Five Firsts: Kagey Parrish of the Honey Dewdrops

The Honey Dewdrops (photo by Jack Looney)
The Honey Dewdrops (photo by Jack Looney)

NAME: Kagey Parrish
BAND AFFILIATION: The Honey Dewdrops
INSTRUMENT: guitar, mandolin

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS: “The Last Waltz,” on recommendation of my dad. “The Weight” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” became my favorite songs for that year in 1993. Thanks, dad!

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS: The Beach Boys in Richmond, VA, 1988

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS: an electric piano from local toy store. Was two octaves. Painted red.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS: “Friend of the Devil” at a church talent show in 1994.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS: A lip-sync trio with my brother and our cousin. The repertoire was Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” which we had on tape, and whatever came on the radio. I played the red electric keyboard sitting down sometimes, and when the songs got boisterous and rocking, it turned into a key-tar.

Kagey Parrish and his wife/musical partner Laura Wortman team up as the Honey Dewdrops at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 7pm on Sunday for a special Mothers’ Day show. Tix are $18, which includes coffee and dessert, in addition to a concert of fine music from the award-winning Charlottesville-based, Appalachian-roots music duo.

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