The Local Honeys aim for trailblazing traditional music

By Matt Wickstrom

Traditional and old-time music typically isn’t thought of as trailblazing. The Local Honeys would like us to think again.

The duo is Linda Jean Stokley and Montana Hobbs, the first two women to graduate with bachelor’s degrees in traditional music from Morehead State University. Last spring, they released their debut album, “Little Girls Actin’ Like Men,” which they’ve been supporting with a number of upcoming Lexington-area gigs, such as Friday night’s Warehouse Block Party, and shows around the region.

In its first iteration, The Local Honeys were a duo composed of Stokley and Stephanie Jeter. The two met while Stokley was attending Morehead State. Jeter had recently graduated from East Tennessee State University and moved to Morehead to teach at the university’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music. Soon after, Hobbs, another aspiring musician at Morehead State, joined the group, transforming it from a duo to a trio that had a high-profile Lexington gig opening for the Steep Canyon Rangers in in 2014. Now, Stokley and Hobbs are the regular members of The Honeys, with Jeter and other guests occasionally sitting in.

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