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C.V. Starr Center for the


Study of the American Experience

The Honey Dewdrops (Americana Folk Duo)


Date: 6:30pm EDT June 22

2017 Riverfront Concert Series on the Custom House Lawn Stage

The 2017 Washington College Riverfront Concert Series kicks off on Thursday, June 22, 2017 with an appearance by Baltimore Americana folk duo the Honey Dewdrops (6:30pm show). The series is produced by the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and Michael Buckley producer and host of the Sunday Brunch on 103.1 WRNR.

In the summer of 2014, after a long stretch of living on the road, performing and writing across the U.S., Americana songwriters and Virginia natives Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, collectively known as The Honey Dewdrops, decided to settle down in Baltimore, MD. “Touring is like collecting images of landscapes, sounds of voices, contents of stories, moods of places and environments,” says Wortman. “All of that can be useful. It tells you something about human nature, about how the world works, little by little.” And while comparisons to the music of Gillian Welch & David Rawlings are inevitable here, that’s because there’s something to this marriage of matrimony and music. Wortman and Parrish’s musical chemistry is so vivid here in recorded form that it’s not surprising to learn that their live performances are often described as “mesmerizing,” “evocative,” and “genuine.” Wortman’s voice considers the long lineage of songwriters and stewards of the American roots tradition: “We are born unto our own, sapling seeds from old growth…many hands and many years gone…everyone with a song to teach, some sing pain, some sing peace.” But through this long convergence of tradition and history, the chorus makes clear the binding factor: “Sing we all true songs / We sing them right, we sing them wrong / Tuned up tightly and passed along / Like old guitars, we breathe songs.” Tangled Country bears witness to The Honey Dewdrops’ simply being themselves, stewards of the Americana tradition, having seen the world and grown a little older and now finally come home.

Mark your calendar for two other Riverfront Concerts:

Thursday, July 6: “Guitaras Americana” Music of the Americas, Salvadoran to Samba with Fredy Granillo and Jonathan Stone 

Thursday, July 20: A Joyous Evening of Eastern Shore Community Gospel Music featuring the Gospel Shepherds and the Mighty Men of Mt. Olive Gospel Choir

All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. with free lemonade and cookies provided each night. Rain location June 22 at Norman James Theatre, Washington College, and on July 6 and 20 at Hynson Pavilion, Wilmer Park.