The Local Honeys
An Appalachian Christmas Carol celebrates the Kentucky Appalachian Region by setting the story in various areas of Pike County, Kentucky USA.
Come see An Appalachian Christmas Carol December 1-17 and enjoy a pre-show performance by The Local Honeys 30 minutes before each show!
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.
The Local Honeys Cliff Notes:
We are a duo specializing in old-time traditional Kentucky music. While we emphasize the preservation of our home music of the Appalachian and Bluegrass regions, we believe in the importance of creating new music relevant to the time and obstacles we face today. Our debut record, Little Girls Actin’ Like Men, stands true to our writing style. Our songs reflect subject matter that Little Girls out not talk about.
Recently, we brought home the blue ribbon to the Bluegrass state in the 2017 Chris Austin Songwriter’s Contest at Merlefest. We performed my song “Cigarette Trees,” a message to the coal industry that has been very present in our region, at the festival in Wilkesboro, NC. Here is a Youtube link of that song: https://youtu.be/4F6k4Xdrj4Q
We also take pride in becoming the first women to graduate with bachelor’s degrees in Traditional “Hillbilly” Music from the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University in 2015. We cut our teeth in Morehead and after graduation we have continued our educational pursuits of learning our home music by participating in apprenticeship grants with master artists, teaching private instruction as well as camps, performing regularly, participating in monthly square dances, and spending time with older musicians across the state.
Shortly after graduation we sailed across the sea to the Emerald Isle. We had a very rigorous schedule of drinking frothy pints, making musical friends, and collecting songs Jean Ritchie style. Here’s a ballad we learned during our stay in Dublin with our mountain-y spin on it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO5jGGHKSjA
Along with performances at festivals and events across Kentucky we enjoy hosting workshops. Our workshop topics include: the archaic art of singing with the fiddle / east-KY banjo styles / and a children’s songwriting class of their own design titled, “Craftin’ Little Tom T. Hall’s” in the legendary storytelling style of Tom T.