In preparing for this introduction writeup for IBA’s 8th podcast, I found on the internet a 2000 music review of the Grasshoppers, one of Idaho’s great bluegrass bands. The reviewer introduced the band by stating, “Hailing from the unlikely bluegrass state of Idaho.” Well, I think the IBA’s podcast series about bluegrass musicians with roots and connections to Idaho proves the reviewer dead wrong, it should read “hailing from Idaho, the bluegrass music state”! This podcast, the 8th in our series, isabout the amazing Honi Deatonand lends further proofthat Idaho’s bluegrass music scene is alive and well. Honi moved to Idaho at age 15 and was introduced to bluegrass music (including the “Weiser scene”) by Jeremy Garrett (featured in our 1st podcast and with the Grammy Award winning The Infamous String Dusters). Honi plays multiple instruments, is a singer/songwriter, teaches music, and is an amazing vocalist. She played with nationally recognized bluegrass bands includingthe Grasshoppers, Honi Deaton & Dream, and most recentlyHoni & Dreamgrass.Honilived inGeorgia for a while, where she and her husband Jeff Deaton were nationally touring musicians. Honi and Jeff are back in Idaho, and much involved in the music scene, including a recent release of an album (Make You Smile, Shop (honidreamgrass.com);Honi and Jeff also participated in IBA’s open mic last month!
Thanks to Gary Eller and Bob Pori for pulling together another great podcast that truly captures bluegrass in Idaho.
Honi Deaton Interview
This interview was produced for theIDAHO BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATIONin collaboration withTHE IDAHO SONGS PROJECTand the NATIONAL OLDTIME FIDDLERS'CONTEST AND FESTIVAL Interview conducted by Gary Eller Credits for Honi Deaton Interview:
Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On - written by Hank Locklin Honi Deaton & Dream (Promise to a Soldier) 2005 Lead vocal - Honi Deaton Harmony vocals - Jeff Deaton, Josh Brooks Banjo - Josh Brooks Guitar - Greg Luck Mandolin - Joe Clark Dobro - Andy Ruff Upright Bass – Jeff Me and Bobby McGee - Kris Krisstopherson Honi Deaton & DreamGrass (Make You Smile) 2021 Lead vocal - Honi Deaton Harmony vocals - Jeff Deaton, Josh Brooks Banjo - Josh Brooks Mandolin - Jeff Deaton Guitar - Jeff Deaton, Ladd Johnston Fiddle - Katrina Nicolayeff Bass - Jeff Deaton That Road - Written by Honi Deaton Honi Deaton & Dream (What Should Have Been) 2003 Lead vocal - Honi Deaton Harmony vocals - Jeff Deaton, Chris Davis Banjo - Kristen Scott Benson Guitar - Mark Mundy Mandolin - Wayne Benson Fiddle - Dewey Brown Upright bass - Jeff Deaton Wasted Memories - written by Honi Deaton Honi Deaton & Dream (The Other Side) 2009 Lead vocal - Honi Deaton Harmony vocals - Jeff Deaton, Josh Brooks Banjo - Josh Brooks Mandolin - Jeff Deaton Guitar - Wayde Powell Upright Bass - Honi Deaton