A dynamic “revolutionary roots-rock” duo is sweeping through the Western states on their 17-day tour from Rumsey, Kentucky.
Heath & Molly have been featured at various festivals across the United States and Europe, but have yet to discover the beauty of the Moab area.
The married duo is following the advice of friends and fans this tour, and coming through Moab on Tuesday, Oct. 11, to bring their “Mountains & Valleys” tour to The Blu Pig. The 21-and-over show is set to start at 7 p.m.
The duo is from a town near Owensboro, Kentucky – a place that many local inhabitants consider the barbecue capital of the world.
“We love barbecue,” Molly Eric said. “That’s what drew us to The Blu Pig.”
The evening will be true to tradition, as Heath & Molly will serenade their crowd to the smells of barbecue, under the ambient lighting of The Blu Bar at Moab’s “Blues, Brews and Barbecue” joint.
Molly and Heath Eric said their original music is inspired by themes of social justice, free-thinking virtues, equality and diversity.
The duo played a show in Rowan County, Kentucky, during the height of the controversy surrounding Kim Davis – the county clerk who gained international attention through the denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
“Our music really speaks to equality,” Molly Eric said. “It felt important to be a part of that.”
Heath & Molly blend vocals, acoustic guitars, baritone guitars, Djembe, Cajun and various percussion instruments to create a homegrown folk experience that emulates a larger band.
“We consider ourselves a concert band. We enjoy art festivals and music festivals,” Molly Eric said. “But we also like performing at places with food and a good time – where people can sit and really listen to the band.”
The musical couple joined forces over eight years ago, and they said they look forward to more adventures ahead.
The duo has been on contract with Kentucky State Parks for several years. Performing at venues without traditional accommodations led the way and inspired the couple to continue to camp while on tour.
Molly Eric said that the two write a good deal of their material together, and from experiences that often come from traveling or time spent in the great outdoors.
The “Mountain & Valleys” tour merges both pastimes, and will take them across Kentucky, Indiana, Colorado, Utah and Arizona.
“We will camp near the base of the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff, near Monument Valley in Utah, in the Rockies in Colorado, and more … I can’t imagine better accommodations for a concert tour,” Heath Eric said. “Plus, it really helps keep us in shape.”
“Revolutionary roots-rock duo” comes to The Blu Pig on Oct. 11
“We consider ourselves a concert band. We enjoy art festivals and music festivals … But we also like performing at places with food and a good time – where people can sit and really listen to the band.”
When: Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m.
Where: The Blu Pig, 811 S. Main St.
Cost: No cover charge; 21 and over
For more information, go to www.heathandmolly.com. Prospective showgoers or fans can listen to Heath & Molly’s recommended original, “Truth,” on their new album “Beneath the Roost,” which they recorded in Cascade Cave at Carter Cave State Park in Kentucky.