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Paonia, CO
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Portrait of Honey Don't
Honey Don’t is the musical union of Bill Powers and Shelley Gray, perhaps better known as one half of the Paonia, Colorado based old time-bluegrass band, Sweet Sunny South.

Their music is acoustic and based in the folk tradition. They draw from their bluegrass and old-time background but also inject some country, blues and a little swing. The songs are catchy and engaging, funny, sad, lonesome and uplifting. Most of the songs are original, but select covers and traditional tunes are part of their repertoire as well.

Bill describes himself as a writer first and foremost and all the while that Bill has been writing songs for SSS and otherwise, Shelley has been right there by his side working out arrangements and adding her bass and smiling voice to the mix. Honey Don’t is the harmonious result of their long-time partnership as musicians, parents and friends. Bill and Shelley’s comfort on stage and with one another creates an endearing vibe that comes shining through the music. The term “laid back” has come up often in describing that sound. Many of the songs have a wonderful sweetness and dreaminess to them but some get right down and rock too so there is something for everyone’s taste.

In 2010, HD will be joined by Ryan Drickey (fiddle) and Greg Schochet(mandolin/guitar) Greg and Ryan are two of the best acoustic musicians Colorado has to offer. This combination of talent is destined to leave a lasting mark on the acoustic music scene throughout the western region of the US. Between the four they have played nearly every major regional festival and stage you can name. Including High Mountain Hayfever A Prarie Home Companion, Boulder and Fox Theaters, The Durango Meltdown, Four Corners Folk Festival, Moab Folk Festival, Rockygrass, Silverton Jubilee, Flagstaff’s Pickin in the Pines, Wintergrass in Tacoma WA and many, many more. These folks are pros and know how to entertain and although Honey Don’t is a new group on the scene the individuals know their way around the craft.Their self titled CD was released in June 09'to rave reviews and wound up rising to #25 on the Americana Music National Charts in 09. The Cd was highly successful in Colorado and was named to #2 most played Colorado Release on Colorado Radio in 2009-out of 100 releases.That's better than Yonder Mountain, Spring Creek, Boulder Acoustic Society,Drew Emmit, Emmit Nershi Band. The logical explanation for this is that songs are great the music is accessible and can be presented in broad range of formats.The disc has been praised in reviews by online magazine.The, The Colorado Bluegrass Music Society magize "Power Pickin", and Bluegrass Unlimited.The latter claims the CD to especially interesting for adventurous listeners. contact Bill Powers for booking at
970-527-5112 or 970-270-2276(cell) or email at