"Honey Don't rocks! Well actually, it bluegrassizes and old-times, which is infinitely better...you all have definitely carved out a niche for yourselves and developed an immediately recognizable sound--a mixture of bluegrass and old time propelled by some sharply crafted tunes with some real meat on them."
Nashville Public Radio
"Honey Don’t is pure unadulterated fun -great singing and songwriting that will make you want to get up and dance around the jukebox." Mollie O’Brien
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 while injecting 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 he has been writing songs for SSS and otherwise, Shelley has been right there working out arrangements and adding her bass and 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 a laid-back and endearing vibe that shines through the music. The quality of their songs range from sweet and dreamy to downright rockin’ resulting in an eclectic sound enjoyed by any audience and can be booked as a duo, trio or quartet.
In 2009, Honey Don’t welcomes Ryan Drickey on fiddle and Greg Schochet on mandolin and guitar. Greg and Ryan are two of the best acoustic musicians Colorado has to offer. This combination of talent and collective experience are 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 The Durango Meltdown, Four Corners Folk Festival, High Mountain Hayfever, A Prairie Home Companion, The Rialto, Boulder and Fox Theaters, Moab Folk Festival, Rockygrass, Silverton Jubilee, Flagstaff’s Pickin’ in the Pines, Wintergrass in Tacoma, WA and many, many more. Although the group is new on the scene, these seasoned performers are sure to entertain.