Honeytown is a fun and upbeat four-piece group of talented musicians from Kidron, Ohio featuring Tim Shue, Nate Gundy, Kevin Himes, and Toby Hazlett. The band's eclectic musical mix of original compositions, unexpected arrangements and their tightly-blended harmonies have won them a fan base all over the midwest. Their varied instrumentation ranging from fiddle to banjo, washboard to bass ukulele, accordion to percussive trash cans takes their audiences by pleasant surprise.
Honeytown has performed their unique blend of unpredictable folk americana, rock and roll and progressive bluegrass for conventions, conferences, art shows, churches, weddings, benefits, barbecues, houseconcerts, coffeehouses, and as the showcased musical guests for several performances of Carol Barnett’s The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass. They play regularly at Lehman's in Kidron and have been the house band for the bi-annual “Frohliche Dorf Show”, also in Kidron. They have performed twice at the Kent State Folk Festival's 'Round Town, the Ohio and Pennsylvania Mennonite Relief Sales, and Lakeside Chautauqua in Lakeside, Ohio and the Holmes County Ohio Fair.
Kevin Himes joined Honeytown in May of 2008 as the group's accordionist and percussionist. An avid Star Wars nerd, pastor, and Anabaptist studies enthusiast, Kevin is just the calm, complacent sort the guys needed to bring sanity and stability to an otherwise hyperactive folk band (editor's note: this is a lie). Kevin brings his gift of composition to the group as well as his high-energy drumming. After all, his greatest drumming influence is Animal from The Muppet Show. Kevin is husband to Jen and father of four adorable children.
Nate Gundy grew up in a music-loving family in Bluffton, Ohio, and moved to Wayne County in 2007 after a 7-year stint in Ontario, Canada. While in Canada, he attempted to enlighten himself through studies in Music and English education, coming away with a couple bachelors degrees, numerous choral experiences, and many guitar lessons both given and received. He now spends his working days as an English teacher and soccer coach at Central Christian School in Kidron, and his spare time on auto mechanics, backpacking, gardening, home renovations, and playing on the Wooster United soccer team. Honeytown has fulfilled his lifetime dream of being part of a band of merry men to rival that of the late Stan Rogers. Nate lives in Orrville, with wife Jess, sons Caleb and Owen.
Tim Shue originally comes from Kansas, finding his roots in Kidron as a music teacher at Central Christian School. He is a birder, lover of nature, maker of mosaics and woodcarvings, and, of course, a gifted musician who has long dreamed of having a band where instrumentalists could play in different styles and could sing harmonies instantly! Tim and his wife, Jennifer, have three daughters: Harper, Sommer and Veena.
Toby Hazlett is the lone Holmes County Honeytown representative, having moved to the area in 2000 where he designed and built a home near Millersburg in which to raise five brave and talented children along with his life partner, Denice, who serves as Honeytown's band mama and calendar queen. Toby has performed in a wide variety of venues as guitarist and bassist, from solo to full orchestra, from the time he was 14. He enjoys filling the role of technical and sound advisor for the group and has produced the first two Honeytown albums, Nobody's Fault but Mine and Edgar Allan Crow, in his home studio, Sprouted Acorn Studios in Charm. He teaches guitar and bass at Larry's Music Center in Millersburg and at Central Christian School in Kidron.
Photographer: Denice Rovira Hazlett of Sprouted Acorn Photography
Venue: (Above) Lucky Records, Wooster, Ohio
(Below) Holmes County Fair, Millersburg, Ohio