The Local Honeys

old-time / KY / hillbilly

Where in the hell is Dingess, Kentucky?

(...coordinates given only to the minds of the courageous and tenacious...)

W.B. Walker's "Old Soul Radio Show" 4th Anniversary show is fast approaching and we're happier than ol' Blue layin' on the porch chewin' on a big ol' catfish head. We're awfully proud to be sprinkled among such a killer lineup. 

Them ol' Local Honeys...I figure I'd start the set out with quite possibly my favorite song released in their latest release...'Little Girls Actin' Like Men' hell...let's get to the's them ol' Local Honeys for ya...tellin' ya about them ol' Cigarette Trees...on W.B. Walker's 'Old Soul Radio Show'...Ayeoh
- Episode 136: W.B Walker's Old Soul Radio Show Podcast 

W.B. Walker's 'Old Soul Radio Show' 4th Anniversary Show

The V Club 


Tim Lancaster 7:00-7:25

YOURS TRULY... 7:30-8:00

The Horse Traders 8:05-8:35   

Sam Williams 8:45-9:15 

Josh Morningstar 9:25-9:55

Billy Don Burns 10:00-10:45

Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound 10:55-11:40

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers 11:50-12:50

Tyler Childers 1:00-2:00






"The L & N Don't Stop Here Anymore"

"When Jean Ritchie was a young girl, the Louisville & Nashville Railroad had a little passenger train that ran by the mouth of the Slabtown Holler in Viper, Kentucky, where the Ritchie Family lived.  When the coal mines shut down, the passenger service along with the coal trains was discontinued.  It was one of the first signs of hard times.  'The L And N Don’t Stop Here Anymore' is a reflection of the period."

— Ritchie's son, Jonathan Pickow

The L&N tells the story of declining employment for the coal and railroading industries. The dissolving of these industries proved to be economically destructive and to this day remains a hot topic issue in our region. Ritchie originally credited the song to her grandfather, Than Hall, because like many young women in years past she used a pseudonym to protect her ideology from the public eye. It is a real song. It hurt then and it hurts now. Many families are still living the story. 


The L & N Don't Stop Here Anymore

Written by: Jean Ritchie 

Performed by: The Local Honeys 

In Dingess, WV for W.B. Walker's Old Soul Radio Show 

Videography by: Melissa Stilwell Photography








Cowan Creek Mountain Music School

Mark Your Calendars

June 19th-23rd 2017

We're excited to be a part of 2017's Cowan Creek Mountain Music School. 

Linda Jean will be teaching "Beginning Overhand Banjo" class and Montana will be aiding John Haywood as a teaching assistant in his "Southeast Kentucky Banjo Styles" class. 

The 16th annual Cowan Creek Mountain Music School, June 19-23, 2017 will bring together some of this country's finest old time musicians, along with students of all levels, for a week of learning and fun.  

The school will offer courses in banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass, singing, old time string band, storytelling, and Kids on the Creek, an arts and music class for kids ages 3 to 10 led by Amanda Wells, Sophie Dansereau and Debra Fields.  Other faculty include Jimmy McCown, Erynn Marshall, John Haywood, Don Rogers, Carla Gover, John Schwab, Sarah Wood, John Harrod, Karly Dawn Milner, Linda Jean Stokley, Russell Wright, Brett Ratliff, Nate Polly and Angie DeBord .

Students will enjoy in-class visits and afternoon performances by masters of traditional music Bruce Greene, Lee Sexton and Betty Vornbrock as well as jam sessions, workshops, faculty concerts and square dancing.  

The school is held at the Cowan Elementary School and the Cowan Community Center near Whitesburg in Letcher County, Kentucky.  Instrument classes are open to kids age 11 and older and adults.  Tuition is $200 for Kentucky residents and $250 for out-of- state students. Tuition for Kids on the Creek is $100. Youth scholarships are available! Registrations are due by June 9.

