Original and traditional tunes with richly layered vocal harmonies and authentic acoustic resonance from the western slope of Colorado
The elements are familiar — singing harmony, twin fiddle, open back banjo, guitar, mandolin, storytelling, and mountain culture. The alchemy is all their own. It is a sound inspired by place, community, and deep musical traditions. It revives in the listener a connection to the simple goodness of life, the medicine of string and wood and voice. Rooted in the Americana soundscape with hints of gospel, blues, country, gypsy, and jazz, their original tunes honor tradition and are surely for this time.
Since its formation in 2013, the band has gained a natural momentum and warm welcome around Colorado and beyond. They have recorded and released Free the Honey (2013) In our Hands (2014) and Fine Bloom (2015). And have graced the festival stages of Gunnygrass, the Crested Butte Arts Fair, Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival, Jammin at Hippie Jacks, John Hartford Memorial Festival, the Mountain Harvest Festival, along with many meaningful community events in their home valley of Gunnison. They have also taken the music on the road, sharing their sound in North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Texas.
In April 2015 Free the Honey recorded their first full length studio album, Fine Bloom at Swingfingers Studios in Ft. Collins, CO with bassist Andrew Cameron under the guidance of producer KC Groves (Uncle Earl) and engineer Aaron Youngberg (Finnders and Youngberg). Fine Bloom, released September 15, 2015, features 13 original tunes and Free the Honey's vintage folk, jazz and gospel aesthetic, embodied by delicately soaring three–part harmonies.
Free the Honey's dedicated musicianship is complimented by place-based songwriting drawn from the deep well of feminine experience and indelible ties to home, family and nature. Radio listeners around the world have been catching a taste of the sweet sound of "Fine Bloom" emanating from the gorgeous Gunnison Valley and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Fine Bloom was the most played album on folk radio for October 2015 and subsequently #3 for November 2015 with "Take Me Home" as the most played song for two consecutive months according to charts compiled by Richard Gillmann from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio.