Friday, June 14, 7--9pm
$7 cover, In the Rockfish Lounge
Gene and Gayla Mills play acoustic Americana--modern folk tinged with bluegrass and country, featuring Gene’s award-winning original songs.
Their CD If Stones Could Talk reached #5 on the Roots Music Folk Chart and #11 on the Folk DJ chart. “Talking to a Stone,” which has already won two first place songwriting awards, reached #9 on the Folk DJ Chart.
Married over 25 years, Gene and Gayla have been playing as a duo since 2004. The duo features impressive lead guitar, solid bass fiddle, and smooth harmonies. Their songs--both originals and covers--tell rich, concrete stories of memorable characters, from miners and farmers to lovers and soldiers.
Covers range from traditional ballads to the Beatles, Larry Sparks to Bob Dylan, Hot Rize to the Louvin Brothers. Their influences include Townes Van Zandt, Claire Lynch, Crooked Still, Alison Kraus, Nickel Creek, Si Kahn, and Robin and Linda Williams.
Gene’s first CD Waiting for Rain garnered nationwide airplay, and he has won over a dozen country and folk songwriting awards. He is also an accomplished flatpicking guitarist.
Gayla’s bass playing, solid, rhythmic, and melodic, is accompanied by harmonies tender and sweet.
“Take the cornerstones of acoustic Americana, add a touch of bluegrass, country and folk, mix together with dedication, superb musicianship and then add precise harmonies. If these songs don’t move you, then your soul is made of stone.” (Tim Carroll, Folkwords.com)
Listen at www.geneandgaylamills.com or www.reverbnation.com/geneandgaylamills.