 For a complete schedule and registration information see the website: or request a brochure at or call (606) 633-3187 .

The Cowan Creek Mountain Music School is produced by the Cowan Community Action Group, Inc. with support from Appalshop, the Letcher County Board of Education and the Letcher County Tourism Council.



"How Many Young Girls Would Take Guns And Go Hunting?"

After our long overdue college graduation, we set our sights far across the sea to the tiny, bear-shaped Emerald Isle of Ireland.  ‘Twas there that we were so fortunate to meet one of our favorite bands early on in the summer of our demise; Lynched, a Dublin based Trad band.

Within a small and empty pub, we shared tunes over dark, frothy pints, and it was here that we first heard our new friend, Radie Peat belt out this beautiful English ballad. The entrancing melody caught our ears and we quickly learned the tune, while adapting it to our traditional mountain sound.

Like many songs during the summer of 2015, we learned and practiced it while dangling our legs off of the window ledges of our little apartment on Ely.

This video of "Hares On The Mountain" was captured by Nathan Isaac's amazing eyeballs. It is part of #SomerSessions video series in Somerset, Kentucky. You can check out more SomerSession videos of regional artists at:

Red Room Recordings at The Shine House

Hey y'all, SomerSessions put us in their picture box.

"Cigarette Trees" - Written by Linda Jean Stokley - Performed by The Local Honeys 


"Rock Salt And Nails" - Written by Utah Phillips - Performed by The Local Honeys


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Get 'em while they're hot!

Hot damn. Hell yes. Alrighty then. 

Our debut record, Little Girls Actin' Like Men if officially available online for purchase.


Click on the "MERCH" tab at the top of the site to purchase either a Digital Download OR have a Physical Copy of the record sent right to your mailbox.


You can preview the record by clicking on the "MUSIC" tab at the top of the site.


It read, "Letter from Tom T."

This evening we almost lost our damn minds when we saw the subject line of an email from the Olive Hill Arts & Education Center. 

It read, "Letter from Tom T." 

That's right! The Storyteller, Mr. Tom T. Hall wrote The Local Honeys a letter. (swoon)

The President of the Olive Hill Historical Society, Linda Lowe, was sharing the traditional music happenings in and around the Olive Hill area with her family friend, Mr. Tom T. and specifically mentioned the children's songwriting workshop we led last month. Linda sent him the blog post (Craftin' Little Tom T. Halls)  that we wrote about our day spent with the little inspiring storytellers in Carter County. 

Tom T. asked Linda to relay this letter to us. (posted below) 

We guess it doesn't matter "Who's Gonna Feed Them Hogs" cause we're as happy as two dead pigs in the sunshine. Love you too, Tom T. 




Craftin' Little Tom T. Halls

We spent the morning in Tom T. Hall country working with some incredible young songwriters at the Olive Hill Arts & Education Center. There must be something in the Tygart's Creek water, cause these kids are natural storytellers!  

We shared stories, songs, and history about our area and even crafted our own little songs together. It was so amazing and inspiring to watch them work together and brainstorm to create something artistic! Go check out the Olive Hill Arts & Education Center and get yourself and your little ones involved with what's happening around them! 

Knott Yer Average Music Series

Welp, we're as happy as two dead pigs in the sunshine.

On April 21st  we are gonna pick and sing alongside one of our favorite master musicians, Randy Wilson.


There will be inappropriate amounts of old-timey Kentucky music and Ale8one. 

Music In Morehead

We're in high spirits this morning because we are gearing up to play in one of our favorite towns this evening. If you're in the Morehead, Ky area tonight then we invite you to join us at Pasquale's Restaurant on Main Street for the most delicious cheese fries of your life and some good ole Kentucky tunes, songs, and stories. 



We're excited that after several years of playing together that we finally have a website. We hope you'll take a look around and think of us when you want to hear some Kentucky music because #KentuckyKicksAss.