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 may be delivered acoustic or electric and is based in the folk tradition with bluegrass and old-time at its deepest roots. Bill is a well respected, and award winning songwriter within and beyond the Colorado circuit and Shelley is a skilled bass player and vocalist. They’ve been making music together for well over a decade and like a fine wine or exceptional bourbon, the best of their qualities have naturally distilled into a truly unique vibe with a certain sound and feel that has developed into a trademark.
Whether it’s a sweet love song, a tribute to veterans, or a rocking boogie-woogie number, their music is always delivered in a comfortable casual way that pulls the listener in and has them hanging on every word. “I find I tend to write from a strong sense of place. I’m highly affected by my surroundings and the memories and experiences come out in the music and songs I write,” says Bill of his songwriting style.
Honey Don’ts influences are many including the writing and music of Robert Hunter, John Prine, John Hartford, Buddy & Julie Miller as well as contemporary bands such as Finnders and Youngberg and Anne & Pete Sibley. The band is based around the duo, but often Bill & Shelley share the stage with a handful of stellar players with either an acoustic or electric slant. This variety can be heard on their various albums.
The band’s 2009, debut release hit the top 40 National Americana charts for several weeks topping off at #25. The cd was the #2 (out of 100) most played on Colorado Radio and one of 5 nominees in the bluegrass category for Westword Magazine’s 2010 Showcase.
Now, November 2013, Honey Don’t is thrilled to announce the arrival of their latest release, “Heart Like a Wheel.” With more of an electric treatment than the first CD, we can’t wait to get it out and start seeing it show up on playlists across the country.