Local Honeys call on their hive to record track for upcoming cover album

By Matt Wickstrom

Montana Hobbs, left, and Linda Jean Stokley of The Local Honeys. Photo by Erica Chambers Photography

CLAY CITY, Ky. — Trailblazing old-time trio The Local Honeys are hard at work on a new album and want to invite you to be a part of it!

The group consisting of Linda Jean Stokley, Montana Hobbs and Megan Gregory at its core will be at Meadowgreen Appalachian Music Park in Clay City tomorrow, May 25, beginning at 2 p.m. for a potluck, performance, pre-order party and live recording for their sophomore full-length effort The Local Honeys Sing The Gospel, or The Gospel for short.

The album, set for an early July release, features an eclectic collection of songs from the American south and is a follow-up to 2017’s Little Girls Actin’ Like Men, which netted the group loads of praise including the top honor at the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in April 2017 for Stokley’s hit tune “Cigarette Trees.”

Performances on the all-covers album include re-interpretations of compositions from lauded female songwriters such as Pike County, Kentucky’s own Molly O’Day, Letcher County’s Martha Carson and Johnson County’s Loretta Lynn, among others

Listen to The Honeys perform “He Split The First Church of God” below for Lost River Sessions. The song was penned by Don Rogers, who will appear with the band on the recording of the track that will make its way onto The Gospel.

Recorded at Rick’s Main Street Studio in Clay City with Rickey Wasson, a long-time bandmate and performer alongside the iconic J.D. Crowe, The Gospel encompasses various styles including old-time country, bluegrass, early electric guitar stylings, a brother/sister duet, 60’s folk and old regular Baptist lining out.

According to the band, those who pre-order the album will receive The Gospel ahead of it’s proper July release, delivered with free shipping and extra surprise goodies within.

The Clay City gathering will be the last time to catch the band before they depart for much of the summer on an extensive tour across the pond in Europe. For more information on the group visit TheLocalHoneys.com.


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