin fiddle, open back banjo, guitar, mandolin, storytelling, and mountain culture. The alchemy is all their own. 

It is a sound inspired by place, community, and deep musical traditions.  It revives in the listener a connection to the simple goodness of life, the medicine of string and wood and voice. The band cultivates a pure quality to let the instruments and stories speak plain and true.

Each member began making music from a young age. Lizzy Plotkin picked up the violin at age 5, Jenny Hill has been pickin' with her family since age 7, Katherine Taylor spent childhood singing in the church, and Andrew Cameron began learning the piano and upright bass as a teen. The three founding ladies were raised in Tennessee, Texas, and Mississippi. After making a way to the west, they met in the Gunnison Valley and discovered that honeyed sound. Each is equally inspired to compose songs, and the diverse influences of the Americana soundscape are evident with hints of gospel, blues, country, gypsy, and jazz. The band crafts original tunes that honor tradition and are surely for this time.

Formed in early 2013, the first year was an inspiring, momentous time. After recording a 9-song album with Ragged Mountain Records in Howard, CO, traveling to Telluride bluegrass to play late night at the Steaming Bean, and playing a slew of home-town festivals and gigs, including the first annual Gunnygrass, Crested Butte Art Fair, and The Harvest Music Festival @ Mesa RV Resort, the Honey was a'flowin.

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Later Event: July 9
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