S. Montana Hobbs
Montana Hobbs is a Lee Countian by birth. Growing up in the foothills of the Appalachian region and off the beaten path of the Mountain Parkway, Hobbs developed a strong love for music and storytelling at an early age. Spending her childhood among muleskinners and loyal patron’s of her family’s “country” store, she never had trouble finding characters or good stories.
Her admiration for music quickly turned into a passion after high school when she found herself at an impasse in her college career and found the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University by the grace of God in 2012. Amongst a barrage of extremely talented and knowledagble staff and peers, Hobbs found the joy of playing music and songwriting and hold close to it. It was at MSU, Hobbs met her partner-in-old-time-crime, Linda Jean Stokley. Together in 2015 the pair became the first two lady graduates with Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in Traditional “Hillbilly” Music.
Hobbs currently resides in Little Sinking, Kentucky in a little camper on the hill. She tours frequently in the U.S. and internationally with The Local Honeys and teaches private music lessons in Beattyville, KY. In 2016, she was awarded the Kentucky Folk Arts Council “Folk Art Apprenticeship” grant. Through this program, Hobbs became the apprentice of east Kentucky master banjoist and songster, John Haywood. Together they aim to preserve the endless beauty and magic that is the eastern Kentucky banjo style passed down for generations.