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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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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