Layering silky harmonies over bluesy fiddle licks and driving banjos, bluegrass powerhouse Local Honeys will have you clapping your hands and stomping your feet. Homegrown in rural Appalachia, Local Honeys is comprised of fiddler/vocalist Linda Jean Stokley and banjoist/vocalist Montana Hobbs. The duo met while studying at Morehead State University—where they became the first female graduates to earn Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in Traditional “Hillbilly” Music. Local Honeys is equally dedicated to the preservation of traditional bluegrass and adding their own new music to the genre. Local Honey’s lilting tones spin stories on subjects that “little girls ought not talk about” with nuanced emotions and skilled construction.
Local Honeys are the two-time recipients of the Kentucky Arts Council's ‘Folk Art Apprenticeship Grant’ (2015 & 2016), through which Hobbs became the apprentice of Kentucky’s award-winning master banjoist and songster, John Haywood. The duo has toured extensively across the United States, internationally in Ireland and Jamaica, and has performed alongside Canadian troubadour and festival-favorite, Colter Wall. Local Honeys has earned praise from fans, critics and fellow musicians—including two personal letters of support and encouragement from GRAMMY winner and Country Music Hall of Fame member Tom T. Hall. Their debut album Little Girls Actin' Like Men, was released in December 2017 to critical acclaim.