Free the Honey is a trio of Southern-born musicians that came together in 2013 on the Western Slope of Colorado amidst friendships and the magic of harmony singing. This young band, consisting of Jenny Hill (fiddle, mandolin, guitar), Lizzy Plotkin (fiddle, mandolin, guitar, ukulele), and Katherine Taylor (banjo, guitar, mandolin) works to revive in their audiences an appreciation for the simple goodness of life and the medicine of string, wood and voice. Says Taylor, "It is important that we are serving our community and also that the creative process enriches our personal lives. We make music because it is an instinct and vital tradition we hope to cultivate."
Drawing most of their inspiration from the greats of American jazz, blues, folk and bluegrass, Free the Honey draws from respective musical upbringings to make a sound all their own.
Hill grew up outside of Austin, Texas, in the small Hill Country town of Dripping Spring. Texas swing, country, classic rock 'n' roll, and bluegrass filled the rooms of the potlucks she grew up going to, as friends picked up guitars, fiddles, mandolins, washboards, washtub basses and spoons. Plotkin was raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and at the age of four asked her mother if she could play the violin. She has studied the violin formally and informally ever since, with influences including Vassar Clements, Stephane Grapelli, and John Hartford. A native of Mississippi, Taylor is a folk music devotee with country, blues, and gospel running deep. Her childhood was rich in church music and choral singing and while in college, she was exposed to string band music for the first time.
The trio has three albums, including their first full-length studio album and most recent release, 2015's "Fine Bloom," recorded at Swingfingers Studios in Fort Collins. "Fine Bloom" was the number one album on folk radio in October 2015, with single "Take Me Home" the number one song for two consecutive months on the Folk DJ Charts. The have toured across the South played festivals around Colorado including several sets this spring at the MeadowGrass Music Festival.