The Honey Dewdrops

The Honey Dewdrops play folk and roots music that bring banjo, mandolin and of course guitars into their fullest glory. We got to chat a bit about music at a recent show together in Yonkers for Urban H20. honeydew-drops-pix

  1. Can you remember the first guitar you owned? What was the make and model and how did you acquire it?

Kagey: The first guitar I got was shared with my brother, a no name classical guitar our mom reluctantly bought. I didn't care what it was, it made sounds that sounded like a guitar. It was in the shape of a guitar. I still remember holding it not knowing how to play at all and being really happy.

Laura: My parents bought a cheap-ish Yamaha dreadnought for me while I was in grade school so I could take lessons. I loved that guitar and it inspired many years of playing Beatles' songs and other rock tunes throughout my academic years. 

  1. What are the qualities that matter to you now when deciding on a guitar, and how has this changed over time?

Kagey: I really like acoustic guitars that sound like martin or gibson guitars that were made from 1930-ish - the 40's. There's something about an old guitar that sounds so guitarry, its a great sound. We are lucky to be living in a guitar making renaissance when a lot of builders are making very high quality Martin / Gibson golden era inspired guitars so there a lot of great choices.

Laura: I didn't know much about guitars before I met Kagey. I knew I loved the deep, resonant sound of a dreadnought guitar but didn't realize until later that it was the type of wood that would make a difference. I suppose that I prefer Rosewood to Mahogany purely because of the lovely, bass-y tones I can get as a rhythm player.

  1. How did you discover your present guitar, and how did it find its way home to you?

Kagey: Laura bought the guitar I'm playing now back in 2006. It was her first serious guitar investment, took her about 15 minutes to decide to buy it - a 2006 Huss and Dalton DR-H. Basically its Huss and Dalton's take on a D-28. When she bought it I had recently bought a Martin D-18 Golden Era, which was a good guitar, but it didn't really hold a candle to her Huss and Dalton. I was jealous form the beginning. A few years later I sold the D-18 and bought a Huss and Dalton T-OM and was finally happy. Now Laura has grown to love the T-OM and I have always loved her DR-H, so we swapped. Worked out just as I had planned!

Laura: Kagey pretty much answered the question. I love that H&D DR-H. It was my first "serious" guitar purchase and may even be my last. A lot of songs have been written on that guitar and it came to me through inheritance money from my wonderful and supportive Grandmother who loved that I played music. I think about her a lot when I hear it played (even more when Kagey plays it because I can REALLY hear it). Currently, I'm enjoying the smallness of the OM and since I've started flat picking, it's been a great learning instrument for that style. I'll get the DR-H back one day!

  1. What historical aspects, if any, have you unearthed about your present or past guitars?

Kagey: Jeff Huss claims our DR-H is one of the finest Huss and Dalton's he's heard....

Laura: ...And that is high praise from the maker!

  1. What was the most recent song you composed on your guitar, and how did your present guitar tool lead you to discover the right music?

Kagey: I wrote a song called Guitars. I felt some mysterious urge to write a song about guitars b/c I've always loved guitars. I've always been called towards the sound and look of them. I got to thinking how we are all kind of like guitars, aging and getting closer to our true selves over time and weathering.

Laura: I wrote a song called "Numb" last year while going through some rough emotional patches. I jokingly started playing Billy Joel's "Piano Man" so that I could learn the cool harmonica part in that tune and as the hours passed I started singing a new song. I believe that tune was written on the dreadnought, not the OM! Only in-progress tunes have been played on the OM.

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