Locust Honey, John Lilly opens

October 03, 2017 8PM
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$15 / 13

As Locust Honey, Chloe Edmonstone and Meredith Watson bring their experience in Old-Time, Bluegrass, and Pre-War Blues to both theiroriginal material and the traditional songs and tunes of the American Southeast.  With a rotating instrumentation of fiddles, open-back andresonator banjos, acoustic and resonator guitars, they set an emphasis on lively arrangements that showcase their signature vintage vocalharmonies.  Joined by John Miller, (The Fox Hunt, The Hackensaw Boys,) on upright bass, they have been touring the US, UK and Ireland since2012.

Their original song, "When The Whiskey's Gone," was featured in the 2014 film "Time Out of Mind," starring Richard Gere and directed by Oren Moverman, and a second unreleased original will be included in the 2016 film "The Dinner," by the same writer/director.  Locust Honey's record "Never Let Me Cross Your Mind" debuted to critical acclaim in 2014 and remained in the top ten on the Folk DJ Charts for 4 months.  Subsequently released in The UK and Ireland, it was chosen as one of the best country albums of 2016 by The Telegraph in London.


John Lilly is a multi-faceted performer and songwriter who makes his home in Charleston, West Virginia. An award-winning songwriter, John is also recognized as an accomplished vocalist and song stylist. He accompanies himself on acoustic guitar and mandolin, playing original songs that sound as old as the hills and old songs like they were made yesterday. According to one reviewer, "If Hank Williams had a sunny disposition, he'd be John Lilly." (Durham, NC, Independent)

Born in Chicago, John has traveled to 48 states, South and Central America, and in the United Kingdom, both as a solo artist and as member of performing groups including the Green Grass Cloggers, Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers, Company Comin', and, most recently, Blue Yonder.

He is especially known for his mastery of the early country music styles of Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams. John is considered a fine yodeler and frequently teaches workshops in yodeling, as well as workshops in the songs of Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams. He has been on the teaching staff for Early Country Music Week at the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College five times.

In 2005, John won first place in the Ghost Writers in the Sky songwriting competition for songs in the style of Hank Williams, sponsored by Hank Fest, a Chicago-based music festival, for his song "Blue Highway." In 2010, John won first place in the "Next Great Road Song" competition sponsored by Midas Muffler and Spin! magazine, for his original song "Come and Go."

John has recorded six solo CDs. His most recent release is titled "Thinking about the Weather," a solo acoustic recording featuring 12 original songs and released in January 2015. Other solo recordings include "Cold Comfort" (2011), "LIVE on Red Barn Radio" (2009), "Haunted Honky Tonk" (2007), "Last Chance to Dance" (2003) and "Broken Moon" (2000).

In addition to his solo performances and recordings, John appears regularly with the band Blue Yonder, based out of Charleston, West Virginia, featuring two-time national flatpicking guitar champion Robert Shafer and bassist Will Carter. John also produces an annual Hank Williams tribute in Charleston, West Virginia, featuring Steel Guitar Hall of Fame member Kayton Roberts, Grand Ole Opry veterans Buddy Griffin and Roger Carroll, vocalist Rob McNurlin and others.

By day, John is editor of West Virginia's acclaimed Goldenseal magazine, the state's quarterly journal of history and traditional life. John is also formerly the publicist for the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, and a former tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.


Please note that the seating chart has recently been updated, so be sure you are purchasing the seats you want.  If you do not purchase all seats at your table, other patrons may be seated with you.  Your ticket reserves you a place at the table you select but not a specific location at that table.  There is no food or beverage minimum.  All tickets are non-refundable.

$15 / 13
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