Honeyboy and Boots are a husband/wife, guitar and cello duo with a unique style that is all their own. The songs Drew writes come straight from the heart. Their sound embodies Americana, traditional folk, alt country, and blues.
Drew Blackwell is a true Southerner raised in the heart of the black prairie in Mississippi. First picking up the guitar at fourteen, he was greatly influenced by his Uncle Doug who taught him old country and folk classics. Later, he was mentored and inspired to write (and feel) the blues by Alabama blues artist Willie King. You will hear all of this in his writing and his stories come alive in his songs.
Honeyboy (Drew) can also be found belting out those blues notes as the lead vocalist for the Old Memphis Kings, he also never begins his day without a hot cup of black coffee!
Courtney Blackwell grew up in Washington State and comes from a talented musical family. She began playing cello at the age of three. Her mother was most influential in her progression of technique, tone quality, and ear training. Since traveling around much of the South, she has enjoyed focusing on the variety of ways the cello is used in ensembles. When she plays, you will feel those groovy bass lines making way to soaring leads create an emotional and magical connection between you and her music. She loves working in the studio and bringing the screaming emotion out of her cello she fondly calls "baby".
Courtney joined Single Lock Recording artist Dylan LeBlanc on tour November 2015 co-billing with Lera Lynn (T Bone Burnett and Rosanne Cash) and joined Dylan LeBlanc his band the Pollies this past summer 2016.
Together they performed at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee, and Sloss Fest in Birmingham, Al. They also toured as the opening act for the Wood Brothers and Anderson East.
The duo formed in Mississippi in 2011 and in 2014 moved to the Nashville, TN area. They have opened for such acts as Verlon Thompson, The Josh Abbott Band, Cary Hudson (of Blue Mountain), and Rising Appalachia. This past year they have performed at the 2015 Pilgrimage Music Festival in Franklin, TN. They also came in 2nd place at the 2015 Gulf Coast Songwriters Shootout in Orange Beach, FL. Though they spend most of their time on the road, touring Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, Texas, Washington and Idaho, they are proud to call Tennessee home!